Faculty Associates

Alan M. Beck

Contact Information
Email: abeck |at| purdue.edu
Office: VPTH Map
Phone: (765) 494-0854
Fax: (765) 494-9830
Homepage: Homepage
Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology
Director Center of the Human-Animal-Bond

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Education


B.A. Brooklyn College {CUNY} 1964
M.A. California State University at Los Angeles 1968
Sc.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health 1972

Research Interests


Animal and human behavior, human-animal ecology, human-animal interaction, public health, epidemiology

Grants


NSF/University of Washington
Pet Care Trust

Publications


Beck AM. 2010. Animals and child health and development, Ch: 3, 43-52. In Animals in Our Lives: Human-Animal Interaction in Family, Community, and Therapeutic Settings. McCardle P, McCune S, Griffin JA, Esposito L, Freund L. [eds] Baltimore, Brookes Publishing.

Fine AH, Beck AM. 2010. Understanding our kinship with animals: input for health care professional interested in the human-animal bond, Ch 1: 3-15, in Fine AH. [ed] The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice-3rd Edition. Academic Press, New York.

Katcher AH, Beck AM. 2010. Newer and older perspectives on the therapeutic effects of animals and nature, Ch 4: 49-58, in Fine AH. [ed] The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice-3rd Edition. Academic Press, New York.

Beck AM. 2010. Humane education: the humane university, pp. 329-330, in Bekoff M [ed] Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare-Second Edition. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.

Melson GF, Peter H. Kahn PH Jr, Beck, AM, Friedman B. 2009. Robotic pets in human lives: implications for the human-animal bond and for human relationships with personified technologies. Journal of Social Issues 65(3): 545-567.

Melson GF, Peter H. Kahn PH Jr, Beck, AM, Friedman B, Roberts T, Garrett E. 2009. Children's behavior toward and understanding of robotic and living dogs. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 30:92-102.

O'Haire M. E., McKenzie, S. J., Beck, A. M., & Slaughter, V. (2013). Social Behaviors Increase in Children with Autism in the Presence of Animals Compared to Toys. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e57010.

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