Research Associate, Institute for Human-Animal Connection
What I do
Erin Flynn, MSW, is a Research Associate at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver. She holds a certificate in animal-assisted social work and has incorporated animals in her work with youth, adults, and families as a mental health clinician. Her primary research interest is the study of how diverse contexts influence human development across the lifespan using relational developmental systems approaches. She is especially interested in human-animal-environment interrelationship as a context for developing self-regulation and positive development. Erin’s long-term goal is to examine the developmental, psychosocial, and neurobiological links between non-human animals and people exposed to trauma and chronic stress. Additional research areas of interest include: quantitative and mixed methodology, animal-assisted and nature-based intervention research, intervention research, and child welfare. Erin currently manages the Institute’s research agenda on understanding human-animal-environment interactions in a variety of therapy, education, and community-based settings.