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Recent Presentations

2017

• Bexell, S.M. (September, 2017). Human population growth and wildlife conservation within the One Health paradigm. Presentation at the Pathways 2017 conference, Estes Park, CO, USA.

• Morris, K.N. (September 28, 2017). Measuring the broader socioeconomic impacts of animal welfare policies. Michelson Found Animals Public Policy Forum: Los Angeles, California.  

• Sparks, J., Tedeschi, P. and Morris, K.N. (June 22-25, 2017). Race and ethnicity are not primary determinants in utilizing veterinary services in underserved communities in the United States: a retrospective database analysis. International Society for Anthrozoology Conference: Davis, California.

• Flynn, E., Roguski, J., Tedeschi, P. and Morris, K.N. (June 22-25, 2017). Assessing whether proximal effects of an animal-assisted intervention translate to disctal clinical outcomes in a family preservation program – the Savio study. International Society for Anthrozoology Conference: Davis, California.

• Sparks, J. and Morris, K.N. (May 10-12, 2017). Pets for Life as a model of social science-informed animal welfare. HSUS Animal Care Expo 2017: Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

• Flynn, E., Rojas, L., Curran, B. and Morris, K.N. (April 28-29, 2017). Positive Youth Development in Human-Animal Interaction programs: research and application. Green Chimneys Human-Animal Interaction Conference: Brewster, New York.

• Bexell, S.M. (April, 2017). Planetary boundaries: Identifying a safe operating space for humanity, animals and ecosystems in the Anthropocene. Presentation at the Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene conference, Ft. Collins, CO, USA.

• Birgiolatte, P., Greenwald, K. & Bexell, S.M. (April, 2017) The role of the human-animal bond and wildlife in fostering compassion and connection to nature. Poster presentation at the 2017 Children & Nature Network Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2016

• Bexell, S.M. & Xu, P. (November, 2016) Addressing root causes of the conservation crisis: Human population, wildlife trade and environmental (ill)literacy. Presentation at the 2016 Giant Panda Annual Meeting, Chengdu, P.R. China.

• Bexell, S.M., Rechkemmer, A., & Decker-Sparks, J, (November, 2016) Collaborative Practice for Sustainable Development Inclusion in Evidence-Based Social Work Education. APM of the Council for Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA, USA.

• Decker-Sparks, J., Bexell, S.M., & Rechkemmer, A. (November, 2016) Using a Psychoeducational Intervention to Increase Environmental Consciousness and Decrease Consumption. APM of the Council for Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA, USA.

• Morris, K.N. (November 15, 2016). Shelter trends in intake and outcome data for animal shelters in Colorado, 2000-2015. National Council on Pet Population Research Symposium: Portland, Oregon.

• Rechkemmer, A., Bexell, S.M., & Decker-Sparks, J. (November, 2016) Migration Induced by Global Environmental Factors: A Major Challenge for Social Work Practice. APM of the Council for Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA, USA.

• Morris, K.N. (October 23-26, 2016). A research agenda aimed at understanding "social science-informed animal welfare". Animal Grantmakers 2016 Annual Conference: Denver, Colorado.

• Clayton, S., Bexell, S.M. & Xu, P. (Month, 2016). Encouraging support for wildlife protection among zoo visitors in Chengdu, China. Environmental Psychology

• Decker-Sparks, J. & Bexell, S.M. (July, 2016). Using a psychoeducational intervention to communicate science, increase environmental consciousness, and decrease consumption. Presentation at the Society for Conservation Biology Annual Meeting, Madison, WI, USA.

• Morris, K.N. (June 16, 2016). Examining how relationships with animals support human health. Found Animals Foundation Public Policy Forum: Los Angeles, California.

• Vandsandt, L., Kutzler, M., Fischer, A., Morris, K.N., and Swanson, W. (June 22-25, 2016). Safety and efficacy of a single and repeat intramuscular injection of a GnRH vaccine (GonaCon™) in adult female domestic cats. 8th International Symposium on Canine and Feline Reproduction: Paris, France.

