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Congratulations to the newest ISAZ Fellow!

Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers, Open Universiteit Nederland, has been elected as the 2019 ISAZ Fellow.

To find out more about ISAZ Fellowship, visit http://www.isaz.net/isaz/fellows/

A big congratulations to this year’s ISAZ Award Winners!

ISAZ Distinguished Anthrozoologist Award Winner:
Dr. Erika Friedmann
University of Maryland, School of Nursing
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Anthrozoös 2018: Most Popular Paper Award Winner:
Dr. Christy L. Hoffman
Title: An Examination of Adult Women’s Sleep Quality and Sleep Routines in Relation to Pet Ownership and Bedsharing
Christy L. Hoffman, Kaylee Stutz, and Terrie Vasilopoulos
Published in 31(6) December, 2018

ISAZ Best Student Oral Presentation Award Winner:
Meggie Callahan
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada
Title: Perceptions of Animal Abilities: Smarts, Sensitivity, or Something Else?

ISAZ Best Student Poster Presentation Award Winner:
Molly Sumridge
Canisius College, USA
Title: Owner-Reported Attachment and Behavior Characteristics of New Guinea Singing Dogs Living as Companion Animals

Martha Bryant Student Travel Award Winners:
Danielle M. Brown
Canisius College, USA

Kerri Rodriguez
Purdue University, USA

2020 Nestlé Purina Sponsorships on Human-Animal Bond Studies

This sponsorship program can provide research sponsorships to applicants affiliated with (but not limited to) academic institutions, foundations, charities or NGOs. Applicants may request up to $30,000 USD per proposal. Applicants must be recently qualified researchers with no more than 10 years since award of Ph.D. or start of researcher career.

For more information, visit www.purina.com/HumanAnimalBond

NEW OPPORTUNITY: Institute for Human-Animal Connection Research Post-MSW Fellowship – Graduate School Of Social Work

A two-year position as an Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) Research Fellow is available to a recent graduate or anticipated 2019 graduate of a Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The overall goal of this position is to provide the Research Fellow with robust training in social science research with a focus on the Human-Animal-Environment Interaction field, in preparation for a career in research.

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection is a specialized program within the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver which intentionally elevates the value of the living world and the interrelationship and health of people, other animals, and the environment. This is accomplished through social science-informed education, applied knowledge, research and advocacy, with an ethical regard for all species. Focusing on three core areas of Therapeutic Human-Animal Interventions, Animals in Communities and One Health, IHAC operationalizes its mission through innovation in education, research and advocacy.

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection has received funding for two post-MSW research fellows, two years each, applications are now open. See here: https://du-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=3965

Seeking Participants for Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy Study

University of Nevada researchers are looking for mental health therapists engaging in a variety of counseling approaches. Your help would be greatly appreciated! Please see below for participation information:

They are conducting a research study to learn if counselor burnout varies between counselors that engage in different counseling approaches with clients.

If you volunteer to be in this study, you will be asked to engage in an online survey through SurveyMonkey. Your participation should take about 10-15 minutes.

To be eligible to participate in this study, you must (a) be at a licensed or certified mental health counselor and (b) currently practice mental health counseling at least 15 hours per week.

This study is considered to be minimal risk of harm. This means the risks of your participation in the research are similar in type or intensity to what you encounter during your daily activities. You may experience some minor stress when reflecting on the potential impact of how your counseling work may affect you personally.

Benefits of doing research are not definite; but researchers hope to learn if counselor burnout varies between counseling approaches. In addition, they hope to gain a better understanding of the roles that canines may play in mental health counseling sessions. There are no direct benefits to you in this study activity.

The researchers and the University of Nevada, Reno will treat your identity and the information collected about you with professional standards of confidentiality and protect it to the extent allowed by law. You will not be personally identified in any reports or publications that may result from this study. The US Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Nevada, Reno Research Integrity Office, and the Institutional Review Board may look at your study records.

You may ask questions of the researcher at any time by calling Mona Martinez at (702) 353-6018 or by sending an email to monamartinez@nevada.unr.edu or the Principal Investigator Dr. Kenneth Coll,  kcoll@unr.edu. You can also send any paper inquiries to Dr. Kenneth Coll, College of Education/0278, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV, 89557-0278.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may stop at any time. Declining to participate or stopping your participation will not have any negative effects on your professional reputation.

You may ask about your rights as a research participant. If you have questions, concerns, or complaints about this research, you may report them (anonymously if you so choose) by calling the University of Nevada, Reno Research Integrity Office at 775.327.2368.

Your time is appreciated and thank you for your participation in this study!

(please click here to participate)

3rd International Conference on Humane Dog Population Management

For more information, visit the ICAM website

Human-Animal Interaction Special Interest Group Call for Symposium Talk Abstracts

The Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Interest Group of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is calling for abstracts for talks to be included in a symposium centered on HAI and aging. The symposium will be submitted to GSA’s Scientific Meeting which will take place November 13th to 17th in Austin, TX. All abstracts which fall under the conference theme of “Strength in Age – Harnessing the Power of Social Networks” are welcome. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) older adults and: pets as social capital, pets as social facilitators, AAA/AAT as a facilitator of social support/interaction, intergenerational interaction, pets and hospice/palliative care, etc.

