Kevin Morris

Kevin Morris

Research Associate Professor

What I do

The health of humans and other animals are intertwined. I conduct collaborative research with a diverse set of stakeholders to understand the impacts of the many intersections we have with animals.


children and youth, criminal justice, economic development, environment, health and wellness, human-animal connection, intervention research, research methods, social justice

Professional Biography

Kevin Morris, PhD, is an associate research professor within the Institute for Human-Animal Connection. After 20 years of preclinical and clinical cancer research, he switched the focus of his studies to improving animal health and welfare and understanding the human-animal bond. Morris's research is conducted with leading national and international organizations and academic collaborators. He is applying clinical trial designs to quantitatively measure the impacts of animal-assisted interventions in a wide variety of environments and contexts.

Morris's other studies are aimed at documenting the reciprocal impacts between companion animals and communities. The goal is to raise the health and welfare of both people, other animals and the environment they live in within the One Health framework.


  • PhD, University of Chicago