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Early Career Research (ECR) Round Table Chair:
Aubrey Fine, PhD


Dr. Aubrey Fine is a native of Montreal, Canada. He received his graduate degree from the
University of Cincinnati in 1982. Dr. Fine has been on the California State Polytechnic University faculty since 1981 and is presently a Professor Emeritus and a licensed psychologist. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at Utah State University.

Aubrey has been recognized by numerous organizations for his service and dedication to
children, animals, teaching, and the community. In 2001 Dr. Fine was presented with the Wang Award given to a distinguished professor in the California State University system (23 Universities). In July 2016, he received the William McCulloch Award for Excellence in HAI Education and Practice from the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations in Paris, France. Additionally, he was awarded the Educator of the Year from the Learning Disability Association of CA and the 2006 CA Poly Faculty Award for Community Engagement.

Aubrey’s primary research interests relate to the psycho-social impact of human-animal
interactions and animal-assisted interventions, social skills training and, children with ADHD, and resilience in children. Dr. Fine is the author/editor of several books, including Our Faithful Companions, The Parent-Child Dance, Therapist's Guide to Learning and Attention Disorders, Fathers and Sons, The Total Sports Experience for Children, Give a Dog Your Heart, The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy (5th edition- 6th edition to be released in August 2024), Afternoons with Puppy (2nd edition), The Welfare of Animals in Animal Assisted Therapy, and the International Handbook on Human-Animal Interactions and Anthrozoology (October 2023, Routledge Press). He also has had a featured monthly column in Dog Fancy Magazine on the human-animal bond entitled the Loving Bond. He has been a guest on numerous national TV and Radio Shows, including ABC, Discovery Network, KTLA, NPR, PBS, Fox, and CNN programs. His work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, People magazine, Allure Magazine, Associated Press, LA and N.Y. Times. Dr. Fine is on the Board of Directors of Pet Partners. He is the past chair of the Human Animal Bond Advisory Committee for Pet Partners and the steering committee on Human-Animal Interactions for the American Veterinary Medical

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