Lynette A. Hart- BS, MA, PhD
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I strongly believe that the three interrelated areas of my research focus should relate to my teaching commitments and service activities: the research strengthens them, and both teaching and service play a role in directing the most important research emphases. First, with human-animal interactions, I am focusing on new areas in keeping with the changing roles of pets and assisting dogs, the impacts of economic events, the unspecified effects of spay-neuter at varying ages, and the topic’s growing importance to veterinary medicine. Second, I spearhead efficient information transfer about alternatives, or improved approaches, in the use of animals in classroom teaching and laboratory investigations, especially as the use of mouse models has expanded. The growing popularity of my unique course on the biology and behavior of the mouse, for future laboratory or general animal veterinarians and investigators, is an example of close integration of this focus and the real-life world of cutting-edge research. My third focus involves emphasizing basic animal behavior research, currently contributing timely investigations dealing with the highly endangered elephant which is so unique in cognitive and social behavior.
1958 BS Physical Science Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Honors and Awards
1995-2012 Honorary Member, Society for the Study of Human-Animal Relations, Japan
Active Research Grants
Co-Principal Investigator, Genetic components influencing the feline - human social bond, Lyons (Principal Investigator), NIH NICHD Child Health & Human Development Extramural Research
Most Recent 10 Publications
Most Recent 5 Book Chapters
2010 Hart LA: Positive effects of animals for psychosocially vulnerable people: a turning point for delivery, Fine AH, (ed), Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy, 3rd Edition, Amsterdam. 59-84.
2010 Hart LA: Human Animal Bond, Kahn CM, (ed), The Merck Veterinary Manual, 10th edition, Whitehouse Station, NJ. 1457-1461.
2009 Hart LA: Mice, Bekoff M, (ed), Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, Second Edition, Volume 2: I-Z, Santa Barbara, CA. 377-83.
2009 Hart LA: Dissection in science and health education, Bekoff M, (ed), Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, Second Edition, Volume 1: A-H, Santa Barbara, CA. 174-7.
2009 Hart LA: Animal-assisted therapy, Bekoff M, (ed), Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, Second Edition, Volume 1: A-H, Santa Barbara, CA. 58-60.