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I'm one of those people who are lucky enough to work in an area that fascinates me ľ human-companion animal interaction. My PhD looked at ways to improve the adoptive success of shelter dogs. Results of this research have been used by shelters in a number of Australian states and recently in Spain and South Africa (which is very exciting!). My background in human psychology and my interest in animal welfare have led me to conduct a number of projects looking at the efficacy of Animal-assisted interventions. Recently this interest has developed even further, and I have become a partner in the Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs Australia. This organisation supplies and trains dogs as an integral part of a therapeutic program for individuals who live with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Epilepsy and Dementia.
Since completing my PhD I have undertaken a number of studies on behalf of state governments around Australia including:
Other projects undertaken include:
I work in a consultative capacity with:
I work closely with Animal Aid to develop and deliver high quality, practically oriented training in animal handling and behaviour to animal management officers, shelter staff and volunteers who work in pounds and shelters and am currently developing materials for new vocationally based training in the companion-animal area. I lecture regularly at a number of dog training clubs on how dogs learn and dealing with behavioural problems and write occasional pieces for local newspapers and media, contribute regularly to the review panels of a number of scientific journals and present my research at local and international conferences.
I am a member of the data gathering group for the RSPCA led project investigating Animal Hoarding which is trying to determine the prevalence, characteristics and severity of animal hoarding cases in Victoria.
I am currently developing a tool to determine the features of the relationship between a cat and their owners and measure them.
Projects in the pipeline include:
Establishing and evaluating a rehabilitation program for prison inmates utilizing shelter dogs and cats.
Evaluating the effects on the family and client of including a service dog in the home.
Human-Animal interaction and its effect on human health and well-being, The mechanisms the human-animal bond including the role of Oxytocin, The continuum of companion-animal ownership and cultural differences in pet ownership, Animal Welfare.
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