At the UCF Center for Play Therapy Research and Training, our mission is to promote best practices for serving children through the process of play therapy, a developmentally, responsive approach to counseling children through immersion in the community. To fulfill this purpose, we have developed partnerships with local schools to provide play therapy services to children in need, evaluating the effectiveness of this approach through research. At the center, we provide opportunities for training, research, publications, and partnerships with those in the community that share this mission.

(From left to right) Dr. Dalena Taylor, President John C. Hitt (1992-2018), Dr. Glenn Lambie

Meet the Director
Dalena Dillman Taylor, PhD, LPC, RPT, is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, past president of the North Texas Association for Play Therapy (2013–2014), and the play therapy certificate coordinator at UCF. Dr. Dillman Taylor is a trained Adlerian play therapist and focuses her research on the effectiveness of Adlerian play therapy with children and adolescents who demonstrate disruptive behaviors or academic difficulties in the classroom and at home.