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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…


News and Announcements

  • Project Coordinator Position
    The Pets and Well-Being Lab led by TIHAI co-director Dr. Megan Mueller has an opening for full time Project Coordinator to work on an exciting new National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded R01 longitudinal study assessing the effects of companion dogs on adolescents with social anxiety and their families. The Project Coordinator will work as … » read more
  • 2023 TIHAI Scholars Applications Open!
    Applications are now open for the 2023 TIHAI Student Scholars Program! Projects may be geared towards activities that benefit people, animals, or both, although activities that benefit both will be given priority. Proposals that involve harm or stress to animals will not be considered. Topics may be related to any area of HAI, such as … » read more
  • Student Spotlight: Eli Halbreich
    Eli D. Halbreich School of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2022 Perceived attitudes of pet owners about their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic Research conducted during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic indicated mixed but generally positive relationships with pets, which were exacerbated both positively and negatively during the early lockdown phases of the … » read more
  • Congratulations to our 2021 TIHAI Student Scholars!
    We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Student Scholars Awards! Stay tuned for more about their projects in the coming year! MaryAnn Trudeau and Emma Rao School of Arts & Sciences Increasing human-animal interactions on Tufts’ campuses through the training of service dogs Eli Halbreich School of Arts & Sciences Perceived attitudes … » read more
  • New TIHAI research featured on Psychology Today
    A new study published by a collaborative team of Tufts researchers led by Dr. Megan Mueller was featured in Dr. Hal Herzog’s popular “Animals and Us” Psychology Today blog. You can read the blog post here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animals-and-us/202102/study-finds-therapy-dogs-have-no-effect-anxiety-in-teens To learn more about the Tufts Pets and Well-Being Lab research on HAI and social anxiety, visit our … » read more