Ece Beren Barklam

Research project: Pet Ownership and Human-Animal Interactions


My main research interests are pet ownership and human-animal interactions. In my thesis, I use quantitative approaches to investigate their links to well-being, individual differences, and human relationships. The projects involve mediation and moderation analyses and quantifying qualitative data (e.g., behavioral coding).

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


My interest in a research 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. Anthrozoƶs, 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 (Unpublished)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 (Unpublished)

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