News and Announcements

Student Spotlight: Erin King, PhD student

We are thrilled to welcome Erin King, M.S., who is starting in Fall 2020 as a student in the human-animal interaction track at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine PhD program. Erin will be working in Dr. Megan Mueller’s lab and in the Center for Animals and Public Policy, as well as continuing her role … » read more

Spring 2020 Newsletter!

What’s new at TIHAI? Check out our spring 2020 newsletter for updates and upcoming events! Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction Spring 2020 Newsletter

TIHAI Scholars Spotlight: Daniela Lopez Goicochea & Riley Aronson

Daniela Lopez Goicochea V’21 & Riley Aronson V’21 Providing Spanish language access to Tufts veterinary clientele: Breaking down barriers and fortifying the human-animal bond through communication Our shared summer goal was to implement more Spanish resources & medical Spanish interpretation services for the clients of Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic and the Foster Hospital … » read more

TIHAI in the News: Love Your Pet Day!

For National Love Your Pet Day, co-director Dr. Megan Mueller discusses with CNN the ways we believe our pets are good for us—and how science does (and sometimes doesn’t) back that up. Learn more about TIHAI’s research here!

TIHAI Scholars Spotlight: Tatyana Kalani

Tatyana Kalani, MS DVM/MPH Candidate, Class of 2021 Soil, children, and wildlife: The cycle of lead in the urban environment Lead (Pb) is an inorganic, heavy metal and is naturally found in the environment, including in air, soil, and water. Industrialization has increased the amount of heavy metals like lead in the environment. The historical … » read more

TIHAI information session – February 5th at noon

Are you a Tufts student, faculty, or staff member who is interested in learning more about how to get involved with the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction? Come join us on Wednesday, February 5th at noon!

Green Chimneys Documentation Report now available!

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver, TIHAI Co-Director Dr. Megan Mueller is a member of the research team studying the impact of animal- and nature-based programs at Green Chimneys, a residential treatment and special education facility for students with serious psychosocial challenges. Phase I … » read more

2020 TIHAI Student Scholars applications now open!

TIHAI is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 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, and 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

TIHAI Scholars Spotlight: Ariel Lefkovits

Ariel Lefkovits, M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Exploring How Breed Type Impacts Human Perceptions of Canine Behavior and Personality Pit bull stigmatization presents challenges and consequences for both pit bull type dogs and their owners. Pit bull dogs spend more time in shelters – where they are at risk for poor welfare and higher … » read more

Congratulations to our 2019 TIHAI Student Scholars!

Congratulations to our 2019 TIHAI Student Scholars! Riley Aronson, V21 and Daniela Lopez Goicochea, MPH21, V21 Providing Spanish language access to Tufts veterinary clientele: Breaking down barriers and fortifying the human-animal bond through communication Maha Bazzi-Magee, MAPP19 The impact of photographic manipulation on viewers’ perception of cats’ personalities Kaili Chen, A20 Sustainable livestock care at Nordic … » read more