BSU Psychology Professor Publishes Research on Human Health & Animal Therapy

Angela FournierDr. Angela K. Fournier, Bemidji State University professor of psychology, recently published a book titled “Animal-Assisted Intervention: Thinking Empirically” in which she encourages practitioners and scholars to examine interactions between patients and therapy animals.

In addition to her role at BSU, Fournier is also a licensed psychologist and certified mental-health specialist in equine-assisted psychotherapy. Having developed a conceptual model to organize and explain animal-assisted intervention, Fournier’s book offers insight into understanding and identifying the role of therapy-animals in human-animal interactions and their affect on human health and well-being.

Animal assisted interventions is a broad term that is now commonly used to describe the utilization of various species of animals in diverse manners beneficial to humans. The American Veterinary Medical Association formally recognizes that the human animal bond is important to client and community health.

At Bemidji State, Fournier teaches courses in human-animal interaction, health psychology and research methods.



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