My name is Mackenzie Muersch and I am an Occupational Therapy student at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL.  A couple of classmates and I are doing a research study to explore the experiences of service dog users in order to ultimately better understand how an occupational therapist may assist in the process of acquiring a service dog. Our study is open to all types of disabilities and individuals 18 years or older. We are currently trying to recruit participants to complete an online survey and/or participate in a phone interview. If you have any connections to service dog users who would be interested, please share this information about the research opportunity. Our research adviser and principle investigator, Dr. Anne Kiraly-Alvarez, can be contacted with any questions:

Phone: 630-515-7340 Email:

 I have included the recruitment flyer information below with more details of the study and survey link. 

Thank you for your time and consideration in advance! 


*For the purposes of this study, a trained service dog assists any individual with a disability (examples include, but are not limited to: guide, hearing, medical alert, mobility, and mental health).


Occupational therapy students and faculty from Midwestern University in Illinois are seeking participants for a research study, “An Exploration of How Service Dogs Impact Occupational Participation”.


Who: Adults 18 years and over with a disability who utilize a trained service dog to assist in everyday activities

What: Participate by completing an online survey and/or participating in an interview (alternative formats available)

When: As soon as possible

Why: To share your experiences of how a service dog helps you in your daily activities.  This will help researchers better understand the benefits and challenges of service dog ownership that could be useful for future clients.


If interested in participating in the survey, go to:  If interested in participating in an interview, go to: or contact Assistant Professor                            Anne Kiraly-Alvarez, OTD, OTR/L at                                                                   (630) 515-7340 or

(Both this flyer and the study have been approved by Midwestern’s Institutional Review Board #3001)