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.

Special edition of the HAIB is here!
The Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin (HAIB) is excited to announce a special edition focusing on issues derived from the HABRI sponsored 2016 Center for Human-Animal Bond Conference. This special edition is an update to the original set of articles written by HAI leaders present at the 2006 Center for Human-Animal Bond Conference and published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

A decade later, the 2016 HAI conference brought together numerous HAI leaders to discuss the current state and future trajectory of the HAI field. These discussions fostered a set of articles covering such topics as: the background and state of HAI assessment and research; current and best practices for animal-assisted interventions (including multicultural considerations); humane and equine-assisted education; and a practical guide for students interested in HAI careers. The guide to HAI careers is included the infographic pictured below.

HAIB Human-Animal Interaction Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes special edition

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Members’ “family” pictures





HAIB Call for Papers
Basic Social and Personality Psychology Research on Human-Animal Interactions

The field of human-animal interactions and the exploration of new ways in which animals can facilitate physical, social, and psychological well-being are growing rapidly. Much of the research, however, has been applied in nature – focusing on assessing a specific issue or testing the effectiveness of interventions. In contrast, far less research has evaluated the basic psychological processes that underlie human-animal interactions. This work is critical in helping inform existing interventions and creating the foundation for the development of novel treatments. Thus, the aim of this special issue is to promote and advance research regarding the psychological roots of human-animal interactions from social and personality perspectives.

Papers for this special issue may include (but are not limited to) one or more of the following topics: fundamental relationship processes underlying the human-animal relationship; social cognition and perception related to animals; animal stereotyping and discrimination; understanding the role animals play within the self-concept; attitude formation and attitude change in animal preferences; and contagion of emotions between humans and animals.

Papers must be submitted by 11/30/2018. Please direct any inquiries (e.g., suitability, format, scope, etc.) to the guest editor: Anthony Coy (coya@usf.edu).