Kevin Morris

Kevin Nolan Morris

Research Associate Professor

IHAC Executive Director, American Humane Endowed Chair

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 the American Humane Endowed Chair and 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.


  • Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, The University of Chicago, 1991
  • BS, Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1986

Featured Publications

Hawes, S., Camacho, B., Tedeschi, P., & Morris, K. N. (2019). Temporal trends in intake and outcome data for animal shelters in Colorado, 2000 to 2015. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 254(3), 363-372.
Flynn, E., Roguski, J., Wolf, J., Trujillo, K., Tedeschi, P., & Morris, K. N. (2018). Efficacy of an animal-assisted therapy as an adjunct to intensive family preservation services among Child Protective Services-involved families: A randomized controlled trial. Child Maltreatment.
Sparks, J., Camacho, B., Tedeschi, P., & Morris, K. N. (2017). Ethnicity is not a primary determinant of willingness to spay or neuter pets dogs and cats. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.


  • Faculty Career Champion, University of Denver
  • Faculty Career Champion, University of Denver
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work Dean’s Recognition, University of Denver