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.

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)