Blue Plate Research

Rethinking Therapy

More interventions for emotional, mental, and physical health.

September 29, 2020 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

How do you provide general mental health and well-being treatment for individuals when people need different things?

Researchers from multiple colleges at Utah State University are seeking to answer this question with evidence-based research and successful clinical programs.

At the upcoming Blue Plate Research presentation, we'll highlight three of these fields of research:

  • Equine-assisted therapy for both physical and psychological treatments
  • Music therapy interventions for exceptional individuals, older adults, and psychiatric populations
  • Online and self-guided therapy that's as effective as in-person sessions

Join us for Blue Plate Research, where we'll share actionable and easy-to-understand well-being research.

Michael Levin
Michael Levin

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Levin is a professor in the Clinical/Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program.

Judy Smith
Judy Smith

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Dr. Smith is a professor in the Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences department, with a focus on equine studies.

Maureen Hearns
Maureen Hearns

Caine College of the Arts

Dr. Hearns is a professor and director of the Music Therapy Program.


 About Blue Plate Research

Blue Plate Research is a new event series from Utah State University that highlights the discoveries and research efforts at USU in the areas of health and well-being, with a focus on sharing easy-to-understand research with Utah health advocates, statewide stakeholders, and the public.

The events will be hosted virtually, with a presentation on YouTube that features our presenters sharing their research and how it's applicable to the everyday lives of people in Utah, followed by a live question and answer session with those presenters hosted on Zoom. The presentation portion will be between 20-30 minutes, while the panel will run anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

While this event series is new, it grew out of a previous collaboration between Utah State University and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah known as Sunrise Session, which featured quarterly research presentations in Salt Lake City. That series had thousands of attendees across more than 50 live events and was highly successful. Blue Plate Research will allow Utah State and Regence to continue their successful partnership with a more focused content direction, while building on the many successes of Sunrise Session.

Leading up to each event, this website will be updated with highlights of researchers at USU whose work is related to the presentation topic. Additional researchers are also highlighted on the Instead podcast, which is produced by the USU Office of Research.
To learn about upcoming events and receive first notice when the RSVP form opens, sign up for the Blue Plate Research email list. Only information about the event series will be shared to those emails.

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