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Eagala is dedicated to building the body of evidence by encouraging, facilitating, and sharing research and program evaluation in equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning. 

Eagala Research Summary

To contact the Eagala Research Committee for:

  • Information or resources on research and data
  • Conducting research or program evaluations
  • Contacting the Eagala membership to collect data for papers, or to find Eagala programs who may be a good fit for a research project
  • Overall interest or questions on research and outcome data on Eagala Model equine-assisted psychotherapy

Email:  Chair:  Angela Sherman, Ph.D.


Recent Projects needing Member Involvement (those posted below are still looking for subjects):


January 31, 2018: Investigating the effectives of the Eagala Model

This is a great way to support building evidence for the Eagala Model, and collect data in your program, with all the work done for you!

In this project, clients would be in contact directly with the researcher and provide their questionnaires via mail.

Please click on this link for more information and contact information.

Please contact the researcher, Kim Ryan at Brandon University, directly for participation and any questions:

Please support this effort and thank you for considering being part of this important study!


May 1, 2018: How Eagala practitioners identify and respond to ethical issues in the practice of equine-assisted psychotherapy

Dear Eagala Members- 

My name is Lisa Krystosek and I am a doctoral student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis currently looking for research participants to take part in a qualitative study regarding the ethical climate of Eagala as an organization. The purpose of this study is to to develop an understanding of how Eagala Model practitioners identify and respond to ethical issues that arise within the practice of equine-assisted psychotherapy. This study has been approved by The University of Missouri Institutional Review Board (IRB Number: 1186812-1).

If you are at least 18 years old, and are a Certified Eagala Practitioner, I would greatly appreciate your participation in this study.  Participation in this study involves completing one interview with me, lasting about 45 minutes. Interviews will be conducted in a location convenient to you and may take place in person, via telephone, or via video conference. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact me. 

You have the right to not answer any question you choose. You may exit participation at any point. There are no penalties for not participating. There are no foreseeable potential risks to participating in this survey. Participant information will be kept anonymous. If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact Lisa Krystosek ( or faculty advisor Dr. R. Rocco Cottone (

Thank you for your consideration.


Lisa Krystosek, JD, LPC, Ph.D. Student in Counselor Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis Education Sciences and Professional Programs

R. Rocco Cottone, Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis