Ece Beren Barklam

Research project: Pet Ownership and Human-Animal Interactions


My main research interests involve pet ownership and human-animal interactions. In my thesis, I focus on how those relate to well-being and individual characteristics. I am currently collecting data with romantic couples and friends and their pets in the psychology lab on the Penrhyn Road campus. Please email me if you are interested in finding out more and participating in this research: 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Pet Ownership and Human-Animal Interactions
  • Research supervisor: Dr Fatima Maria Felisberti


My interest in an academic career began after I volunteered as a research assistant in several psychology labs during my undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University. I completed my MSc in Child and Adolescent Psychology, and I worked as a research operations assistant for pediatric allergy studies at King's College London before starting my PhD at Kingston University. I am currently working as an hourly paid lecturer, involved in delivering lectures and seminars and marking assessments in several psychology modules at Kingston University. 

Areas of research interest

  • Pet ownership
  • Human-animal bond
  • Human-animal interactions
  • Well-being
  • Cognition
  • Personality


  • MSc in Child and Adolescent Psychology, University of Greenwich
  • BA in Psychology, Stony Brook University

Funding or awards received

  • Graduate Research School Activity Support Fund (2022) - Kingston University London


Number of items: 3.


Barklam, Ece Beren and Felisberti, Fatima Maria (2023) Pet ownership and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic : the importance of resilience and attachment to pets. Anthrozoös, 36(2), pp. 215-236. ISSN (print) 0892-7936

Conference or Workshop Item

Barklam, Ece Beren and Felisberti, Fatima (2022) The link between pet ownership and well-being : type of pet attachment and individual characteristics matter. In: British Psychological Society Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) 2022 Annual Virtual Conference; 27-28 Jul 2022, Held online. (Unpublished)

Barklam, Ece Beren and Felisberti, Fatima (2022) The roles of pet attachment and resilience in well-being at different stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. In: Kingston University Faculty of Business and Social Sciences Research Conference; 01 Jul 2022, Kingston upon Thames, UK. (Unpublished)

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