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ISAZ 2021 Student Award Winners

Long Presentations:

1st Place

Cora Wagner

University of Basel, Switzerland

Title: Towards a Deeper Understanding of the Mechanisms of Animal-Assisted Intervention in Pain Treatment: Is it the Animal or the Context that Matters?

2nd Place

Clare Jensen

Purdue University, USA

Title: Service Dogs’ Trained Tasks for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Military Veterans’ Associated Symptom Severity

Short Presentations:

1st Place

Charlotte Solman

Swansea University, UK

Cortisol Coregulation between Dogs and Owners in One- but Not in Two-Dog Households

2nd Place

Gwen Wirobski

University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

Measuring Human-Animal Relationships: Hand-raised, Pack-living Dogs and Wolves Show Similar Hormonal Responses to Human Contact, But Pet Dogs Stand Out


Oral Presentation:

Carmen Glanville

University of Melbourne, Australia

Animal cruelty and neglect in Victoria, Australia: prevalence, reporting, and community attitudes

Flash Presentation:

Rahel Marti

University of Basel, Switzerland

Effect of the presence and contact of a dog on the neuronal activity of healthy persons

Poster Presentations:

Clare Jensen

Purdue University, USA

Role of the Human-Animal Bond Between Facility Dogs and Pediatric Healthcare Professionals

Jennifer Applebaum

University of Florida, USA

Emotional Reliance on Pets: Effects of Mental Health Stigma, Mental Illness Diagnosis, and Consideration of Relationship Quality Amongst a National Sample of U.S. Pet Owners


Oral Presentation:

Meggie Callahan

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada

Perceptions of Animal Abilities: Smarts, Sensitivity, or Something Else?

Poster Presentation:

Molly Sumridge

Canisius College, USA

Owner-Reported Attachment and Behavior Characteristics of New Guinea Singing Dogs Living as Companion Animals


Oral Presentation:

Megan LaFollette

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

PTSD service dogs: associations between training techniques, service dog behaviours, and human–animal bond.

Poster Presentation:

Rachel Yerbury

Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia

Human-dolphin interactions: Relationships, connections and the reinforcement of an ongoing nature relationship.


Oral Presentation:

Molly Crossman

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The dog person scale: development and validation

Poster Presentation:

Stephanie Roeter

Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States

Evidence to action: integrating empirical evidence into a family-level equine assisted learning program


Oral Presentation:

Lisa Gunter

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States

Purebreds are like Unicorns: Understanding the Breed Ancestry of Shelter Dogs & the Influence of Breed labels on Potential Adopter Perception

Poster Presentation:

Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka

University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Using YouTube to study dog bites. Analysis of context and perception of risk


Oral Presentation:

Paula Calvo

Affinity Foundation Animals and Health Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain

Attitudes towards animals: a population-based study (N=2500)

Poster Presentation:

Béatrice Auger

University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada

Extending the pet as ambassadors hypothesis


Oral Presentation:

Lisa Wallis

Clever Dog Lab, Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

Dogs can follow human gaze despite training to maintain eye contact

Poster Presentation:

Verena Ziemen

Human-Animal Relationships Research Group, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Adopted street dogs:  owner and dog personality and relationship


Oral Presentation:

Zenithson Ng

Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia

The effect of dog-human interaction on cortisol and behavior in registered animal-assisted activity dogs

Poster Presentation:

Heather J. Svoboda

College of Arts & Sciences, Canisius College, USA

A novel, empirical test of black dog syndrome