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.


what we address

We address the role of the human-animal bond in empathy development, the ability to form and express attachments, reaction to grief and loss, the challenges of aging, and other developmental passages throughout the lifespan.
We also address the ways in which human interaction with animals promotes health, the role of animal-assisted therapies in prevention and intervention programs in a variety of settings, Violence prevention as it relates to the link between animal abuse and family, juvenile, and community violence, Training programs on topics such as pet grief counseling, assessment and treatment of animal abuse, as well as counseling programs to address the needs of veterinary students, animal shelter volunteers, and animal rescue workers.


2021 APA Conference – Legal considerations in human-animal interactions: Dogs on campus

Legal Considerations in Human-Animal Interactions_ Dogs on Campus

New Ebook Available

Alternatives to Traditional Animal Assisted Interventions:  Expanding our toolkit by Human-Animal Interaction Section and Animal Assisted Intervention International Click here to download This e-book, authored by Human-Animal Interaction Section and Animal Assisted Intervention International is designed to be used by individuals or groups incorporating animal assisted interventions. Advanced AAI professionals contributed activities and interactions that […]

Call for Papers

Special issue of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin (HAIB) focusing on animal hospice/ palliative care, euthanasia, and grief/loss related to companion animals Paper submissions: June 1, 2022 We invite authors to submit an article for the special edition of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin on pertinent aspects of hospice/palliative care, euthanasia, or grief/loss related to companion animals. […]


Exciting Upcoming Events

Date Event
Wed, Jan 26, 2022 MST

10:00 AM

HAI webinar - Tellington TTouch
Thu, Feb 3, 2022 MST

1:00 PM

Animal Assisted Interventions Webinar Series
Thu, Feb 10, 2022 MST

2:00 PM

"Harry the Bully Blocker” a tool for treating bullied clients

past webinars

Banks’ research pursuits have included animal-assisted intervention and parental stress factors for psychiatric-hospitalized youth with autism, policy gaps and how they effect sibling caregivers in the United States, and best practices in multidisciplinary work for dually diagnosed youth with autism.

Colleen is a Professor & Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan. She has two registered therapy dogs and is training a third who, alongside community and academic partners, are involved in various projects with Colleen and her team. 

Dr. Erdman has conducted research in parent/child relationships and human-animal interaction (HAI), specifically looking at the effectiveness of equine facilitated activities.  She is past chair of the Section on Human-Animal Interaction, Society of Counseling Psychology, & American Psychological Association. 

Joan  initiated the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s ground-breaking Human-Animal Intervention Program by providing Human -Animal Intervention for Incarcerated Teens, At-Risk Pre-Schoolers, and Middle School students with Autism.

Shelly is the author of the chapter, “Understanding Cross-Species Parenting: A Case for Pets as Children” in the book Clinician’s guide to treating companion animal issues: Addressing human-animal interaction.

Clive D. L. Wynne, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Canine Science Collaboratory. Arizona State University. He is also the author of the Dog is Love: Why and How your Dog Loves You.