Autism and Human-Animal Interaction: A Mixed Method Approach to Emotion Regulation

Research Study


My name is Harrison Chapman, a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia. I am inviting you to take part in a research study for a dissertation, which will explore different ways autistic adults adjust their emotions. In the study, the researcher aims to center the experiences of the autism community research on emotion regulation by examining various ways autistic adults adapt their emotions, the impact masking has on adjusting emotions, and the way animals may provide emotional support. You do not have to have a pet to participate.

Eligibility includes:
• Any autistic adult who is 18+ years or older with or without a professional diagnosis
• Ability to provide legal consent

The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and consists of:
• informed consent
• closed-ended questions
• three open-ended response questions
• demographics

Your participation in the study will aid in understanding the ways the adult autistic community regulate emotions and provide more information about the human-animal bond. The IRB approved survey (PROJECT00006156). Additionally, if you provide an email address, you will be entered in a random drawing for 1 of 5 $25.00 Amazon gift cards. You do not have to enter the drawing to complete the survey. You may enter for the drawing without participating in the research

Click the link below if you would like to participate.

Link to survey:

Please feel free to share this email with others who may be interested in participating.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Harrison Chapman at

Harrison E. Chapman, M.Ed.
Doctoral Candidate
The University of Georgia
Counseling and Psychological Services

Principal Investigator:
Alan Stewart
The University of Georgia
Counseling and Psychological Services

Published on:Aug 8, 2022 at 11:14

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