Human-Animal Interaction Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes: A Decade of Progress
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Marguerite E. O'Haire, Alan M. Beck
The field of human-animal interaction (HAI) represents the interdisciplinary study of the effects and mechanisms of the interrelationships between humans and animals. These relationships date back centuries, yet have only recently been the focus of scholastic study. The academic focus of HAI...
Overview of Centers and Institutes for Human-Animal Interaction in the United States
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Marguerite E. O'Haire, Jessica Bibbo, Christy L. Hoffman, Megan K. Mueller, Zenithson Y. Ng, Virginia A. Buechner-Maxwell
Academic centers and institutes represent critical hubs for the advancement of areas of scholarly and societal interest. We conducted a survey of 16 academic centers and institutes for human-animal interaction (HAI) in the United States to systematically document the current state of academic...
Animal-Assisted Interventions: Taxonomy and Best Practices
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Melissa Y. Winkle, Deborah E. Linder
Animals, particularly dogs, are gaining momentum in specialized Human-Animal Interactions. Dogs' roles range from pets, family members, volunteer visitors, and canine colleagues, to assistance dogs. This has also resulted in a need for uniform terminology to delineate between the different...
Guide to Human-Animal Interaction Education
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Phyllis Erdman, Megan. R. LaFollette, Netzin G. Steklis, H. Dieter Steklis, Monique Germone, Lori R. Kogan
Pursuing a career in human-animal interaction (HAI) may feel daunting, as this field is quickly growing and changing, and offers a wide array of career possibilities with pathways and educational programs. Yet, it is this broad scope of possibilities that can make navigating the field...
The Background to Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck, Sandra Barker, Nancy R. Gee, James A. Griffin, Rebecca Johnson
Human-Animal Interaction (HAI), and specifically what is called the human-animal bond, has a long history. The long-standing social implications of our association with animals continue as well as an ever-increasing utilization of animals to help mitigate the impact of disabilities. In the last...
The State of Assessment in Human-Animal Interaction Research
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Kerri E. Rodriguez, NoÈmie A. GuÈrin, Robin L. Gabriels, James A. Serpell, Pamela J. Schreiner, Marguerite E. O'Haire
There is a growing body of research in human-animal interaction (HAI), but the field is often criticized for its lack of methodological rigor and heterogeneous outcome assessment. In addition, there is a scarcity of valid and reliable assessment tools specific to measuring constructs directly...
Multicultural Considerations in AAI
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Georgitta Valiyamattam, Mariko Yamamoto, Leticia Fanucchi, Feiran Wang
Attitudes towards non-human animals and the conceptualization of the human-animal bond varies across cultures and population groups, thereby making it a crucial consideration in the field of animal-assisted intervention (AAI). The growing expansion of AAI practice to multicultural populations...
Fostering a More Humane University Environment Through Course Work, Service-Learning, and Animal-Assisted Interventions and Activities
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Aubrey H. Fine, Philip Tedeschi, Teal Mackintosh, Jane Boone
Incorporating coursework on animal-assisted interventions and human animal interactions has become a viable option for students in higher education. These educational opportunities appear to enhance the quality of education the students receive as well as improve the experience of students...
Prevalence of Coursework in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies at Universities and Colleges in the United States: A Scoping Review
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Nina Ekholm Fry, Emily Meszaros & Katie O'Neill
An increasing number of universities and colleges in the United States are offering coursework related to equine-assisted activities or therapies. We conducted a scoping review to determine the prevalence of such coursework at higher education institutions with information on geographic location,...