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The Center for Human-Animal Interaction

Published Center Research

Center affiliated faculty have published a number of studies related to the human-animal interaction, including those listed below. Click the reference to view the abstract.

  • Friedmann, E., Krause-Parello, C. A., Payton, M., Blanchard, K., Storm, A., Barr, E., & Gee, N. R. (2021). A Leash on Life: An Exploratory Study on the Effects of a Shelter-Dog Walking Program for Veterans on Dogs’ Stress. Anthrozoös, 1-14. 

  • Barker, S. B., & Gee, N. R. (2021). Canine-Assisted Interventions in Hospitals: Best Practices for Maximizing Human and Canine Safety. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 

  • Gee, N. R., Rodriguez, K. E., Fine, A. H., & Trammell, J. P. (2021). Dogs Supporting Human Health and Wellbeing: A Biopsychosocial Approach. Frontiers in Veterinary Sciences.

  • Rodriguez, K. E., Herzog, H., & Gee, N. R. (2021). Variability in Human-Animal Interaction Research. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 7, 619600.

  • Tomlinson, C. A., Matijczak, A., McDonald, S. E., & Gee, N. R. (2021). The Role of Human-Animal Interaction in Child and Adolescent Health and Development. In Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences. Elsevier.

  • Brelsford, V. L., Dimolareva, M., Gee, N. R., & Meints, K. (2020). Best practice standards in animal-assisted interventions: How the LEAD risk assessment tool can help. Animals, 10(6), 1–11.

  • Friedmann, E., Gee, N. R., Simonsick, E. M., Studenski, S., Resnick, B., Barr, E., Kitner-Triolo, M., & Hackney, A. (2020). Pet Ownership Patterns and Successful Aging Outcomes in Community Dwelling Older Adults. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 7, 293.

  • Krause-Parello, C. A., Friedmann, E., Blanchard, K., Payton, M., & Gee, N. R. (2020). Veterans and Shelter Dogs: Examining the Impact of a Dog-Walking Intervention on Physiological and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms. Anthrozoos, 33(2), 225–241.

  • Pendry, P., Carr, A. M., Gee, N. R., & Vandagriff, J. L. (2020). Randomized Trial Examining Effects of Animal Assisted Intervention and Stress Related Symptoms on College Students’ Learning and Study Skills. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(6), 1909.

  • Pendry, P., Kuzara, S., & Gee, N. R. (2020). Characteristics of Student– Dog Interaction during a Meet-and-Greet Activity in a University-Based Animal Visitation Program. Anthrozoos, 33(1), 53–69.

  • Pendy, Patricia, Kuzara, Stephanie, Gee, Nancy (2019). Characteristics of Student-Dog Interaction during a Meet-and-Greet Activity in a University-Based Animal Visitation Program. Anthrozoös, 33(1), 53-69.

  • Pendy, Patricia, Kuzara, Stephanie, Gee, Nancy (2019). Evaluation of Undergraduate Students’ Responsiveness to a 4-Week University-Based Animal-Assisted Stress Prevention Program. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, (16), 3331.

  •  Barker, Sandra, Krzastek, Sarah, Vokes, Rebecca, Schubert, Christine, Folgosa Cooley, Lauren, Hampton, Lance (2020). Examining the Effect of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Patient Distress in Outpatient Cystoscopy. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 8(1), 23-27.

  • Green, J. D., Coy, A. E., Mathews, M. A. (2018). Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance Influence Pet Choice and Pet-directed Behaviors. Anthrozoös, 31(4), 475-494.

  • Sandra B. Barker, Christine M. Schubert, Randolph T. Barker, Sally I-Chun Kuo, Kenneth S. Kendler & Danielle M. Dick (2018). The relationship between pet ownership, social support, and internalizing symptoms in students from the first to fourth year of college, Applied Developmental Science, DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2018.1476148

  • Beck, A,M., Barker, S.B., Gee, N.R., Griffin, J.A., Johnson, R (2018). The Background to Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6 (Special Edition), 47-62.

