Dr. Kevin Morris is an Associate Research Professor within the Graduate School of Social Work and Director of Research for the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver. He has an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Chicago. After 20 years of preclinical and clinical cancer research, Dr. Morris switched the focus of his studies to improving animal health and welfare and understanding the human-animal bond. He is applying clinical trial designs to quantitatively measure the impacts of animal-assisted interventions in a wide variety of environments and contexts. Other studies are aimed at documenting the reciprocal impacts between companion animals and communities. The goal is raise the health and welfare of both people and other animals within the One Health framework.