Current and Future Research Projects
- Instrument Development for Longitudinal Measurements of Transformative Learning – A Pilot of a Learning Activities Survey with Medical and Nursing Students, Health Care Professionals, and Community Members Using an Interactive Theatre Intervention
The aims that will guide this pilot study are: 1) to develop and pilot test the understandability and usability of an instrument that describes the occurrence of a transformative change in perspective about a particular subject portrayed using interactive theatre; and 2) To establish reliability and validity of the instrument in order to use it for future studies involving TL and interactive theatre interventions
- The Effectiveness of an Interactive Theatre Intervention on Improving Adherence to Self-Management Regimens for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema (Pamela Otsby, PI)
The first phase of this study was conducted with a focus group of breast cancer survivors with BCRL to identify barriers and facilitators to self-management of BCRL from which data are currently being used to create an interactive theatre intervention script. Phase II of this study aims to: (1) Develop and test the feasibility of an interactive theatre intervention that aims to improve adherence to self-management regimens for BCRL and improve self-management rate; and (2) Determine the effectiveness of an interactive theatre intervention on perceptions of self-efficacy and self-regulation in managing BCRL. This study will examine adherence with BCRL self-management regimens utilizing two randomized groups: (a) one receiving printed information about BCRL, compared to (b) one receiving printed information about BCRL and participating in an interactive theatre intervention. Circumference and perometry measures will be taken to monitor BCRL status. The contribution of the findings from this study will advance knowledge about the use of participatory interventions. Findings will have far-reaching implications for clinical practice in education, support, and empowerment of patients who struggle to cope with chronic conditions.
- Creative Self-Efficacy. To what extent can students be taught to become more confident in their creative abilities? Can a university course in creativity not only teach students to become more creative, but also to feel confident in their creative abilities?
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