Kemeny receives $88,000 grant for autism research

Betsy Kemeny, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of recreational therapy, has received a $88,000 grant from the Horses and Humans Research Foundation to research the effects of therapeutic riding on stress levels in young adults with autism.

The 20-month project, to be conducted at SRU's Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, will compare equine-assisted therapy to the HeartMat stress management program which teaches people to "reset" physical reaction to stress as the stressor occurs.

Steffanie Burk, an equine scientist at Otterbein University, will partner with Kemeny on the project.