Gaw, MaryRose

Full time student


Year of Entry: 2011

Thesis Title: Equine assisted therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Establishing a behaviour analytic evidence base

Summary of Research: This study aims to assess the efficacy of Equine Assisted Therapies for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, an area which is saturated with anecdotal literature. ‘TAGteach’, a teaching method which is based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, will be applied to Equine Assisted Therapies in order to enable quantitative analysis of the therapy and contribute to evidence-based practice. 

Personal Statement: I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Queen University in 2008, following this I worked as an ABA therapist with children with Autism from 2008 to 2012, during this time I completed a Masters in Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the School of Education. I am certifed in both TAGteach and the Horse Boy method.

Research Centre: Centre for Behaviour Analysis

Supervisor: Prof Karola Dillenburger