At the UCF Play Lab, 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.

Meet the Staff

Acting Director
Caitlin Frawley, M.A., Ed.M. is the acting director for the UCF Play Lab. She is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of Central Florida. She focuses her research on play therapy with children exposed to complex trauma, and trauma-informed counseling with children and families in the foster care system. Her dissertation study is entitled: An Investigation of Change Mechanisms Using Psychophysiological Data: Child-Centered Play Therapy with Children Exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences.


Caitlyn Frawley headshot

Caitlin Frawley