Research Series

Explore the Human-Animal Relationship

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

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. We collectively 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

dr 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.

Maggie OHaire

Maggie O'Haire

Dr. Marguerite (Maggie) O’Haire is an internationally recognized Fulbright Scholar and the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her BA in Psychology from Vassar College in New York and her PhD in Psychology from The University of Queensland in Australia. Her research program focuses on the unique and pervasive ways humans interact with animals.

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.

Nancy Lecture HAI

Upcoming Lecture

The State of the Science in Human-Animal Interaction Research – Where we are now and a vision for the future

Friday, February 17

11:00-12:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Nancy R. Gee, PhD

This presentation will provide a top line overview of the existing evidence in the field of Human-Animal Interaction, providing a developmental perspective, along with some indication of the strength and quality of the evidence. It will further explore the gaps in our knowledge and highlight important directions for future research, including quality science of all varieties, innovative approaches, next generation ideas, and suggestions for interdisciplinary and international collaborations. It will envision the future in terms of proposals for translating the growing evidence-base into the most effective and efficient practices, focusing on animals as partners in the process deserving of a good life, while consistently adhering to overarching and well-established standards of best practice.

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Learn More About our Research Initiatives

We are a community built on a shared commitment to exploration and innovation. Our research efforts focus on advancing human and animal health globally through interdisciplinary research.

Learn more about our research areas focused on expanding the future of veterinary medicine and One Health. 

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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.

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