Please send a provisional title and an abstract of up to 250 words to Jessica Bibbo at jbibbo@benrose.org.

The submission deadline is 8 PM (EST) March 8th, 2019.

Decisions will be sent to all applicants by March 11th, 2019. Acceptance in the symposium does not guarantee acceptance for presentation at the GSA Scientific Meeting. Accepted talks will be part of a symposium submission which will undergo the meeting’s peer-review process. For more information email Jessica Bibbo at jbibbo@benrose.org.

Request for Research Proposal

In partnership with the Animal Wellness Foundation, the Animals and Society Institute is seeking proposals for a research study on the topic of animal fighting in a distinct geographic area.

AWF (http://www.animalwellnessfoundation.org/) and ASI (https://www.animalsandsociety.org/) are nonprofit organizations: AWF primarily funds companion-animal-related projects; ASI is a think tank that provides resources and programs for scholars and human service providers interested in animal issues.

Empirical findings on animal fighting are timely as the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill includes a provision applying federal prohibitions against animal fighting to the five US territories. Cockfighting and dogfighting are illegal in all the states, with Louisiana becoming the 50th state to ban cockfighting in 2008.

The purpose of the study is to provide empirical data to inform the implementation of the current legislation and any future related policy. 

The proposed study should be restricted to the practices of animal fighting in Puerto Rico, the most populous US territory and the one with an extensive network of cockfighting pits and arenas. The suggested target subject pool should consist of current or former residents of PR, and, depending on the study design, the possible addition of a relevant comparison group.

The primary research goals are assessing subjects’ attitudes to the practices of animal fighting, including their view of the recently passed prohibition against animal fighting in the territories. The research should also probe the attitudes of cockfighters and their reaction to compliance with the federal law, which is set to take effect in December 2019. Other supporting items could assay lifestyle issues related to animals (e.g., companion animals, diet), beliefs and values regarding animals more generally, and relevant demographic data, including their history of involvement in animal fighting.

As animal fighting involves economics in various forms – betting, equipment, tourism — provision for gathering data on the economics of the practices should be included in the study proposal.  The research should examine, to the extent practicable, the attitudes of tourism leaders on the island – given their economic stake in robust visitation from the U.S. mainland and other nations – toward cockfighting and whether the continuation of it as an illegal enterprise will mar the image of the Commonwealth. Ideally, results would include quantitative data (e.g., average scores on survey items) as well as qualitative data (e.g., narratives). This suggests a mixed method that includes survey, interview, and archival research. 

The product of the study is a manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

In addition to the study proposal, please provide a budget that is in the range of $15-20,000 and a timeline with milestones (suggested completion in one year from the date awarded).

Applicants should cite any of their own research on related topics.

Proposals will be evaluated by Ken Shaprio and two other Human-Animal Studies scholars and will be based on the following factors:

  1. Responsiveness to the requirements set forth in this RFR
  2. Relevant past research
  3. Justification and rationale for budget items.

The deadline for full proposals is March 31, 2019 and should be sent to ken.shapiro@animalsandsociety.org)

NEW BOOK: Clinician’s Guide to Treating Animal Companion Issues: Addressing Human-Animal Interaction

Clinician’s Guide to Treating Animal Companion Issues: Addressing Human-Animal Interaction is the first of its kind—a groundbreaking resource for mental health professionals who want the knowledge, skills and awareness to successfully work with pet-owning clients. The book trains clinicians across multiple disciplines to feel more comfortable and confident addressing companion-related issues—both when those issues are the primary reason for seeking therapy or a critical component in better understanding client needs. The book uses current human-animal interactions theories as a foundation to explore pet-related issues utilizing behavioral, cognitive behavioral, family systems, humanistic and contemporary psychodynamic therapeutic orientations.


Users will find sections on the many issues that arise during the lifespan of pet owners (e.g., children, young adults, elderly), as well as issues pertinent to specific populations (e.g., men, homeless, ethnically diverse). Additional topics include the violence link, pet death and bereavement, and behavioral issues. As the first book to approach human-animal interactions (HAI) from a multi-theoretical perspective, it helps clinicians appropriately acknowledge and incorporate relevant HAI issues within therapy to achieve goals.


  • Provides practical information for immediate use in practice
  • Focuses on common issues relating to companion animals
  • Addresses bereavement, attachment, behavior, and more
  • Includes interactive readings, case studies and therapeutic exercises
  • Contains multiple theoretical orientations (behavioral, cognitive behavioral, family systems, humanistic and psychodynamic approaches)


New MS or PhD in Psychology of Human-Animal Interaction


A competitive position is available for a highly motivated and promising individual seeking a Masters or PhD related to the PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTION with Dr. Maggie O’Haire. The successful applicant will be housed within the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. The research program will focus on the scientific evaluation of human animal interaction in one or more of the following areas: (a) SERVICE DOGS for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and their families, (b) FACILITY DOGS in hospital settings, and/or (c) BEHAVIOR CODING of video-recorded human-animal interaction in various settings. The research will be related to HUMAN OUTCOMES primarily, rather than the animals themselves. Thus an interest in pursuing a human psychology focused research degree is essential. The degree title will be an MS or PhD in Human-Animal Interaction.


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