Active Projects | HABRI

Projects In-Progress

HABRI-Funded Research

Since 2010, HABRI has awarded more than $3 million to worthy proposals on the cutting edge of addressing evidence based health benefits of human-animal interaction.

Each of the projects below have been funded and are currently in progress. Results will be published once the projects have been completed.

Allostatic Load Scoring for Understanding Stressors and Predicting Success in Guide Dogs: A Pilot Study

Principal Investigator

Barbara A. Wolfe, DVM, PhD, DACZM (Colorado State University)

Wellbeing at the Nexus of Animal Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence: A Study of Canadian Adults

Principal Investigator

Rochelle Stevenson ( Thompson Rivers University)

Impact of Service Dogs on the Psychosocial Well-beingof Children with ASD, their Parents and their Families

Principal Investigator

Gretchen K. Carlisle, PhD, MEd, RN (University of Missouri)

Sharing is caring: can pets protect their owners against antibiotic-associated disruption of the gut microbiome?

Principal Investigator

Laurel Redding, VMD, PhD, DACVPM (University of Pennsylvania)

The Impact of Animals in Relationships with Intimate Partner Violence: Measuring Cruelty and Coercion

Principal Investigators

Katelyn Jetelina, PHD (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) & Alaina Beauchamp, MPH (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)

The role of human-animal interaction in coping with minority stress: A longitudinal study of sexual and gender minority emerging adults

Principal Investigators

Rosalie Corona, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University) & Shelby McDonald, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Do Animals Modulate Social Attention and Functioning in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Principal Investigator

Georgitta J. Valiyamattam, PhD (GITAM (Deemed ) University)

How does 8 weeks of equine-assisted therapy affect older adults diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease?

Principal Investigator

B. Rhett Rigby, PhD (Texas Woman’s University)

Canine-assisted anxiety reduction in pediatric emergency care (CANINE III)

Principal Investigator

Jeffrey Kline, MD (Wayne State University)

Implementation of Canine-Assisted Forensic Interviews with Children

Principal Investigators

Kamala London (University of Toledo) & Janet Hoy-Gerlach (University of Toledo)

Direct Experimental Assessment of Therapy Dog Handlers on Child and Dog Behavior During AAI

Principal Investigator

Alexandra Protopopova (The University of British Columbia)

Evaluating the Effects of Service Dogs on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Their Caregivers

Principal Investigators

Marguerite E. O’Haire (Purdue University), Evan L. MacLean (University of Arizona), Mandy Rispoli (Purdue University) & Bridgette Tonnsen (Purdue University)

Human-Animal Interaction and Trajectories of Youth Development in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Principal Investigator

Megan Kiely Mueller, Ph.D (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University)

Pilot Study of the Effects of Animal-Assisted Interactions (AAI) on Quality of Life in Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Parents

Principal Investigator

Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN (Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University)

Joint Physical and Social Well-being for Adolescents and their Family Dog

Principal Investigators

Megan MacDonald, PhD (Oregon State University) & Monique Udell, PhD (Oregon State University)