Investing In Ability Week 2013 Events

The Human Animal Bond, a conversation with Professor Kristine Siefert

Tuesday, October 22
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Graduate Library Gallery Room# 100

This special event is a condensed version of Professor Kristine Siefert's mini-course "Health and mental health benefits of the animal-human bond."

The event features a discussion on the importance of our connection with animals and includes a short video and a presentation by service dogs.


More about Professor Kristine Siefert

Kristine Siefert joined the faculty of the U-M School of Social Work in 1979. She has served as associate dean for academic affairs, assistant dean for research, and director of the Research Center on Poverty, Risk, and Mental Health. She has also served as a faculty associate of numerous interdisciplinary research and training programs and centers throughout the University. Her research focuses on identifying modifiable social, behavioral, and environmental determinants of health and mental health in women and children, with an emphasis on addressing socioeconomic and racial/ethnic health disparities. Recent studies have examined the etiology of racial/ethnic disparities in pregnancy outcome, the contributions of poverty and discrimination to maternal depression, and the impact of household food insufficiency on physical and mental health. Her research has been supported by numerous federal agencies and foundations. In 2003, she was named one of the most influential researchers in social work. She has served as a consultant for numerous governmental, human services, and professional organizations and in an editorial capacity or as a reviewer for 25 scientific and professional journals. In 2007 she was appointed the Edith S. Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Social Work. She is also a recipient of the University's Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award.