Jimmy Mai

Jimmy Mai
La Trobe University · Department of Psychology and Counselling

Doctor of Philosophy
Associate Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Counselling and Therapy, La Trobe University, Australia

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Introduction
Jimmy Mai completed his PhD in Anthrozoology, an area of research in Human-Animal relationships. He is also interested in family, community and cultural psychology. So, he plans to expand his research career in these areas.
Additional affiliations
October 2021 - present
La Trobe University
Position
  • Subject Assistant Coordinator
July 2018 - October 2021
La Trobe University
Position
  • University Tutor
Education
March 2018 - October 2021
La Trobe University
Field of study
  • Psychology
February 2017 - December 2017
La Trobe University
Field of study
  • Psychology
February 2014 - December 2016
Victoria University Melbourne
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (8)
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Assistance dog puppies live with their raisers for up to 16 months before entering advanced training and, hopefully, becoming qualified to help people with a disability. Almost half of the puppies fail to meet the behavioural standards required for assistance dogs, and some puppy raisers produce more behaviourally favourable puppies than others. It...
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Problem behaviours are the most common reason to reject young dogs from entering advanced training and obtaining certification for work as an assistance dog. Therefore, working towards preventing undesirable behaviours should be prioritised to reduce failure rates. The development of problem behaviours in puppies, such as those associated with fear...
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Puppies are often purpose-bred and carefully selected to be future assistance dog candidates. Early experiences during their stay with volunteer puppy raisers help shape their behaviour as young adults, which is an important determinant of whether they are selected for further training. Exactly how puppy raisers practices contribute to puppy behavi...
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Many assistance dog providers use volunteer raisers to manage each puppy’s learning and daily experiences, which partly determines the puppy’s behavioural development. Therefore, it is important that raisers engage in recommended practices. Three common recommendations from the literature include frequent socialisation and consistent training for t...
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Citation: Howell, T.J.; Nieforth, L.; Thomas-Pino, C.; Samet, L.; Agbonika, S.; Cuevas-Pavincich, F.; Fry, N.E.; Hill, K.; Jegatheesan, B.; Kakinuma, M.; et al. Defining Terms
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Animal-assisted services are evolving rapidly, with animals working in a variety of roles to support vulnerable people. However, the terms used to describe these animals can be confusing. Different terms may be referring to the same role, or different roles might be referred to using the same term. Since animals working in certain roles are afforde...
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Most puppies being raised as potential assistance dogs spend their time living and learning with a volunteer raiser during their first year of life, a critical period for their physical and psychological development. After this puppy raising stage, up to half of all assistance dog puppies fail to graduate to work in an assistance role. Many factors...
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Introduction: Migration to a new culture is a stressful process and much research has been conducted in the search for strategies to facilitate successful acculturation. Meanwhile, companion animals have been found, in many stressful circumstances, to provide owners with psychological and social support. This study addressed the question of whether...

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