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Participants needed for research into Service Dogs and PTSD

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I am a Counseling Psychology doctoral student at Walden University and am currently in the dissertation phase of my degree program. I am looking for participants to take part in a research study looking at the impact of service dogs on combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related symptoms.

The purpose of this study is to examine the impact, if any, of the use of service dogs on PTSD-related symptoms in noncombat and combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD. These dogs are also referred to as PTSD Dogs or Mental Health Assistance Dogs. In this study, PTSD Dogs and Mental Health Assistance Dogs will also be referred to as Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSD). This study is also looking at attachment styles of combat and non-combat veterans.

Completion of the surveys should take approximately 10-20 minutes.  Participants will be anonymous and will not be contacted in the future.  As a disabled veteran myself I understand the importance of privacy. This study does not collect any privacy information and the host website does not even collect IP addresses of the computers used to participate in the study.

The survey may be reached at and I have attached my IRB approved flyer.I would appreciate any assistance in getting this survey out to the target population if possible. Please do not hesitate to email me any questions concerning this survey at [email protected].

Thank you

Christine Hansen

Doctoral Student • Counseling Psychology

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

[email protected]


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