Dr Brinda Jegatheesan, PhD is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences and Human Development and Early Childhood Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is an affiliate faculty of the Center for Multicultural Education and of the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Washington. She received her Doctorate (PhD) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and was a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist conducting research with children with developmental and intellectual disabilities in 2006. Brinda specializes in psychological and medical anthropology that are directly or immediately relevant to early childhood anthrozoology and animal-assisted interventions. Her research program involves psychosocial, educational and clinical outcomes for vulnerable children (trauma, psychiatric disorders and developmental disabilities) and hospitalized children from ethnically and linguistically diverse backgrounds. An equally important area of her focus and specialization is the welfare of animals involved in animal-assisted interventions. Brinda is a Fellow at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver and a board member of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ), and the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI) USA. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets including The Washingtonian Magazine, The Sacramento Bee, and Wisconsin Public Radio in the US and in Taiwan, China and Japan. She has a deep interest in reading ancient philosophy, on archaeological sites and poetry.