Allen McConnell co-I on newly awarded NICHD grant

Congratulations goes to Allen McConnell and his colleagues at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center who received word that their NICHD R01 grant ($1.68M) was funded. The five-year project, entitled “Using dogs to promote therapeutic engagement during inpatient rehabilitation following pediatric acquired brain injury: Understanding mechanisms and moderators of treatment response,” will assess the value of therapy dogs used with children recovering from traumatic brain injuries. The team recently wrapped up work on their R21 project, which provided initial feasibility evidence for the approach. The new project will run through June 2026. Congrats to Allen and the entire team!