• Morris, K.N. and Mueller, M. (May 12-13, 2016). Developing an integrated strategy for documenting and measuring the effects of nature-based therapies in complex environments – The Green Chimneys Project. Animal On The Mind: Denver, Colorado.

• Bexell, S.M., Rechkemmer, A., Decker-Sparks, J., Zhou, J., & Williams, J.H. (April, 2016) Using a psychoeducational intervention to communicate science, increase environmental consciousness and decrease consumption in the United States and China. The Third Annual Internationalization Summit, Denver, CO, USA.

• Bexell, S.M., Tedeschi, P., Brisson, D., Chaney, C., Meros, V., & Moody, L. (April, 2016) Environmental literacy in a major metropolitan and key conservation area in China. The Third Annual Internationalization Summit, Denver, CO, USA.

• Bexell, S.M. & Rechkemmer, A. (2016, January) A critical analysis of inclusion gaps in directly relevant sustainable development themes in recent social work research. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC, USA.

• Rechkemmer, A., Bexell, S.M., Rai, A., & O'Connor, A.A. (2016, January) Globally environmentally induced migration: a major challenge for social work research and practice. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC, USA.

2015

 • 2015 • Bexell, S.M. & Xu, P. (2015, November) Conservation education and research of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. 2015 Giant Panda Annual Meeting, Dalian, P.R. China.

• Bexell, S.M., Rechkemmer, A., & Johnson, S. (2015, October) Reflexive Development: A model for higher education to contribute toward sustainability. APM of the Council for Social Work Education, Denver, CO, USA.

• Morris, K., Roguski, J, McCullough, A., McQuarrie, D., Trujillo, K. and Tedeschi, P. (July 7-9, 2015). Measuring the efficacy of an animal-assisted intervention in a family preservation services program – The Savio study. International Society for Anthrozoology Conference: Saratoga Springs, New York.

• Bexell, S.M., Rechkemmer, A., Des Marais, E. Brown, C., Johnson, S., & Harland, B. (2015, April) Reflexive Development: A model for higher education to contribute toward sustainability. The Internationalization Summit, University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA.

• Rechkemmer, A., Rhai, A., Portalupi, L. & Bexell, S.M. (2015, April) Environmental migration: A rapidly emerging global phenomenon. Preparing DU students for global interventions and practice. The Internationalization Summit, University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA.

Before 2015

• Morris, K. (September 17-19, 2014). Measuring impact to improve your organization, identify needs and inform funders. Assistance Dogs International Conference: Denver, Colorado.

• Bexell, S.M. & Portalupi, L. (2014, April) Exploring the interdependence of human and animal health: a case study of an animal welfare organization in Soweto, South Africa. The Internationalization Summit, University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA.

• Morris, K., McCullough, A., Jenkins, M. and Ruehrdanz, A. (July 25-29, 2014). The Canines and Childhood Cancer (CCC) Study: An Evidence-Based Approach to Researching Animal-Assisted Therapy and Its Effects on Therapy Dogs in Pediatric Oncology Settings. AVMA Convention: Denver, Colorado.

• Brisson, D., Tedeschi, P., Rechkemmer, A., Bexell, S.M., Crawford, E. & Nelson, K. (2014, April) Sustainable development: One health and global practice. The Internationalization Summit, University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA.

• Morris, K. (April 22-25, 2014). Dog bites in Colorado July 2007-June 2010: Data, conclusions and tips for keeping communities safer. Rocky Mountain regional Animal Control Conference and Training: Golden, Colorado.

• McDonald, S. E., & Laser, J. A. (2014). Childhood maltreatment, internalizing problems, and delinquency among Korean youth: The buffering effect of perceived neighborhood collective efficacy. Paper accepted for presentation at the 18th Annual Program Meeting of the Society for Social Work Research. San Antonio, TX.

