Center Research Affiliates: Examining the Human-Animal Interaction
June 28, 2016
The Center for Human-Animal hosted the inaugural meeting of the Center Research Affiliates at The VCU School of Medicine on June, 23, 2016.
This interdisciplinary group of researchers represents various fields including neuropsychology, social psychology, social work, organizational psychology, business, urology, infectious disease, psychoneuroimmunology, psychiatry, anatomy, neurosurgery, and statistics.
“Many of the affiliates are coinvestigators on past and current Center studies. We are grateful for their continued contributions, as well as the willingness of new affiliates to help us explore fresh areas of inquiry.”, said Dr. Sandra Barker, Center Director.
The group is interested in furthering the goal of increasing knowledge of the benefits of the human-animal interaction, and building upon previous studies in populations such as psychiatric patients, dialysis patients, palliative care patients, pediatric patients, healthcare professionals, healthy adults and college students. With regular affiliate meetings, the Center will provide the structure for these scientists to come together to discuss mutual interests and areas for collaboration.
The members of the group are as follows:
Nital P. Appelbaum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine, VCU
Randolph T. Barker, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Business, VCU
Sandra B. Barker, Ph.D., Professor, Psychiatry and Chair, Human-Animal Interaction
Gonzalo M. L. Bearman, M.D., MPH, Professor and Chair, Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases, VCU
Jeffrey D. Green, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology, VCU
Lance J. Hampton, M.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Urology, VCU
Janet S. Knisely, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Addictions Psychiatry, VCU
Ashlee R. Loughan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Neurology, VCU
Nancy L. McCain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Nursing, VCU
Gretchen N. McCandless, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Anatomy, VCU
Shelby E. McDonald, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Social Work, VCU
Emmy R. Miller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, VCU
Christine M. Schubert, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics, Air Force Institute of Technology
For more information on Center Research visit http://www.chai.vcu.edu/research/.