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Dr Carri Westgarth BSc MPH PhD

Senior Lecturer in Human-Animal Interaction Epidemiology and Population Health


    My research focus is human-animal interactions:

    In particular:
    dog walking and physical activity,
    childhood development and pet ownership,
    dog bite prevention,
    overseas rescue dogs,
    and responsible dog ownership.

    I use both quantitative (epidemiological) and qualitative (sociological) research methods.

    I co-lead the cross-faculty seminar series CHAIR (Connecting Human-Animal Interaction Research)

    Research Grants

    Can DAVE (Dog Assisted Virtual Environment) be used in the assessment of human behaviour towards dogs?


    April 2019 - September 2022

    Perceptions of dog bites: why do they occur and how can they be prevented?


    September 2016 - December 2019

    Understanding the role of dog ownership and walking for better human health.


    July 2011 - July 2016

    Research Collaborations

    John Henderson

    External: The University of Bristol

    Is pet ownership associated with childhood asthma? NIH funded.

    John Reilly

    External: University of Glasgow

    The Children, Parents and Pets Exercising Together (CPET) Exploratory Trial