The RPG Research Project is currently a self-funded, non-commercial brainchild of project founder Hawke Robinson. Though Hawke is currently the only full time researcher engaged in the project, he is networking, interacting, and acquiring information and resources from various psychologists, university professors, and other professionals in the development of this research project.
The overall project is dedicated to ascertaining by means of the use of various scientific methods the therapeutic and educational aspects of role playing gaming. Approaches include cognitive, behavioral, biological, neurological, humanistic, sociological, and other relevant perspectives. Based on the analysis of the data gathered, potential therapeutic and educational modalities may become apparent. Therapeutic recreation techniques in conjunction with role playing gaming activities may be applicable in meeting client needs either as a standalone tool or to work in conjunction with other treatment modalities for various population groups.
The project is currently self-funded by the project founder. As the research progresses it is hoped that other private, but non-conflicting, funding will become available to continue increasing the personnel, facilities, and other resources necessary to improve the breadth and depth of the research.