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Kathleen Gerbasi

Kathleen Gerbasi

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I am currently studying people who call themselves furries. As far as I know, my team's first study, Furries from A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism), is the first peer-reviewed journal article to explore the furry culture (fandom) by collecting data from furries. Information from the ongoing Furry Study is placed on Live Journal (see my home page). Other general research interests are in social psychological aspects of anthrozoology. I am the Resource Coordinator for the Society and Animals Institute.

I have developed and teach a State University of New York Social Science General Education course on the Psychology of Human-Animal Relations. I also teach Introduction to Psychology, Life Span Development, and Social Psychology. In 2009 I received a State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Social Cognition

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  • Furscience, the science behind Furries and their fandom.
    • Linked publication: Gerbasi, K. C., Paolone, N., Higner, J., Scaletta, L. L., Bernstein, P. L., Conway, S., & Privitera, A. (2008). Furries A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism). Society & Animals, 16, 197-222.
    • Linked publication: Gerbasi, K. C., Paolone, N., Higner, J., Scaletta, L. L., Privitera, A., Bernstein, P. L. et al. (2007, March). The furry identity: Species identity disorder? Poster session presented at annual meeting of the Society for Research on Identity Formation. Washington, DC.

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Other Publications:

  • Gerbasi, K. C., Paolone, N., Higner, J., Scaletta, L. L., Privitera, A., Bernstein, P. L. et al. (2007, March). The furry identity: Species identity disorder? Poster session presented at annual meeting of the Society for Research on Identity Formation. Washington, DC.
  • Gerbasi, K. Psychology of human-animal relations. In J. M. Alger, T. Smith-Harris, S. McEntee, & K. W. Stallwood (2005), Teaching about animals and society: A collection of syllabi, projects, assignments, web sites articles and bibliographies (pp. 101-108). Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association.

Courses Taught:

  • Human-Animal Relations
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Life Span Development
  • Psychology of Success
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Kathleen Gerbasi
601 Sherwood Court
Lewiston, New York 14092
United States

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