Think back to your first day on campus. Meeting new people, moving in to your dorm, finding your way around campus, and wondering how you will get all your homework done - you probably felt excited, anxious, and also pretty stressed. How did this stress make you feel, think, and behave? In this FIRE stream, we are curious about how stress affects our relationships, and how those relationships impact our mental and physical health. What conditions make life stressful for us? Does stress that comes from our environment, like school or work, influence how we get along with our families? Do stressful family relationships have a negative impact on our physical and mental health? How can we alleviate or even prevent these negative effects?

Students in our Human Lab study HOW stress in relationships impacts health in humans. To do so, they learn how to administer structured, behavioral, physiological, and observational assessments to individuals and families, and are also involved in the recruitment and screening of participants. Students in our Animal Lab study WHY this stress impacts health in non-human animals. To do so, they learn small animal handling and behavioral assessments, hormone analysis, and neuromorphological data collection. This multidisciplinary approach allows us to take our research “from the bench to the bedside.”

We are a multidisciplinary stream composed of two separate labs which conduct research in different yet complimentary ways. All class meetings occur at the same time to promote our team science approach to psychological research. However, students will choose which line of research to pursue by registering for either the Human Lab (0101) or the Animal Lab (0201).

First-Year Spring Semester Course:
FIRE163 - FIRE SEMESTER 2: Animal and Human Relationships
(3 credits, General Education Distributive Studies, Natural Sciences)
Second-Year Fall Semester Course:
FIRE263 - FIRE SEMESTER 2: Animal and Human Relationships
(3 credits, General Education Scholarship in Practice)

2017 Animal and Human Relationships Innovation & Research Stream

2016 Animal and Human Relationships Innovation & Research Stream

Faculty Leader
Dr. Andres De Los Reyes

Faculty Leader
Dr. Erica Glasper

Research Educator
Dr. Sarah Racz