Welcome to Research Spotlight! 

This page is dedicated to highlighting recent research in play therapy so that you can see what the research says! These studies will focus on a variety of topics to help play therapists in their everyday practice and will feature experts in the field. As part of our renewed research initiative, these articles will be available for a limited time and a quick video explanation can be found on our youtube page HERE. Scroll down to start learning! 

The multicultural playroom with special guests Regine Chung, Krystal Turner, & Elizabeth Aguilar

Check out the full article HEREAccess will be available until March 24, 2023.
Ray, D.C., Chung, R. K., Turner, K.K., & Aguilar, E.V. (2022) The multicultural playroom. In D. C. Ray, Y. Ogawa, & Y. Cheng (Eds.), Multicultural play therapy: Making the most of cultural opportunities with children (pp. 29‐43). Routledge.

Previous videos and articles:

Research Spotlight with Dr. Elizabeth Burgin
Burgin, E., & Ray, D. (2022). Child-centered play therapy and childhood depression: An effectiveness study in schools. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 31, 293-307.

Research Spotlight with Dr. Kristi Perryman
Perryman, K. L., Robinson, S., Bowers, L., & Massengale, B. (2020). Child-centered play therapy and academic achievement: A prevention-based model. International Journal of Play Therapy, 29 (2), 104–117.

Research Spotlight with Dr. Dalena Dillman Taylor
Dillman Taylor, D., Thompson, K. A., & Kottman, T. (2022). Strengthening the efficacy of Adlerian Play Therapy through the measurement model. International Journal of Play Therapy, 31(3), 165–173.

Research Spotlight: Child-Centered Play Therapy and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Ray, D. C., Burgin, E., Gutierrez, D., Ceballos, P., & Lindo, N. (2021). Child-centered play therapy and adverse childhood experiences: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Counseling & Development, 1–12.

Research Spotlight with Dr. Alyssa Swan
Swan, A. M., Bratton, S. C., Hughes, L., Walker, K., & Frawley, C. (2022). What experiences prompted adoptive parents of preadolescents to self-refer for child–parent relationship therapy? International Journal of Play Therapy, 31(2), 119–130.

Research Spotlight with Dr. LaKaavia Taylor
Taylor, L., & Ray, D. C. (2021). Child-centered play therapy and social–emotional competencies of African American children: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Play Therapy, 30(2), 74–85.