Research

Researching the effects and creating an evidence base for the use of circus as a therapeutic modality influencing the social, emotional, & physical well-being of those who participate in circus arts is just as important as the intervention itself.  She has presented her occupational therapy circus work in lectures at Tufts University and presented at the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy [MAOT] conference in October 2011, November 2013 & November 2014 in Norwood, MA.  She also presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA] conference in April 2012 in Indianapolis, IN, a workshop in April 2013 in San Diego, CA, and two poster presentations in April 2014 in Baltimore, MD.  She has also spoken internationally as part of College of Occupational Therapy [COT] in Brighton, England in June 2014 and as part of the American Youth Circus Organization [AYCO] and American Circus Educators [ACE] Educators Conference in conjunction with Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, Canada in September 2014.

To view poster from AOTA 2014 about all OT circus interventions – click here

To view poster from AOTA 2014 about OT circus interventions for adults with cancer – click here

Power point presentations are available upon request from Suzanne Rappaport – suzanne@circusforsurvivors.com