• Bexell, S.M. & Tang, Y.F. (2013, November) Addressing the most serious threats to wildlife conservation through education. Presentation at the Panda 2013: Conservation Priorities Conference, Chengdu, P. R. China.

• Bexell, S.M. (2013, September) Factory farming and commercial fisheries: the growth of industrial production and its impact on African One Health. Presentation at the First International Pan-African Animal Welfare Alliance Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

• Morris, K.N. (September 12-13, 2013). Colorado cat sheltering dynamics. American Humane Association Cat Health and Welfare Forum: Orlando, Florida.

• Tedeschi, P. & Bexell, S.M. (2013, September) The importance of animals in human health. Presentation at the First International Pan-African Animal Welfare Alliance Conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

• Selikow, T.A. & Bexell, S.M. (2013, August) Exploring the interdependence of human and animal health: A case study of an animal welfare organization, CLAW (Community Lead Animal Welfare), in South Africa. Presentation at the Institute for Critical Animal Studies Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.

• McCullough, A. and Morris, K. (July 19-23, 2013). The Canines and Childhood Cancer Study: Examining the physiological impacts of human-animal interactions for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, their parents/caregivers, and therapy dogs. International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations' Triennial Conference: Chicago, Illinois.

• Morris, K., McCullough, A., Roguski, J. and Bishop, A. (July 18-19, 2013). Measuring the efficacy of an animal-assisted therapy protocol within a family preservation and reunification program – The Savio Study. International Society for Anthrozoology Conference: Chicago, Illinois.

• Williams, J.H., Tedeschi, P., Des Marais, E., Bexell, S.M. & Rechkemmer, A. (2013, June) Preparing Social Work Students to Address Issues of One Health, Biodiversity Conservation, Animal Welfare and Social-Ecological Resilience. A panel at the ISSRM Conference, Aspen, Colorado, USA.

• Allspaw, K. & Bexell, S.M. (2013, April) Animal minds: the starting point of humane education. Presentation & Workshop at the Association for Professional Humane Educators Annual Conference, Detroit, USA.

• Bexell, S.M. & Des Marais, E. (2013, March) Reflexive development: a paradigm shift for global human well-being through integration of human social systems and Earth's biophysical limits. Presentation at the 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Denver, USA.

• Morris, K., McCullough, A. and Jenkins, M. (March 14-17, 2013). Canines and Childhood Cancer: Examining the impacts of animal-assisted therapy on pediatric oncology patients, their families, and participating therapy dogs. American Animal Hospital Association Conference: Phoenix, Arizona.

• Tedeschi, P., Bexell, S.M., Williams, J.H. & Des Marais, E. (2013, March) Preparing social work students to address issues of One Health to build human resilience. Presentation at the 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Denver, USA.

• Pearson, J.A. (2013). Animal use in animal-assisted interventions: A roadmap to ethical practice. Paper presentation. International Association of Human-Animal Interactions Organizations 13th Triennial Conference, in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention. Chicago, IL. 19-23 July.

• Rechkemmer, A., Tedeschi, P., Des Marais, E., and Pearson, J.A. (2013). Preparing social work students to address issues of One Health, biodiversity conservation, animal welfare and social-ecological resilience. Panel presentation. 19th International Symposium for Society and Resource Management. Estes Park, CO. 4-8 June.

• Bexell, S.M., Xu, P. Li, Y., Tang, Y.F., Liu, F. & Xiao, Q. (2012, November) Addressing Threats to Wild Giant Pandas and Red Pandas: Supporting Nature Reserves. Presentation at the 2012 Giant Panda Annual Meeting, Chengdu, P. R. China.

• Tedeschi, P., Bexell, S.M. & Williams, J.H. (2012, August) Preparing Social Work Students to Address Issues of One Health, Biodiversity Conservation and Human Resilience. Presentation at the 4th International Disaster & Risk Conference IDRC, Davos, Switzerland.

