John-Tyler Binfet

Associate Professor

B.A.R.K.
Office: EME 3173
Phone: 250.807.8420
Email: johntyler.binfet@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor



Research Summary

Conceptualizations of kindness in children and adolescents; Measuring kindness in schools; Social and Emotional Learning; Canine-assisted interventions; Assessment of therapy dogs; University student well-being

Courses & Teaching

Research Methods
Social and Emotional Learning
Child and Adolescent Development

Biography

Dr. Binfet is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. He has two distinct research streams: 1) the investigation of kindness in school including how children, adolescents, and teachers understand what it means to be kind within a school context; and 2) the effects of canine-assisted visitation on undergraduate student well-being. Dr. Binfet is the director of UBC’s Building Academic Retention through K9’s (B.A.R.K.) program. Founded in 2012, B.A.R.K. routinely sees 60+ therapy dogs brought to campus to support students’ stress reduction and overall well-being.

Websites

Building Academic Retention through K9’s (B.A.R.K.): http://bark.sites.olt.ubc.ca

The School Kindness Scale (S.K.S)https://education.ok.ubc.ca/research-partnerships/the-school-kindness-scale-for-children-and-adolescents/

Degrees

B.A., B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)

Selected Publications & Presentations

(note: underlined name indicates student co-author)

Binfet, J. T., Draper, Z. A., & Green, F. L. L. (in press). Stress reduction in law enforcement officers and staff through a canine-assisted intervention. Human Animal Interaction Bulletin.

Tardiff-Williams, C. Y., Binfet, J. T., & Rousseau, C. X. (in press) Shifting preservice teachers’ views of animal welfare and advocacy through a human-animal relationships course. Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies.

Silas, H. J., Binfet, J. T., & Ford, A. (2019). Therapeutic for all? Observational assessments of therapy canine stress in an on-campus stress reduction program. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 32, 6-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2019.03.009  

Binfet, J. T., & Passmore, H. A. (2019). The who, what, and where of school kindness: Exploring students’ perspectives. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 34, 22-37.  doi: 10.1177/0829573517732202.

Kjellstrand-Hartwig, E., & Binfet, J. T. (2019). What’s important in canine-assisted intervention teams? An investigation of canine-assisted intervention program online screening tools. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 29, 53-60.

Binfet, J. T., & Enns, C. (2018). Quiet kindness in school: Socially and emotionally sophisticated kindness flying beneath the radar of parents and educators. Journal of Childhood Studies, 43, 31-45.

Binfet, J. T., & Struik, K. (2018). Dogs on campus: Holistic assessment of therapy dogs and handlers for research and community initiatives. Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. Advance online publication.  doi: 10.1163/15685306-12341495

Binfet, J. T., Silas, H. J., Longfellow, S. W., & Widmaier, K. (2018). When veterinarians support canine therapy: Bidirectional benefits for clinics and therapy programs. Veterinary Sciences, 5, 1-8. doi: 10.3390/vetsci5010002

Binfet, J. T., Passmore, H. A., Cebry, A., Struik, K., & McKay, C. (2018). Reducing university students’ stress through a drop-in canine-therapy program. Journal of Mental Health, 3, 197-204. doi: 10.1080/09638237.2017.1417551

Struik, K., & Binfet, J. T. (2017, Aug.). Child-canine bonding in children with ASD: Findings within and across case studies. Animalia: The Anthrozoology Journal.

 Binfet, J. T. (2017). The effects of group-administered canine therapy on first-year university students’ well-being: A randomized controlled trial. Anthrozoos, 30, 397-414. doi/abs/10.1080/08927936.2017.135097

Dickie, K., Holder, M., & Binfet, J. T. (2017). Happiness in children. In H. Montgomery (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199791231-0188.

Binfet, J. T., & Passmore, H. A. (2017). Teachers’ perceptions of kindness at school. International Journal of Emotional Education, 9, 37-53. doi: 10.1080/08927936.2016.1181364

Binfet, J. T., & Passmore, H. A. (2016). Hounds and homesickness:  The effects of an animal-assisted therapeutic intervention for first-year university students. Anthrozoos, 29, 441-454.

Binfet, J. T., Trotman, M. L., Henstock, H. D., & Silas, H. J. (2016). Reducing the affective filter: Using canine-assisted therapy to support international students’ English language development. BC Teaching English as an Additional Language, 1, 18-37.

