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Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction

From seeing-eye dogs to therapeutic horseback riding to therapy dogs that help children struggling with reading, the healing power of animals enriches our lives in many ways. Human Animal Interaction (HAI) goes well beyond the strong emotional bonds that people have with our pets to include all aspects of these complex, complementary relationships. While there is a great deal of enthusiasm around HAI, such as the increasing popularity of animal-assisted therapy, the science of the field is still growing.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the health, strengths, and well-being of humans and animals through transdisciplinary partnerships that foster innovative research, education, and service programs in human-animal interaction.

Vision Statement

To enhance the lives of humans and animals through mutually beneficial interactions.

How to Get Involved

Boy-Cat_440x265Animal Instinct: Cummings School scientists seek to put some evidence behind what we intuitively know is a wonderful thing: our special relationship with the animals in our lives. Read more…

About Us

News and Announcements

  • 2016 TIHAI Student Scholars Announced!
    Congratulations to our 2016 TIHAI Student Scholars: We are thrilled to announce four awardees of the 2016 TIHAI Student Scholars program. Stay tuned for updates on their exciting projects throughout the year. Jonathan Sirota A17, Erick Garcia E17, Eric Hochwald A17, Kevin Lindell A17: ChangeFire Tufts, Development of Crucial Infrastructure for Community-led Hawksbill Conservation in the … » read more
  • New summer course on Animal Assisted Interventions 131213_12987_therapydogs116.JPG
    Introduction to Animal-Assisted Interventions, Summer 2016 The Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction and Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University are pleased to be offering a new summer course on animal-assisted interventions! OTS 194B will introduce students to animal-assisted interventions (AAI), which includes animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Course content will include … » read more
  • TIHAI Anniversary Lecture – Dr. Hal Herzog Herzog-200x300
    Dr. Hal Herzog, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Western Carolina University, will be joining us on April 20, 2016 for a lecture to celebrate the first anniversary of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. “Why Do Humans (and Only Humans) Keep Pets?” Wednesday, April 20, 1:30-2:30 pm Crane Room, Paige Hall Tufts University, Medford Campus Hosted with … » read more
  • 2016 TIHAI Scholars Applications – due April 15 IMG_8291
    TIHAI is pleased to be accepting applications for our 2016 Student Scholars program! Any Tufts University student is eligible to apply for up to $500 in support for research, education, or service projects related to human-animal interaction. Please see our Student Scholars page for more information. 2015 TIHAI Student Scholars Projects: Nancy Boren Alperson, V17: … » read more