In the News

September 20, 2023: National Geographic interviewed Dr. Mueller for an article on the science of pets and health. Read more here!

August 3, 2023: Listen to Dr. Mueller featured on NPR’s Weekly Dose of Wonder segment on interacting with dogs!

April 10, 2023: Dr. Mueller participated in a panel discussion on “The power of pets: How animals affect human health” hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A recording of the discussion is available here.

March 23, 2023: Erin King, M.S., successfully passed her Doctoral Qualifying Exam. Congratulations, Erin!

July 9, 2022: Dr. Mueller received the Early Career Award from the International Society for Anthrozoology.

June 13, 2022: Dr. Mueller’s is interviewed for an article on pets and child development for the BBC.

February 24, 2022: Dr. Mueller publishes an article in The Conversation about how pets can contribute to social capital and community cohesion.

June 25, 2021: PhD student Erin King is the recipient of the Martha Bryant Abstract Award for her presentation “Inequities in Access to Veterinary Care” at the International Society for Anthrozoology

February 22, 2021: Dr. Hal Herzog features a recently published study from the TPAW lab on his “Animals and Us” blog: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animals-and-us/202102/study-finds-therapy-dogs-have-no-effect-anxiety-in-teens

February 2, 2021: Dr. Mueller discussed the complex relationship with pets, exacerbated by pandemic-related trends. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2021/02/pets-are-helping-us-cope-during-the-pandemic/#close

October 6, 2020: Dr. Mueller was featured in a recent Chronicle episode discussing pets during the pandemic. https://www.wcvb.com/article/four-legged-friends-pet-adoptions-have-significantly-increased-during-covid-19/34278123

September 18, 2020: Dr. Mueller, along with Dr. Linda Charmaraman and Amanda M. Richer, co-wrote a study published in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal that examined how pet companionship is associated with social technology use and the quality of online social connections. Read more about the study here. https://www.newswise.com/articles/new-study-shows-associations-between-adolescents-relationships-with-their-pets-and-their-social-media-use

April 21, 2020: Dr. Mueller discussed the role that pets play in helping people cope during the pandemic. https://whdh.com/news/pets-helping-people-cope-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/

February 20, 2020: Dr. Mueller discussed the issue of whether or not pets are “good for us.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/20/health/benefits-of-having-a-pet-wellness/index.html