1st Edition

Career Paths in Human-Animal Interaction for Social and Behavioral Scientists

Edited By Lori Kogan, Phyllis Erdman Copyright 2021
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    Career Paths in Human-Animal Interaction for Social and Behavioral Scientists is an essential text for students and professionals wanting to pursue a career in human-animal interaction (HAI). It is exclusively designed to navigate this field and provide information on the best education, training, and background one might need to incorporate HAI into a successful career.

    Kogan and Erdman bring together a diverse range of insights from HAI social scientists who have secured or created their HAI job. The book highlights six categories of work settings: academia, private practice, corporations/for profit companies, non-profit organizations, government, and other positions, to show the growing number of opportunities to blend social science interests with the desire to incorporate HAI into their careers.

    The book clearly outlines the career paths available to social science students and professionals, from careers connected to human services of psychology, therapy, social work, and journalism, to research or other scholarship.


              Part 1: Academic – Traditional

    1. From Biopsychology to Human Behavioural Work to HAI Research: One Academician’s Path
    2. Anne Barnfield

    3. A Twist in the Tale (or is that Tail?): How I Apply Health Psychology to the Human-Animal Bond
    4. Anna Chur-Hansen

    5. Scientist-Practitioner Psychologist: Integrating the Human-Animal Interaction into Practice
    6. Jennifer Coleman

    7. Dogs as Co-researchers
    8. Colleen Dell

    9. From an Animal Shelter Towards a Professorship in Anthrozoology: An Unusual Career Path
    10. Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers

    11. There is a Shelter Dog in My College Classroom
    12. Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg

    13. Human-Animal Interaction in Clinical Psychology: Teaching, Research, and Practice
    14. Angela K. Fournier

    15. The Entangled Path: Human Animal Interaction and Social Work
    16. Cassandra Hanrahan

    17. Solidarity and Scholarship: Thriving as a HAI Academic
    18. Rachel Caroline Hogg

    19. From Psychometrics to Animal Metrics
    20. Jean Kirnan

    21. Rescuing Street Dogs as a Passion and a Way of Being
    22. Úrsula Aragunde Kohl

    23. Working in the World of Human-Animal Interaction Research
    24. Beth Lanning

    25. Lessons from a Pioneer in Equine Assisted Therapies
    26. Arieahn Matamonasa Bennett

    27. Studying Dolphins in the Bahamas: Who Says Academic Careers are Dry?
    28. Maria Maust-Mohl

    29. Academic Pathways Towards HAI
    30. Patricia Pendry

    31. Civic Engagement of Students through Human-Animal Interactions
    32. Alina Simona Rusu

    33. An HAI Love Story: A Couple Collaborates as Teachers and Researchers Exploring Our Connection to Animals
    34. Dieter and Netzin Steklis

    35. An Academic Career Based on What I love: People, Animals, and Health
    36. Cindy C. Wilson

      Part 2: Academic – With Clinical Work

    37. Insights from a Late Bloomer in the field of Human-Animal Interactions
    38. John-Tyler Binfet

    39. Labracadabra!  The Magic of Animal-Assisted Social Work
    40. Yvonne Eaton-Stull

    41. Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC) at Colorado State University
    42. Helen Holmquist-Johnson

    43. Mutual Rescue: From Multiple Sclerosis to Working with Therapy Dogs in Education
    44. Diana Pena Gil

    45. Getting in the H.A.B.I.T: Bringing Animal Assisted Interventions to Victims of Crime Bethanie A. Poe
    46. A Social Workers Experience at a Veterinary School and Teaching Hospital
    47. Eric Richman

    48. Supporting Students and Companion Animals in University and Community Settings
    49. Clarissa Uttley

    50. "Yes, I work with animals…No, I’m not a vet": Animal-Assisted Intervention and the Indian Experience
    51. Georgitta Valiyamattam

      Part 3: For Profit, Not for Profit and Government

    52. Making a Difference as an Animal-Assisted Interactions Program Coordinator?
    53. Tanya K. Bailey

    54. Changing Lives, One Service Dog at a Time
    55. Sarah Birman

    56. Canine- Assisted Family Treatment Court Coordinator
    57. Megan Bridges

    58. Nurse-Led Canine-Assisted Intervention Practice
    59. Cindy Brosig

    60. Promoting Animal Welfare in a Context of International Development: A Career in the Non-Governmental Sector
    61. Ashleigh F. Brown

