About Us

Annie Petersen, Ed.D.                                                     President and CEO   

Dr. Annie Petersen is the Founder and President of the Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies.  She was previously the Education Manager for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA and has worked in the fields of education, early childhood development and animal welfare for over 30 years.

As President and CEO of the Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies, Dr. Petersen is responsible for program development, curriculum writing, grant writing and research. Her duties include coordination of Critter Companions programming, research development, and seeking out partnerships with other nonprofit organizations. She has also presented to people of many nationalities and most recently presented her findings from the study, The effects of experiences with animals on the reading comprehension skills of students in the seventh grade, at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Prior to her work with the Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies, Dr. Petersen was the Education Manager for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, developing and implementing new education programs for the community of San Diego. She has held faculty positions in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, has worked in the education departments of San Diego Zoo Global and the San Diego Museum of Man, and was the Assistant Director for College Center Montessori School in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Petersen earned her Doctor of Educational Leadership and Management degree from Alliant International University. She holds an MA in Education, a BA in Liberal Arts from National University and an AS in Early Childhood Development from Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA.

Did you know that as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization we accept donations!  Donations to the Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies go directly to help support our little critters and will help us to continue ourCritter Companions program for the Braille Institute and our Peace in Pairs pet therapy outreach program.  Please email us at Info@animalbondstudies.org, call (619) 405-3207  or simply click on the donation button below to donate through PayPal.

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