Dr. Alina S. Rusu has a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences (Animal Behavior) from the University of Zurich. She is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania. She is the Director of the Biological Models of Psychopathology at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Babes-Bolyai University, and also, the President of the Romanian Association of Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy. She is the author of over 30 papers, book chapters and scientific reports. Her research interests include comparative psychology, human-animal and human-robot interaction.