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Animal Assisted Therapy Project Phase II

McCormick Dementia Research


September 14, 2016

Joint Research Project with King’s University College Moving into Phase II: A Study of the Staff Perspective and Experience of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Managing  Dementia-Related Behaviours


The second phase of the research study of the impacts of animal therapy on managing aggressive behaviours in people with dementia is looking at the experience and perspective of the staff involved.  Conducted in partnership with King’s University College, this portion of the study will seek to verify the staff’s care delivery experience with study participants, family members and observers during phase one, as well as any impacts on staff morale and the working environment.


McCormick Dementia Research is committed to conducting, supporting, sharing and engaging in research activity that enhances quality of life for people living with dementia and their caregivers. The results from this study will improve our understanding of how to enhance the care environment for residents, families and staff members.


This program, which is beginning in September 2016, follows the completion of the data-collection phase of the animal therapy project.  Staff participation is voluntary and consists of holding 15-20 minute private interviews with research assistant Catherine Blake of McCormick Dementia Research. Participants will be asked to share their perspectives of the project and its impact on residents, staff, families and the overall atmosphere and morale of the work environment.

The study is taking place in the Memory Lane dementia care wing of McCormick Home.


The study is being conducted by Julie Casey, a social worker and animal therapist, in partnership with King’s University College. The research is being supervised by King’s research advisor and faculty member Dr. Rick Csiernik. Proper consents have been received and confidentiality of the participants is being strictly maintained.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Crawford, CEO, McCormick Care Group, at 519-432-2648 ext. 2319, or by e-mail at