I am a psychologist and a professor in the Clinical and Counseling Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. My research focuses on animals and mental health. In collaboration with my students I have investigated whether the presence of a dog enhances positive perceptions of psychotherapists (yes it does!), the mental health benefits of therapeutic riding for the disabled compared to therapeutic down-hill skiing, and the level of interest in AAT among psychology graduate students in Canada. We are currently working of phase two of the Stress in Shelters Project which involves is an online survey of stress among shelter workers.