• Bexell, S.M., Xu, P. & Li, Y. (2011, November) Increasing success of reintroduction of wild animals through public education. Presentation at the 2011 Giant Panda Annual Meeting, Changsha, Hunan, P. R. China.

• Adams, R.A. & Bexell, S.M. (2011, October). Estimates of urban and rural bat species presence and educational outreach in Sichuan Province, China. Poster presentation at the North American Symposium for Bat Research, Toronto, Canada.

• Bexell, S.M., Tang, Y.F., Wang, Y.M., & Xu P. (2011, June). Overcoming psychological barriers to animal welfare and wildlife conservation through early childhood education. Presentation at the Asia for Animals Conference, Chengdu, P. R. China.

• Li Y., Bexell, S.M., Wang, J.P. & Xu P. (2011, June). Conservation education as a tool for protecting giant panda habitat and minority cultures in rural Southwest China. Presentation at the Asia for Animals Conference, Chengdu, P. R. China.

• Morris, K. and Gies, D. (May 4-7, 2011). The collection, analysis and use of shelter intake and outcome statistics. The Humane Society of the United States 20th Annual Animal Care Expo: Orlando, Florida.

• Morris, K. (April 6-8, 2011). Trends for animal shelters with mandated reporting. American Humane Association – Mars Animal Wellbeing Consortium – Phase I: Englewood, Colorado.

• Tedeschi, P., Bexell, S.M., & Counter Beaver, H. (2011, April). Conservation Social Work: Preparing Social Work Students to Aid Communities Facing Environmental Changes. Presentation at the Society for Human Ecology Conference, Las Vegas, USA.

• Bexell, S.M., Tedeschi, P., Feng, R.X., & Ascione, F. (2010, June). Conservation social work in China and its importance for biodiversity preservation and human welfare. Presentation at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development, Hong Kong, P. R. China.

• Morris, K. (May 15, 2010). Trends in Colorado and metro Denver shelter statistics. 2010 Spay Colorado Day: Englewood, Colorado.

• Bexell, S.M., Feng, R.X., Li, Y., & Shao, W. (2009, November). Supporting in situ conservation through conservation education in Minshan giant panda reserves. Presentation at the 2009 Giant Panda Annual Meeting, Chengdu, P. R. China.

• Gies, D. and Morris, K. (October 20-25, 2009). Development of a sustainable funding strategy for AAT and HAI in Colorado. International Society for Anthrozoology, 18th Annual Conference: Kansas City, Missouri.

• Bexell, S.M., Zhang, Z.H., Zhang, A.J., Fei, L.S., Wu, X.Z., Xu P., Feng, R.X., & Tang, Y.F. (2009, July). Conservation education for biodiversity preservation at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Sichuan Province, China. Presentation at the Society for Conservation Biology Conference, Beijing, P. R. China.

• Gober, P. & Bexell, S.M. (2009, July) The black-footed ferret, once thought extinct, returns to the wild. Presentation at the Society for Conservation Biology Conference, Beijing, P. R. China.

• Bexell, S.M., Feng, R.X., Wang, Y.M., Li Y., Li, J.L., & Zhang, Z.H. (2008, October). Conservation education and sustainable poverty alleviation projects for the protection of giant panda habitat. Presentation at Pathways to Success in the Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Conference, Estes Park, U.S.A.

• Bexell, S.M., Feng, R.X., Xu, P., Wang, Y.M., Tang, Y.F., Jin. S., Guo, J., Zhao, H., Li, J.L., Guo, H.M., Zhang, Z.H., Fei, L.S., & Wu, X.Z. (2007, November). Conservation Education as a Tool for Protecting Giant Panda Habitat. Presentation at the 2007 Giant Panda Annual Meeting, Chengdu, P. R. China.

• Bexell, S.M., & Luo, L. (2006, November). Comprehensive Conservation Education Programming for Urban and Rural Residents in Sichuan Province: Testing Effective Conservation Education Strategies for China. Presentation at the 2006 Giant Panda Annual Meeting, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

• Luo L., Bexell, S.M., Zhang Z.H., Feng, R.X., Xu, P, Tang, Y.F., Zhao H., Wu, X.Z., Zhou, W.W. (2006, September). Development of a conservation education department in a zoological park in China. Presentation at the 2006 International Zoo Educators Association Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa.

