Research Initiaves

Explore the Human-Animal Relationship

Discover how the human-animal relationship affects the health of animals, humans, and our communities at large.

Our Mission

The Research Series on Human-Animal Relationships was founded in 2021 as an interdisciplinary research group and seminar series. The series features regular scholarly talks and discussions on various topics surrounding human-animal relationships. Our affiliates investigate different facets of human-animal relationships, broadly construed. Collectively, we have expertise in veterinary medicine, animal cognition, anthropology, interpersonal psychology, and human decision-making, among other disciplines. In addition, our affiliates have joint appointments in other academic areas of the University of Arizona.

Affiliated Faculty

evan maclean

Evan MacLean

Evan MacLean is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona where he holds appointments in Anthropology, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, and Cognitive Science. He is the founder and Director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center. Dr. MacLean received his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University.

Martin Reimann

Martin Reimann

Martin Reimann is an associate professor of marketing at the Eller College of Management, with appointments as associate professor in the Department of Psychology, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Cognitive Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. He currently serves as Eller Faculty Senator.

Jennifer Wishnie

Jennifer Wishnie

Jennifer Wishnie is a public health professional with more than twelve years of global experience in food production, food safety and public health. Her areas of expertise include One Health medicine, cross-sector relationship building and collaboration, strategic programming, policy development and educational outreach and teaching.

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Research Series Nancy Gee Event

Upcoming Lecture Overview

Friday, November 4

11:00-12:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Nancy R. Gee, PhD

Dr. Gee is a Professor of Psychiatry, Bill Balaban Chair in Human-Animal Interaction, and the Director of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. The Center is the only one of its kind to be housed in a School of Medicine, and in addition to research and educational activities, it also houses the “Dogs On Call” therapy dog program. 

Dr. Gee has extensive teaching and research experience and has specialized in Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) for the past 15 years. She served as the HAI Research Manager for the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, located in Leicestershire, UK. In this role, she was responsible for guiding the selection, funding, and conduct of HAI research projects carried out around the globe, with a particular focus on companion animals as they figure in the lives of children and older adults.

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Engage in CVM Research

We are looking for DVM students interested in hands-on engagement in a specific research project. The project will provide on-the-job training to acquire critical research skills, including the acquisition and evaluation of scientific literature, experimental and non-experimental research design, analysis of data, scientific writing, and the submission of manuscripts for publication in a scholarly journal. In addition, students who invest substantial effort into the project will be offered the opportunity to become a co-author on the project.

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Watch Previous Lectures

March 2022
PTSD service dogs for military veterans: What are they, what do they do, and are they effective?

PTSD service dogs are becoming increasingly popular for military veterans with PTSD. But what exactly do they do, and are they effective at treating PTSD? Dr. Rodriguez will discuss her research in this field, discussing current findings on how PTSD service dogs benefit military veterans and their families.

February 2022
Assisting the Animal in Animal-Assisted Interventions

When animal-assisted intervention (AAI) aims to achieve positive effects for the human participant, it is easy to overlook the impact on the animal itself. Animal welfare research in AAI explores the benefits and consequences of these human-animal interactions.

Prospective Students

Our admissions process focuses on assessing candidates as unique, multidimensional individuals. We consider the academic and personal history and an applicant’s overall fit with our mission and values.  

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