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Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Institute for Human-Animal Connection


Exploring the Human-Animal Connection

IHAC initiates and seeks research opportunities that impact the overall well-being of humans, animals and the environment.

The faculty, doctoral student fellows and scholars-in-residence affiliated with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) are dedicated to advancing empirically-based information on the human-animal connection through research.

ongoing research affiliations

A Human Rights Approach to Family Planning in partnership with Having Kids

Addressing Wildlife Trade through Education in China. Promoting wildlife conservation through core identities: Possibilities in China. In collaboration with Susan Clayton (Fellow of IHAC), College of Wooster and Xu Ping, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Community Responses to an Animal Welfare Program: A Case Study of CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare), Soweto, South Africa

McDonald, S. E., Garrido, E., Taussig, H., & Ascione, F. R. (in preparation). Animal abuse among maltreated youth in out of home care.

McDonald, S. E., Haden, S., Blakelock, H., & Ascione, F.(in preparation). Incarcerated men's reports of animal abuse in the context of intimate partner violence.