Dr. Aubrey Fine is a native of Montreal, Canada. He received his graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1982. Dr. Fine has been on the faculty at California State Polytechnic University since 1981, and is presently a Professor Emeritus. In 2001, Dr. Fine was presented the Wang Award given to distinguished professors within the California State University system (23 Universities).
Aubrey has been recognized by numerous organizations for his service and dedication to children, animals, and the community. In July of 2016, he received the William McCulloch Award for Excellence in HAI Education and Practice from the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations in Paris, France. Additionally, he was named Educator of the Year in 1990 by the Learning Disability Association of California, and received the 2006 California Poly Faculty Award for Community Engagement.
Aubrey’s primary research interests relate to the psycho-social impact of human-animal interactions and animal-assisted interventions, social skills training and children with ADHD, and resilience in children. Dr. Fine is the author of several books, including Our Faithful Companions, Parent Child Dance, Therapist’s Guide to Learning and Attention Disorders, Fathers and Sons, The Total Sports Experience for Children, Give a Dog Your Heart, The Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy, and Afternoons with Puppy. He has also had a featured monthly column on the human-animal bond in Dog Fancy Magazine entitled, The Loving Bond. Dr. Fine is the Chair of the Human-Animal Bond Advisory Committee for Pet Partners, as well as the Past Chair of the steering committee on Human-Animal Interactions for the American Veterinary Medical Association.