Dr. John-Tyler Binfet

Dr. Binfet is an associate professor in the Okanagan School of Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. He is a leading researcher on school kindness and his work strives to uncover how children, adolescents, and educators understand kindness in school and what they do to demonstrate kindness.  Dr. Binfet is the lead author of the School Kindness Scale and his research on kindness has been published in the Canadian Journal of School Psychology, the International Journal of Emotional Education, and the Journal of Childhood Studies. In addition to his work on kindness, Dr. Binfet is the founder and director of UBC’s dog therapy program “B.A.R.K.” His recent book on Canine-Assisted Interventions (Routledge Press) expands and challenges our understanding of which dogs make strong therapy dogs.  In the B.A.R.K. lab at UBC, Dr. Binfet investigates the effects therapy dogs have on undergraduate student well-being. More information on B.A.R.K. may be found at www.barkubc.ca.