A student competition for best poster and best oral presentation will be held at the 2019 ISAZ Conference in Orlando, Florida. Only ISAZ student members are eligible to compete. To learn more about student membership, click here.

These awards were sponsored by:


Oral Presentation:

Megan LaFollette

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

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

Poster Presentation:

Rachel Yerbury

Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia

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


Oral Presentation:

Molly Crossman

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Title: The dog person scale: development and validation

Poster Presentation:

Stephanie Roeter

Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States

Title: 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

Title: 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

Title: 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

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

Poster Presentation:

Béatrice Auger

University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada

Title: Extending the pet as ambassadors hypothesis


Oral Presentation:

Lisa Wallis

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

Title: 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

Title: 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

Title: 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

Title: A novel, empirical test of black dog syndrome