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.
To enhance the lives of humans and animals through mutually beneficial interactions.
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Animal 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
2022 TIHAI Scholars Applications Open!
Applications are now open for the 2022 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
Pets and the Pandemic: National Geographic
Co-Director Dr. Megan Mueller and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine clinical associate professor Dr. Emily McCobb weigh in on the relationship between people and their pets during the pandemic in a recent National Geographic article.