Current Projects

Since 2010, HABRI has awarded more than $500,000 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

The Effect of Animal-assisted Intervention on Preoperative Anxiety and Dose of Sedation in Children

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)

The Canines and Childhood Cancer Study: Examining Behaviors and Stress in Therapy Dogs

Dr. Kevin Morris, PhD (American Humane Association)

Interactions with Animals to Reduce Children’s Stress

Alan E. Kazdin, PhD (Yale University)

Listening EARS: How does reading to rabbits affect the reading skills of third grade students?

Annie Petersen, EdD (Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies)

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)

Healthy Aging

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)

Companion Animals, Social Engagement, and Psychological Well-being in Mid and Later Adulthood

Rebecca A Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP (University of Missouri)

Mental Health

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)

Researching Equine-Facilitated Group Psychotherapy (EFGP) for Trauma Survivors: Horses and Humans in Therapeutic Relationships

Daniel L. Stroud, PhD (Oregon State University)


Measuring the Impact of a Mutually Reinforcing Relationship Between Pet Owners and Their Pets

Charles Faulkner, PhD (Lincoln Memorial University)

Using the Pet Query to Assess Patients’ Environmental History and Social Context

Alan Monavvari, MD, MHSc, CCFP, CHE, CPHQ (University of Toronto)