Dr. Aubrey H. Fine

Dr. Aubrey H. Fine

Faculty, Department of Education, College of Education and Integrative Studies

Personal Background

Dr. Aubrey Fine is a native of Montreal, Canada. He received his graduate degree from University of Cincinnati in 1982. Dr. Fine has been on the faculty at California State Polytechnic University since 1981 and is presently a Professor Emeritus and a licensed psychologist. In 2001 Dr. Fine was presented the Wang Award given to distinguished professor within the California State University system (23 Universities).

Dr. Fine with CPP Arabian horse, Amber.

Aubrey has been recognized by numerous organizations for his service and dedication to children, animals and the community. In July of 2016 he received the William McCulloch Award for Excellence in HAI Education and Practice from the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations, in Paris, France. Additionally, he was awarded the Educator of the Year, from the Learning Disability Association of CA as well as receiving the 2006 CA Poly Faculty Award for Community Engagement.

Dr. Fine with therapy dogs

Aubrey’s primary research interests relate to the psycho-social impact of human animal interactions and animal assisted interventions, social skills training and children with ADHD, and resilience in children, Dr. Fine is the author of several books including the Our Faithful Companions, Parent Child Dance, Therapist's Guide to Learning and Attention Disorders, Fathers and Sons, The Total Sports Experience for Children, Give a Dog Your Heart, The Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy (5th edition) Afternoons with Puppy, and The Welfare of Animals in Animal Assisted Therapy (Springer 2021). He also has had a featured monthly column in Dog Fancy Magazine on the human animal bond entitled the Loving Bond. He has been a guest on numerous national TV and Radio Shows including on programs on ABC, Discovery Network, KTLA, NPR, PBS, Fox and CNN. His work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, People magazine, Allure Magazine, Associated Press, LA and N.Y. Times. Dr. Fine is the chair of the Human Animal Bond Advisory Committee of Pet Partners as well as the past chair of the steering committee on Human Animal Interactions for the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Group of dogs