Division 17, Section 13 of the American Psychological Association

The Section on Human Animal Interaction: Research & Practice, of Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association is dedicated to professional and scholarly activities that advance the understanding of human-animal interactions as they relate to psychology.

Call for Proposals – Roundtables on Human-Animal Interaction Topics at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association

HAI at 2013 APA Convention


Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin (HAIB)

Announcing the new open access, online, peer-reviewed Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin  (HAIB), devoted to the dissemination of research in the field of the interaction between non-human animals and their human counterparts.

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HAI addresses:

  • The role of the human-animal bond in empathy development, the ability to form and express attachments, reaction to grief and loss, the challenges of aging, and other developmental passages throughout the lifespan
  • The ways in which human interaction with animals promotes health
  • The role of animal-assisted therapies in prevention and intervention programs in a variety of settings
  • Violence prevention as it relates to the link between animal abuse and family, juvenile, and community violence
  • Training programs on topics such as pet grief counseling, assessment and treatment of animal abuse, as well as counseling programs to address the needs of veterinary students, animal shelter volunteers, and animal rescue workers.