First Blue Plate Research Event to Focus on Innovative Therapy Research

On September 29, at 11:30 am MST, Utah State University’s Office of Research will launch the Blue Plate Research series. The inaugural event, titled “Rethinking Therapy — More Interventions for Emotional, Mental, and Physical Health,” will highlight research efforts and discoveries in the field of therapy.

As the state’s only land-grant institution, Utah State University has a mandate and responsibility to share data-driven discoveries with the general public. Because health and well-being are top issues of concern among Utah citizens and leaders, Utah State University developed the Blue Plate Research series to share tools and insights on Utah’s health and well-being that are trustworthy, real and usable.

This first event will focus on three researchers who are developing innovative interventions for emotional, mental, and physical health:

  • Online and self-guided therapy that is as effective as in-person sessions: Michael Levin, associate professor in the Clinical/Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program.
  • Equine-assisted therapy for both physical and psychological treatments: Judy Smith, professional practice assistant professor in the Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences department.
  • Music therapy interventions for exceptional individuals, older adults and psychiatric populations: Maureen Hearns, associate professor and director of the Music Therapy Program. 
  • The event is open to the public, and those interested in attending can RSVP now to learn more about this innovative and crucial health and well-being research at
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Event Logistics

The event will be hosted virtually, beginning with a video that features the presenters sharing their research that will premiere at 11:30 a.m. at That video presentation will be followed by a live question-and-answer session with the presenters hosted on Zoom, which can also be accessed through the Blue Plate Research website.

The presentation portion will be between 20-30 minutes, while the panel will run anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

In the meantime, those interested can find conversations featuring each of the researchers on the INSTEAD podcast, produced by the USU Office of Research, which highlights researchers and their discoveries across the Utah State University system.

Interested parties can also stay up to date on the event details through the Office of Research Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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