2018 Bendigo Downtown Lecture

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Join us to hear from La Trobe University Head of Department of Psychology and Counselling, Professor Pauleen Bennett

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Tuesday 20 November 2018 05:45 pm (Add to calendar)
Cristin Wilkinson
Presented by:
Professor Pauleen Bennett
Type of Event:
Alumni; Community Event; Health/wellbeing/lifestyle; Public Lecture
Free but registrations are essential

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Bendigo Downtown Lecture featuring a keynote address by La Trobe’s very own, Professor Pauleen Bennett.

This is a not to be missed opportunity to hear Professor Pauleen Bennett discuss the important part assistance dogs play in improving the lives of those with disabilities, and the unique role La Trobe has in rolling out this world-first approach to assisting people with PTSD.

Professor Bennett is the Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling at La Trobe University, whose work focuses on human-companion animal relationships, particularly those involving companion dogs.

Professor Bennett and her team recently received funding from the Department of Veteran's Affairs to investigate placement of assistance dogs with veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. La Trobe will run the pilot program to train 20 PTSD assistance dogs on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

As home to Australia’s first dedicated human-dog interaction laboratory, La Trobe is leading the pack on research involving our best friend.

About the speaker

Professor Pauleen Bennett studied psychology at the Bundoora campus of La Trobe before moving to Monash for the early part of her academic career. She returned to La Trobe Bendigo campus in 2011 and is currently Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling, a busy department with operations across five La Trobe campuses.

Pauleen studies the psychology of human-animal relationships, particularly those involving companion dogs, and developed a popular undergraduate subject on this topic. She also leads the anthrozoology research group and is director of the dog lab at the Bendigo campus.

Pauleen is a Fellow of the International Society for Anthrozoology. Her students have diverse interests, ranging from exploring individual differences in dog cognition, perception, personality and behaviour, through to using dogs to improve humans’ mental health and well-being and to ‘sniff out’ targets like human diseases and endangered species.


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