HABRI Funds New Research Projects
The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has funded five new research projects focused on the positive effects of human-animal interaction (HAI) on human health and wellness. These studies, according to officials, will examine the influence of pet ownership, animal-assisted therapy, service dogs, and dog walking on various aspects of physical and mental health of children, adolescents and their families.
With the funding of these five grants, HABRI’s total research funding has exceeded $3 million, officials said.
“The organizations, companies and individuals that support HABRI deserve recognition for achieving this important milestone,” said Steven Feldman, executive director of HABRI. “Their contributions have allowed HABRI to fund high-quality research projects that build to the body of evidence for pet ownership and HAI as essential to our health.”
The five research projects that were awarded funding in 2019 are:
- Megan Arant (The University of British Columbia): Direct Experimental Assessment of Therapy Dog Handlers on Child and Dog Behavior During AAI [Animal-Assisted Interactions]
- Marguerite E. O’Haire (Purdue University): Evaluating the Effects of Service Dogs on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Their Caregivers
- Megan Kiely Mueller (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University): Human-Animal Interaction and Trajectories of Youth Development in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study
- Kamala London (University of Toledo): Implementation of Canine-Assisted Forensic Interviews with Children
- Eunice Chen (Temple University): Diamond Dogs: A Pilot Dog-Walking Trial with Overweight College Students and Dog Shelters in the Inner-City
The funded projects from The University of British Columbia and University of Toledo are focused on the impact and efficacy of therapy animals, and were made possible by Pet Partners, which committed $100,000 for HABRI research in this area, officials said.
HABRI’s 2020 call for research proposals is now open. For details, visit here.