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.

Learn more about the many ways roles in which animals help people.


HAI at 2014 APA Convention

2014 APA symposium: The effects of Human-Animal Interaction on protective factors for at-risk children

Chairperson: Sandra McCune, PhD
WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition

Marguerite E. O’Haire, BA
The University of Queensland
HAI and School Classrooms

Patricia Pendry, PhD
Washington State University
HAI and Homes with Marital Discord

Shelby E. McDonald, MSW
University of Denver
HAI and Intimate Partner Violence

Robin Gabriels, PsyD
University of Colorado, Denver
HAI and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Sabrina E. B. Schuck, PhD
University of California, Irvine
HAI and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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.