  •  Collins, E., Cody, A., McDonald, S. E., Nicotera, N., Ascione, F. R., & Williams, J. H. (2018). A template analysis of intimate partner violence survivors’ experiences of animal maltreatment: Implications for safety planning and intervention. Violence Against Women, 24(4) 452-476.

  • Haden, S. C., McDonald, S. E., Booth, L.J., Blakelock, H., & Ascione, F.R. (2018). An exploratory study of incarcerated domestic violence perpetrators’ reports of violence against animals. Anthrozoös, 31(3), 337-352

  • Barker, S. B., Best, A. M., Fredrickson, M., & Hunter, G. (2000). Constraints in assessing the impact of animals in education. Anthrozoos, 13(2), 74-79

  • McDonald, S. E., Cody, A. M., Booth, L. J., Peers, J.R., Luce, C. O., Ascione, F.R., & Williams, J. H. (2018). Animal cruelty among children in violent households: Children's explanations of their behavior. Journal of Family Violence. Advance Online Publication.

  • Cooley LF, Barker, S.B. (2018). Canine-Assisted Therapy As An Adjunct Tool In The Care Of The Surgical Patient: A Literature Review and Opportunity For Research. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

  • Hageman, T., Langenderfer-Magruder, L., Greene, T., Williams, J. H., St. Mary, J., McDonald, S. E., & Ascione, F. R. (2018). Intimate partner violence survivors and pets: Exploring service providers’ experiences in addressing client needs. Families in Society, 99(2), 134-145.

  • Coy, A.E., Green, J.D. (2018). Treating Pets Well: The Role of Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6 (1), 14-31.

  • McDonald, S. E.,Vidacovich, C., Williams, J.H., Ascione, F.R., & Green, K.E. (2015). Validity of the Children’s Treatment of Animals Questionnaire: A Rasch analysis. Anthrozoös, 28(1), 131-144.

  • McDonald, S. E. (2017). Animal maltreatment in households experiencing family violence. In J. L. Ireland, C. A. Ireland & P. Birch (Eds.), International handbook on aggression (pp. 183-193)London, UK: Routledge.

  • McDonald, S. E., Collins, E., Nicotera, N., Hageman, T., Ascione, F., Williams, J. H., & Graham-Bermann, S. (2015). Children’s experiences of companion animal maltreatment in households characterized by intimate partner violence. Child Abuse & Neglect, 50, 116-127.

  • McDonald, S. E., Cody, A., Collins, E., Stim, H., Nicotera, N., Ascione, F. R., & Williams, J.H. (2017). Concomitant exposure to animal abuse and socioemotional adjustment among children exposed to intimate partner violence: A mixed methods study. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. Advance online publication.

  •  Ladd, D., & Barker S. (2017). Dogs on Call in a Patient Library. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 17(1), 22-29.

  • McDonald, S. E., Collins, E., Maternick, A., Nicotera, N., Graham-Bermann, S., Ascione, F. R., & Williams, J. H. (2017). Intimate partner violence survivors’ reports of their children’s exposure to companion animal maltreatment: A qualitative study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication.

  • Barker, S.B., Barker, R.T., McCain, N.L., & Schubert, C.M. (2017). The effect of a canine-assisted activity on college student perceptions of family supports and current stressors. Anthrozoos30(4), 595-606.

  • McDonald, S. E., Dmitrieva, J., Shin, S., Hittia, S. A., Graham-Bermann, S., Ascione, F.R., & Williams, J.H. (2017). The role of callous/unemotional traits in mediating the association between animal abuse exposure and behavior problems among children exposed to intimate partner violence. Child Abuse & Neglect, 72, 421-432

  • Barker, S. B., Barker, R. T., Schubert, C. M. (2017). Therapy dogs on campus: A counseling outreach activity for students preparing for final exams. Journal of College Counseling, 20, 278-288.

  • Barker, S.B., Barker, R.T., McCain, N.L, and Schubert, C.M. (2016). A randomized crossover exploratory study of the effect of visiting therapy dogs on college student stress before final exams. Anthrozoos, 29 (1), 35-46.

