Grad students needed for focus groups about dogs on campus

Stella is a therapy dog working with EACPHS researcher Christine Johnson
Stella is a therapy dog; her handler is Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Occupational Therapy Christine Johnson.

Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty members Rosanne DiZazzo-Miller and Christine Johnson are seeking full-time Wayne State graduate students as research participants for their study that examines perceptions and experiences with dogs on campus.

Focus groups will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, Wednesday, Dec. 5, and Wednesday, Dec. 12. If you're a full-time graduate student in any program at Wayne State, please see below for full details and how to participate. 

Research Participants Needed

Graduate Student Perceptions and Experiences with Dogs on Campus


Dr. Rosanne DiZazzo-Miller, Christine Johnson
Wayne State University Department of Health Care Sciences, 259 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Eligibility for all participants:

  • Student enrolled in full-time course load as a graduate student  

Study description: Volunteers will be asked to engage in conversation through a focus group with investigators and peers regarding perceptions of animal assisted activity programming.  All study details and the opportunity to have any study related questions answered will be provided during the consent process.

Long term study goals: To better understand the interest of college students in engaging in animal assisted activity (AAA) programming as well as the factors that will be important to consider in development of an AAA program.

Time commitment: A single focus group lasting approximately 45 to 60 minutes

Location: Classroom in Wayne State University Department of Health Care Sciences, 259 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Compensation: All participants will receive refreshments and snacks during focus groups as well as an opportunity to win a $50 gift card through raffle.

Scheduling: Contact Christine Johnson by phone 586-946-0349 or email

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