Binfet, J. T., Gadermann, A. M., & Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (2016). Measuring kindness at school: Psychometric properties of a School Kindness Scale for children and adolescents. Psychology in the Schools, 53, 111-126. doi:10.1002/pits.21889

Binfet, J. T. (2016). Kindness at school: What children’s drawings reveal about themselves, their teachers, and their learning communities. Journal of Childhood Studies, 41, 29-42.

Binfet, J. T. (2015). Not-so random acts of kindness: A guide to intentional kindness in the classroom. International Journal of Emotional Education, 7, 35-51. https://doaj.org/article/3706dae6f26b427caf8641d27d3f4983

Binfet, J. T., & Gaertner, A. (2015). Children’s conceptualizations of kindness at school. Canadian Children, 40, 27-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.18357/jcs.v40i3.15167

Book Chapters

Paquet, A., Binfet, J. T., & Paquet, Y. (2019). La bienveillance à l’école: Essai de définition et exemples de la perception des élèves. In C. Martin-Krumm & C. Tarquinio (Eds.), Psychologie positive: Etas des saviors, champs d’application et perspectives (pp. 133-148). Paris: Dunod.

Binfet, J. T. (2016). Kindness: A mindful act of well-being. In K. Ragoonaden S. Bullock (Eds.), Mindfulness and critical friendship: A new perspective on professional development for educators (pp. 107-117). New York: Lexington Books.

Ho, K., Binfet, J. T., Cordeiro, J., & Novak-Lauscher, H. (2012). Public engagement in eHealth: Toward improving equity in health evidence and health system renewal. In K. Ho S. Jarvis Selinger H. Novak-Lauscher J. Cordeiro R. Scott (Ed.), Technology Enabled Knowledge Translation for eHealth (pp. 177-188). New York, United States: Springer. Retrieved from http://ehealth.med.ubc.ca/publications/publications2012

Conferences

Blind, Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations – Papers
(note: underlined names indicate student co-authors)

Binfet, J. T., Draper, Z. A., & Green, F. L. L. (2019, July). Reducing stress in law enforcement officers and staff through a canine-assisted intervention. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Orlando, FL.

Rousseau, C. X., Draper, Z. A., Binfet, J. T., Tardif-Williams, C., & Green. F. L. L. (2019, July). Exploring handlers’ well-being in an on-campus canine-assisted intervention. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Orlando, FL.

Silas, H. J., & Binfet, J. T. (2018, July 4). Therapeutic for all? Observational assessments of therapy canine stress during sessions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Sydney, Australia.

Symposium at the annual meeting of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Sydney, Australia. Therapy canines: Screening and assessment, safeguarding well-being, and innovative programming.

  • Paper 1: Hartwig, E., & Binfet, J. T. (2018, July 4). What’s important in screening therapy canines?: A review of 320 North American canine assisted programs.
  • Paper 2: Silas, H. J., Calibaba, B., & Binfet, J. T. (2018, July 4). Safeguarding therapy canine well-being: Educating the public to recognize stress indicators in working canines.
  • Paper 3: McKay, C., Harris, N., & Binfet, J. T. (2018, July 4). Building confidence through K9’s: A pilot program to build children’s leadership through interactions with therapy canines.

Binfet, J. T., & Whitehead, J. (2018, April 16). Fostering kindness in middle school: Insights and implications from the Adolescent Kindness Studies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, USA.

Tardiff-Williams, C., Binfet, J. T., & Rousseau, C. (2017, October 12). Connections between preservice teachers’ conceptualizations of child-animal interactions and views about promoting humane education in the classroom. Paper presented at the 2017 Conceptualizing Children and Youth Conference, St. Catharines, Canada.

Binfet, J. T. (2017, July 15). Kinder than we might think: Adolescents’ kind acts in middle school. Paper presented at the 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology, Montreal, Canada.

Binfet, J. T., Passmore, H. A., Cebry, A., Struik, K., & McKay, C. (2017, June 24). Reducing university students’ stress through a drop-in canine-therapy program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Davis, USA.

Tardiff-Williams, C. Y., Binfet, J. T., & Xinmei-Rousseau, C. (2017, June 24). Fostering agents of change: Laying the foundations for professional advocacy through participation in an undergraduate course on human-animal interactions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Davis, USA.

