Research Projects

Current Research Projects

Dr. Dillman Taylor, Principal Investigator
Science of Play: Understanding the facets of the Play Therapy process
The UCF Play Lab is conducting quantitative research with children ages 3-5 years old to further understand the nuances of play behaviors and the therapeutic relationship. This project consists of five doctoral students, one research assistant, and one mentor.

The UCF Play Lab is conducting qualitative research on the impact of COVID-19 on children and families. This project consists of one doctoral student, one research assistant, and one mentor.

New Opportunities with the UCF Play Lab: The current research investigation is seeking to recruit 5 children between the ages of 3-5 years old who are exhibiting aggressive behaviors. Participants will receive weekly counseling sessions utilizing play therapy intervention at no cost! For more information, please contact Dr. Dillman Taylor.


Dr. Dillman Taylor, Principal Investigator. Continuing the exploration of the Impact of Adlerian Play Therapy (AdPT) on Children, ages 6-9 years with Emotional Disturbances. University of Central Florida, Office of Research and Commercialization, $7,469

UCF Center for Play Therapy Research and Training is partnered with Orange County Public Schools to conduct a randomized control trial on the effectiveness of Adlerian Play Therapy on reducing disruptive behaviors/emotional disturbances. This project consists of one counseling intern training in Adlerian play therapy, 2 observers to examine the participants' behaviors in the classroom, and 2 mentors who provide the active control group.

Future Research Projects

If you are interested in researching play therapy, contact Dr. Dillman Taylor to discuss potential partnering opportunities and projects.

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