  • McDonald, S. E., Graham-Bermann, S., Maternick, A., Ascione, F., & Williams, J. H. (2016). Patterns of adjustment among children exposed to intimate partner violence: A person-centered approach. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 9(2), 137-152.

  • Coleman, J.A., Green, B., Garthe, R.C., Worthington, E.L., Barker, S.B., Ingram, K.M. (2016).  The Coleman Dog Attitude Scale (C-DAS): Development, refinement, validation, and reliability. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 176, 77-86. 

  •  Barker, S.B., Knisely, J.S.,Schubert, C.M, Green, J.D, & Ameringer, S. (2015).The Effect of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Anxiety and Pain in Hospitalized Children. Anthrozoos, 28 (1), 101-112.

  • Barker, R.T., Knisely, J.S, Barker, S.B., Cobb, R.K., & Schubert, C.M. (2012). Preliminary Investigation of Employee’s Dog Presence on Stress and Organizational Perceptions. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 5(1), 15-30.
  • Knisely, J.K., Barker, S.B, & Barker, R.T. (2012). Research on Benefits of Canine-Assisted Therapy for Adults in Non-Military Settings. AMEDD Journal, April-June.
  • Barker, S. B., Knisely, J.S., McCain, N.L., Schubert, C.M, & Pandurangi, A.K.(2010). Exploratory Study of Stress-Buffering Response Patterns from Interaction with a Therapy Dog. Anthrozoos, 23 (1), 79-91.
  • Green, J. D., Mathews, M., & Foster, C. A. (2009). Another kind of “interpersonal” relationship: Humans, animal companions, and attachment theory. In E. Cuyler & M. Ackhart (Eds.), Psychology of Relationships (pp. 87-109)New York, NY: Nova Science Press.

  • Barker, S. B., Wolen, A.R. The Benefits of Human–Companion Animal Interaction: A Review (2008). Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 35 (4), 487-495.

  • Barker, S. B., Rogers, C. S., Turner, J. W., Karpf, A. S., & Suthers-McCabe, H. M. (2003). Benefits of interacting with companion animals: A bibliography of articles published in refereed journals during the past 5 years. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 94-99.
  • Barker, S. B., Knisely, J.S., McCain N.L., & Best A.M. (2005). Measuring stress and immune response in healthcare professionals following interaction with a therapy dog: pilot study. Psychological Reports, 96, 713-729.

  • Barker, R.T. (2005). On the edge or not: opportunities for interdisciplinary scholars in business communication to focus on the individual and organizational benefits of companion animals in the workplace. Journal of Business Communication, 42(3), 299-315.

  • Wilson, C. C., & Barker, S. B. (2003). Challenges in designing human-animal interaction research. American Behavioral Scientist, 47(1), 16-28.
  • Barker, S.B., Pandurangi, A.K., & Best, A.M. (2003) Effects of animal-assisted therapy on patients’ anxiety, fear, and depression before ECT. Journal of ECT 19(1), 38-44.

  •  Barker, S. B., Rasmussen, K., & Best, A. M. (2003). Effect of Aquariums on Electroconvulsive Therapy Patients. Anthrozoos, 16(3), 229-240.

  •  Barker, S. B., & Dawson, K. S. (1998). The effects of animal-assisted therapy on anxiety ratings of hospitalized psychiatric patients. Psychiatric Services, 49(6), 797-801

  • Barker, S. B., Barker, R. T., Dawson, K. S., & Knisely, J. S. (1997). The use of the family life space diagram in establishing interconnectedness: A preliminary study of sexual abuse survivors, their significant others, and pets. Individual Psychology, 53(4), 435-450.
  • Barker, S. B., & Barker, R. T. (1990). Investigation of the construct validity of the Family Life Space Diagram. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 12, 506-514
  • Barker, S. B., & Barker, R. T. (1988). The human-canine bond: Closer than family ties. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 10, 46-56.


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