Binfet, J. T. (2017, Apr. 8). Children’s conceptions of kindness in school: Findings from three studies. In R. Banerjee (Chair), Kindness goes to school! Understanding and promoting kindness and well-being in children and adolescents. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, USA.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Whitehead, J., Maloney, J., Sipl, M., Binfet, J. T., & Roeser, R. (2017, Apr. 8). Effectiveness of the Random Acts of Kindness Curriculum in promoting children’s prosociality and classroom supportiveness. In R. Banerjee (Chair), Kindness goes to school! Understanding and promoting kindness and well-being in children and adolescents. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, USA.

Trotman, M., & Binfet, J. T. (2016, July 13). Reducing the affective filter: Using canine assisted therapy to support international university students’ English language development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations, Paris, France.

Binfet, J. T. (2016, July 11). The effects of single-session animal-assisted therapy on first-year university students’ well-being: A randomized controlled trial. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations, Paris, France.

Binfet, J. T., & Passmore, H. A. (2016, July 8). Hounds and homesickness: The effects of an animal-assisted therapeutic intervention for first-year university students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Barcelona, Spain.

Struik, K., & Binfet, J. T. (2016, July 9). Canine-child bonding in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Findings within and across case studies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Barcelona, Spain.

Binfet, J. T., & Cull, I. (2016, June 21). Heavy petting on campus: An overview of the Building Academic Retention through K9s program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, Winnipeg, Canada.

Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Whitehead, J., Maloney, J., E., Sipl, M., Binfet, J. T., & Roeser, R. (2016, June). Promoting children’s prosocialty in elementary school: Exploring feasibility and preliminary outcomes of “Random Acts of Kindness” program. In S.  Hammond (Chair), Being good at school: Promoting and evaluating prosocial behavior in diverse lifespan educational contexts. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Chicago, USA.

Binfet, J. T., & Passmore, H. A. (2016, Apr. 10). Teachers’ perceptions of kindness in school. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, USA.

Passmore, H. A., & Binfet, J. T. (2015, June 25). Definitions, agents, and locations of kindness. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4th World Congress on Positive Psychology, Orlando, USA.

Selected Grants & Awards

Granting Agency Subject COMP $ Per Year Year Principal Investigator
TELUS Canine Therapy
w/ Boys & Girls Club – YEAR 2
C
Awarded
5,000 2018-2019 Binfet, J. T.
SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant Canine Therapy
to support RCMP Constable
well-being
C
Awarded
24,694 2017-2018 Binfet, J. T.
TELUS Canine Therapy
w/ Boys & Girls Club
C
Awarded
5,000 2017-2018 Binfet, J. T.
UBC Okanagan Internal Research Grant Stress in Therapy Canines C
Awarded
4,985 2017-2018 Binfet, J. T.
SSHRC Insight Development Grant Kindness in Middle School C
Awarded
32,778 2016-2018 Binfet, J. T.
Central Okanagan Foundation Understanding Teacher’s
Perception of
Kindness
C
Awarded
5,000 2014-2015 Binfet, J. T.

Media

2019

CKNW, Jill Bennett Show “Back on the Beat” (May 25, 2019). (RADIO). Topic = Kindness.

The Tyee (May 22, 2019). How to make schools kinder places for kids: And other gentle lessons I’ve learned from 3,000 children and teens.

Le Soleil: Ce que 3000 enfants et adolescents m’ont appris sur la gentillesse (May 4, 2019)

Super Awesome Science Show (April 30, 2019) (PODCAST): For the Love of Dogs

Kindness: What I’ve learned from over 3,000 children and adolescents (The Conversation, April 29, 2019)

Kindness: What I’ve learned from over 3,000 children and adolescents (National Post, April 29, 2019)

The Super Awesome Science Show: For the Love of Dogs (Global News, April 10, 2019). 

Academica Group (Mar. 13, 2019). Binfet reflects on seven years of dog therapy. Today’s Top Ten

Dog Therapy: What I’ve learned overseeing 60 canine campus teams. (The Conversation, Mar. 10, 2019).

Dog Therapy: What I’ve learned overseeing 60 canine campus teams. Ottawa Citizen (Mar. 11, 2019)

Furry therapists bring students stress relief. (The Globe and Mail, Jan. 8, 2019). 

Faculty Advisor/Supervisor

Dr. Binfet is keen to work with graduate students interested in working in the areas of kindness or canine therapy.  Dr. Binfet supervises M.Ed., M.A., and Ph.D. students in these areas and is well versed in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

 

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