Since 2010, HABRI has awarded more than $2 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 “in progress.” They will be published once results are final.
Child Health and Development
Zenithson Y. Ng, DVM, MS (University of Tennessee)
Impact of Animal Assisted Therapy on Quality, Completeness, and Patient and Parental Satisfaction in Children Undergoing Clinical Echocardiography
Piers Barker, MD (Duke University)
Pets In The Classroom: What are the Social, Behavioral, and Academic Effects of Classroom Pets for Children, 8-10 Years?
Amy McCullough, PhD (American Humane Association)
Alan E. Kazdin, PhD (Yale University)
Physiological wellness effects of animal-assisted activities in children with autism spectrum disorder in a specialized psychiatric hospital program
Robin L. Gabriels, PsyD (University of Colorado, Denver)
Shelter Cat Adoption in Families of Children with Autism: Impact on Children’s Social Skills and Anxiety as well as Cat Stress
Gretchen Carlisle, PhD, MEd, RN (University of Missouri)
The Health and Developmental Benefits of Companion Animals for Young Children: Advancing the Evidence Base
Hayley Christian, PhD (University of Western Australia)
Integration of AAI and Applied Behavior Analysis to Improve Academic Performance in Children with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability
Alexandra Protopopova, PhD & Breanna Harris, PhD (Texas Tech University)
Biobehavioral Effects of Therapy Dog Visitation in Elderly Intensive Care Unit Patients: a Pilot and Feasibility Study
Sandy Branson, PhD, MSN, RN (University of Texas)
Rebecca A Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP (University of Missouri)
Heidi Ewen, PhD (University of Georgia)
Pilot Study of the Effects of Service Dogs on Mental Health and Wellness in War Veterans with PTSD and/or TBI
Marguerite E. O'Haire, PhD (Purdue University)
Charles Faulkner, PhD (Lincoln Memorial University)