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Hi everyone! Just joined the forum. My story of how I got interested in
furry stuff is a little different. I'm a psychologist and anthropologist, and
my work looks at how people make culture and how culture shapes us. Four years ago I moved to Pittsburgh to take a job as an Assistant
Professor of Psychology at Duquesne
and collided with Anthrocon! Ever since then, I've been collaborating with the
International Anthropomorphic Research Project (all our findings are posted at furscience.com), an interdisciplinary team of researchers working with the furry
fandom. Right now I'm working on a project that specifically looks at how
people with neurodiverse identities (particularly autism) participate in the
furry fandom, and as part of that I am hoping to learn more about the community
in general and how it works for everyone involved.

I'm not collecting data here on the
forums - I don't collect any data without clear consent from the people
involved - but I am hoping to find out about local events I might be able to
attend to learn more about social life in the furry community. Please get in
touch with me if you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions about me or the
project!

Elizabeth

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Hello!

Nice to meet you! I am very interested in your research-- it is great to see some work being done for clinicians as well. I have been an outpatient therapist for years myself and find it... odd... as to what to do when I enounter a client who identifies as furry who is adjusting to their environment. Naturally, I don't disclose anything about my personal life... it's just that there is just no literature on this subject specifically.

Was interested in Penn state eventually to finish out schooling... but I may change my mind...

 

Nice handle, btw. Quite clever.

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Nice to meet you, too! You might find this article interesting - it doesn't exactly address your question, since it's written mostly for therapists who have no idea what furry is about, but at least it's a start. If you can't access a copy, I can send you one if you want.

 

Roberts, S., Plante, C., Gerbasi, K., & Reysen, S. (2015).
Clinical Interaction with Anthropomorphic Phenomenon: Notes for health
professionals about interacting with clients who possess this unusual
identity. Health and Social Work, 40, 2, e42-e50.

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Excellent! Thanks!

 

I found a site with the article. Very helpful. Glad to know I was not harming anybody who identifies this way through practice. 

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Also was helpful in finding my own answers that I have been looking for most of my life. Seriously. Thank you.

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Oh, I'm so glad it was helpful! If you want to read more of the work that group has done, they have all their publications listed here:

http://furscience.com/publications/

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Ah! nice! Will have to check it out this wehen i get a free moment this weekend.

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