Research Associate, Institute for Human-Animal Connection
What I do
Jaci Gandenberger earned an MSW from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work in 2019 and an MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2014. She has three years of experience working as a university Fulbright Award advisor and in teaching intercultural awareness skills to prepare students to engage more successfully with diverse groups within the United States and internationally. This foundation informs her interest in examining the field of animal-assisted social work through a lens that considers implications for diverse and marginalized communities. Gandenberger is currently serving as a Research Fellow with IHAC, examining the impacts of animal- and environment-based interventions in residential treatment centers for adolescents.