Melissa Trevathan, Ph.D.

Melissa Trevathan, Ph.D., is a Psychologist and writer in Austin, TX. She also serves as faculty for Goddard College in Vermont, and recently created a Human-Animal Interactions Studies concentration within the Psychology and Counseling Master’s program at Goddard College. Melissa’s research interests and projects relate to human-animal interactions, increasing quality of life and adoption rates for shelter and homeless animals, increasing empathy and humane education for animals, animal-assisted therapy interventions, cancer survivorship, trauma, gender and sexual identity, and emerging adulthood.

In her free time, Melissa volunteers with The Dog Alliance and Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas. She and her family love to travel, play board games and read, and share their home with three rescue dogs and one ever-growing rescue tortoise. Melissa and her family also recently opened Arbor House of Dripping Springs, a boutique hotel with tree house accommodations tucked quietly in a Texas Hill Country valley.

Melissa has been with the HAI Section for many years; she was even a member of the committee that collected signatures needed to create the section! After the section was approved, Melissa served as the Membership Chair, organizing new membership applications. She took a long hiatus after the birth of her first son, and has recently rejoined the board as a Member-at-Large working on social media to promote the section.