Leadership and Staff

Kevin Morris, PhD (Treasurer)

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Dr. Kevin Morris pursues an interest in applying his scientific expertise to raising the health and welfare of both people and other animals within the One Health framework. He does this as the American Humane Endowed Chair and a Research Associate Professor within the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver and as Director of Research for its Institute for Human-Animal Connection. After obtaining his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago, he spent 20 years conducting preclinical and clinical cancer research before adapting the focus of his work to improving human and animal health and welfare through a scientific understanding of the human-animal bond. Dr. Morris' research portfolio focuses on measuring the clinical efficacy of animal-assisted interventions and on documenting the recipricol impacts between companion animals and communities. In addition to his role on the ACC&D Board of Directors, he pursues his passion for developing non-surgical sterilants for cats and dogs as a member of the Michelson Prize and Grants Core Scientific Advisory Board.