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

ISBN 9780367366155
Published April 20, 2021 by Routledge
204 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents


          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

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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