Editorial team

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the HETI Journal : International Research and Practice team.

Nina Ekholm-Fry

Editor in Chief

Nina Ekholm Fry is Director of Equine Programs at University of Denver’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection and Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and the Graduate School of Social Work. She has a background as a psychotherapist with a focus on trauma, as a competitive rider and equine behavior consultant, and as an academic professional engaged in national and international organizations for therapeutic human-horse interactions as well as equine behavior and welfare.

Molly Jenkins

Associate Editor

Molly A. Jenkins, MSW, is an affiliated faculty member and adjunct professor with the Graduate School of Social Work’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver. She previously served as Research Analyst and Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Specialist for American Humane Association, where she co-managed a national, multi-year study on the effects of animal-assisted intervention (AAI) for children diagnosed with cancer, their parents, and participating therapy dogs. Molly is also the co-editor of the first book to focus on trauma-informed AAIs, including canine- and equine-assisted interventions. In addition to her work at the university, she is currently the Grants and Proposal Development Manager at Anchor Center for Blind Children, and serves on the Boards of Youth and Pet Survivors at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the American Psychological Association’s HAI Section. In 2019, she became the Associate Editor for the Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) Journal.

Molly’s background and primary research interests center on human-animal-environment relationships (or One Health); animal welfare, sentience, and behavior; social and ecological justice; nature-based interventions; and veterinary medicine. She is also a passionate writer and editor, and enjoys building awareness about our remarkable connections with animals through the written word. When not at work, you can find Molly reading short stories, meandering through old Denver neighborhoods, collecting treasures in antique shops, and seeking the affectionate counsel of her two cats, Elayne and Murray.
 

Alexandra Stergiou

Junior Editor

Alexandra holds a PhD from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Medical School of Ioannina, Greece and has also obtained a Master’s degree in the field of Special Educational Needs from the Faculty of Primary Education of the University of Ioannina. She is running her own practice as a Physical Educator since 2009 at the Ioannina Therapeutic Riding Centre. Alexandra is also a further and professional education instructor, registered at the Greek Department of Education in selected modules in the field of Special Education. Her research interest is on the rehabilitation of children with neurological diseases and autism spectrum disorder. She is a peer reviewer in high impact journals in the field. She has taken part in numerous scientific conferences and has served as a member of organizing and scientific boards. Alexandra has attained and announced many oral and poster presentations in congresses and has published numerous articles in international scientific journals in this field.

Kelsey Thacker

Submission Support

Kelsey is a lifelong horsewoman who has been riding and caring for horses for 25 years. She became involved in the field of equine-assisted interventions at the age of 14 when she started volunteering at a therapeutic riding centre near her hometown in the United States. After working at stables and therapeutic riding centres across the US and engaging with a wide variety of people with physical, mental and emotional difficulties, she experienced the profound psychological and emotional benefits that horses can have on humans.
While living in London, she facilitated equine-assisted education and learning programmes and served as an EAGALA certified equine specialist alongside clinical psychologists and psychotherapists in equine-assisted therapy sessions. After moving to Dublin in March 2019, she worked at a large charity running equine-assisted education and work experience programmes for youth at risk and people with special needs.
Academically, she holds a B.A. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Counselling from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in London. She is also a qualified yoga teacher, is enthusiastic about Intelligent Horsemanship methodologies and classical dressage, and has traveled all over the world.

Carlos Ganzabal

HETI Journal – Outreach Co-Ordinator

Carlos is a physical education teacher and riding coach. Carlos’s interest in the field all started about 15 years ago while working and studying in the field of equine therapies (hippotherapy and therapeutic riding). He started as a volunteer and collaborated with different riding centers, to build up his professional career. During which time Carlos had the opportunity to collaborate with different professionals in the field of therapeutic riding including Scientists, Doctors, Educators, Coaches).

Carlos is passionate about playing and learning through out games and finding creative ways to solve challenges . Carlos states that ‘being part of the HETI Journal team as the Outreach coordinator is a thrilling opportunity to encourage scientific research and share with the world about human-equine interactions from all possible paradigms, and bringing the opportunity to develop creative ways of understanding and gaining knowledge in the field.