    62. Advancing Standards and Professionalization in the Field of AAI
    63. Taylor Chastain

    64. A Day in the Life of an Executive Director at an Animal Protection Think Tank
    65. Ivy Collier

    66. Occupational Therapy: Using Meaningful Occupations to Enhance Function Throughout the Lifespan
    67. Emily DeBreto

    68. The Clinical Direction of Dogs
    69. Matthew Decker

    70. Animal Instincts: Following an Unmarked Path from Volunteerism to a Career in Human Animal Interaction
    71. Marivic R. Dizon

    72. A Look into Animal Assisted Interventions Abroad: Entrecanes Association in Northern Spain
    73. Carolina Duarte-Gan

    74. Program Design, Implementation, and Management: Human-Animal Interactions
    75. Carrie Nydick Finch

    76. Experiences in Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI): Practice, Research and Teaching
    77. Patricia Flaherty Fischette

    78. Human-Animal Interaction on the New York City Subway (Long Before Pizza Rat)
    79. Maya Gupta

    80. A Fair Shake For Youth: Helping Middle School Kids Connect with Dogs—While Discovering their Own Best Selves
    81. Audrey Hendler

    82. Kids and Dogs. Sounds Easy, Right?
    83. Indy Hlava

    84. Working with A Facility Dog in a Veterans Affairs Hospital
    85. Elizabeth Holman

    86. An Industry Veterinarian’s Perspective on a Career in Human-Animal Interaction
    87. Karyl Hurley

    88. Pick your Own Adventure, Finding a Career in the Non-Profit World
    89. Emily Patterson-Kane

    90. Organized Animal Protection as a Career: Meaning, Mission and the Academic Contributor
    91. Bernard Unti

      Part 4: Private Practice, AAI Program

    92. Symbiotic Relationship Between Therapist and Co-Therapist: The Story of Emmie
    93. Donna Clarke

    94. A Professional Transformational Journey in the Practice of Animal Assisted Interventions
    95. Molly DePrekel

    96. A Legal Career with Animals
    97. Akisha Townsend Eaton

    98. Conducting Canine-Assisted Psychotherapy
    99. Betz King

    100. Scientist-Practitioner Approach: Harnessing the Power of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Animal-Assisted Interventions in Private Practice
    101. Elizabeth A. Letson

    102. Applying Theoretical Frameworks and Organizational Structures to Help Develop the Field of Animal-Assisted Interventions: The Questions We Must Ask and the Answers We Must Seek
    103. Katarina Felicia Lundgren

    104. For the Love of Horses
    105. Fay McCormack

    106. Please Bear with Me: Working with My Canine Co-Therapist
    107. Janus Moncur

    108. Counselling with a Therapy- Animal
    109. Patricia Nitkin

    110. Forget Me Not Farm: A Haven for Children and Animals to Bond and Break the Cycle of Abuse
    111. Carol M Rathmann

    112. Integrating Human-Animal Interactions and Psychology: Research & Service
    113. Yahaira Segarra

    114. The Art and Science of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
    115. Marilyn Sokolof

    116. Animal Assisted Play Therapy
    117. Risë VanFleet

    118. Create your Herd: Developing a Career through Lived Experiences
    119. Aviva Vincent

    120. Canines, Equines, and Social Work

              Heather White


    Lori R. Kogan, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University, USA. She is the Chair of the Human-Animal Interaction section of the American Psychological Association and Editor of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, an open-access, online publication supported by the American Psychological Association.

    Phyllis Erdman, PhD, is a professor of counseling at Washington State University and is a licensed mental health counselor, and past chair of the Human-Animal Interaction section of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. She has been working in the field of human-animal interaction for over ten years, including assessment of equine therapeutic interventions, pet grief, and documenting the need for emotional support animals.

    This book provides a valuable and informative insight into the wide range of career avenues for those wishing to pursue their dream of working within the human-animal interaction field. The personal element of this book is particularly engaging and inspiring as we hear from those who pursued their passion for animals across different fields spanning from academia, to clinical practice, to working within animal charities, government, and non-profits. This book is a compilation of individual stories, each told in a light-hearted and sometimes humorous tone, yet are brutally honest about the main challenges they have faced throughout their chosen path, providing readers with a well-rounded and balanced view of a range of career trajectories. This book is therefore a valuable tool for both those trying to navigate career options in what can be quite a diverse and nonlinear field, as well as to educational professionals who wish to better advise their students with their graduate plans. -- Dr Roxanne Hawkins, Lecturer in Psychology (module co-ordinator of the Psychology of Human-Animal Interactions) at the University of the West of Scotland, UK