• Bexell, S.M., & DeHaan, R.L. (2006, May). The impact of cultural context in teaching conservation instructional strategies to Chinese vs. American teachers. Presentation at the Sino-American Education Consortium, Chengdu, P. R. China.

• Bexell, S.M., Snyder, R.J., Luo, L. & Sandhaus, E. (2005, October). Understanding giant panda behavior and applying it to conservation education: From recognizing to knowing giant pandas. Symposium presentation at the Society for Human Ecology's 20th Anniversary Conference, Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

• Bexell, S.M., Lakly, M.B., Jarrett, O.S., Luo, L., Yu, J., & Atkinson, S.L. (2005, August). Fostering care: can cross cultural research lead to a truly effective conservation education curriculum? Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., U.S.A

• Bexell, S.M., Jarrett, O.S., Yang, J., & Tan, N.N. (2005, April). Children and animals: Exploring empathic feelings with animals in four year olds in China and the United States. Poster presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, U.S.A.

• Lakly, M., & Bexell, S.M. (2004, September). Fostering Care: Creating a model conservation education program. Workshop presented at the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, U.S.A.

• Lakly, M., & Bexell, S.M. (2004, March). Environmental education research under the microscope: dissecting models of success. Panel discussion presentation at the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia's Annual Conference in Cordele, GA., U.S.A.

• Bexell, S.M. (2004, March). Mixed-method approach to evaluating preschool environmental education programs. Presentation at the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia's Annual Conference in Cordele, GA, U.S.A.

• Bexell, S.M. (2004, February). What happens when Scruffy wants to play? Children's bonds with animals. Presentation at The Association for the Study of Play Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.

• Bexell, S.M., Luo, L., Hu, Y., Tan, N.N., and Yang, J. (2003, November). Fostering bonds with animals in conservation education programs in the United States and China. Presentation at the 2003 Giant Panda Annual Meeting, Chengdu, P. R. China.

• French-Lee, S., Bexell, S.M., Korkmaz, N., Konantambigi, R., and Jarrett, O.S. (2003, February). University sponsored childcare in four countries: Implications for play theory and practice. Paper presented at a cross-cultural symposium at The Association for the Study of Play, Charleston, SC, U.S.A.

• Bexell, S.M., Jarrett, O.S., Snyder, R.J., Sandhaus, E., Luo, L., Hu, Y., and Maple, T.L. (2003, February). Interpreting and understanding animal play: Implications for conservation. Paper presented at The Association for the Study of Play, Charleston, SC, U.S.A.

• Bexell, S.M., Luo, L and Hu, Y. (2002, December). Conservation education and research collaboration between the Chengdu Zoo, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and Zoo Atlanta. Presentation at the 2002 Giant Panda Annual Meeting, Chengdu, P. R. China.

• Jarrett, O.S., Turner, S., French-Lee, S., & Bexell, S.M. (2002, February). Outdoor sand play: What kind of play does sand promote? Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Association for the Study of Play, Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A.

• Jarrett, O.S., Bexell, S.M., Turner, S., French-Lee, S., Lan, L., & Hu, Y. (2002, February). Play in university related child development centers: A cross-cultural comparison. Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Association for the Study of Play, Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A.

• Bexell, S.M. (2001, August). Conservation education programs in US zoos. Presentation at CAZG Directors Annual Meeting: Conservation Education in Chinese Zoos, Nanjing, P. R. China.

• Bexell, S.M., Luo L., Hu, Y., and Maple, T.L. (2000, October). Conservation Education Initiatives in China: A Collaborative Project between Zoo Atlanta, Chengdu Zoo, and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Paper presented at Panda 2000: Conservation Priorities for the New Millennium, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.