Dr. Lori Friesen’s Honors & Awards

SSHRC Award (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
for her doctoral research, in which she explored how one class of grade 2 children experienced an animal-assisted literacy program.

California Gold Ribbon Schools as participants of Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed.

Golden Key International Honor Society in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement and excellence.

Doctoral Fellowship Award for her doctoral research

University of Alberta Doctoral Prize of Distinction

Alberta Teachers’ Association Doctoral Fellowship

Virginia Cummings Bursary for Dr. Lori’s dedication and service in her community.

Isaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship

Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award

Chair of Graduate Student Representatives for the Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada.

University of Alberta Ph.D. Recruitment Scholarship.

Co-president of the Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education

Co-president of the Elementary Education Graduate Students’ Association at the University of Alberta,

Chair of the Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education Mentorship Award

University of Alberta Graduate Student Community Service Award


Published Works


The International Journal of Learning

The Alberta Teacher Association Magazine

The Latham Letter (cover story)

The Beginning Teacher’s Handbook for Elementary School (2008, Friesen, Dr. Lori’s published M.Ed. work)

Teaching Compassion: Humane Education in Early Childhood

Focus on Elementary: Association for Childhood Education International

Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta PeTS News

Dr. Lori’s research examining the child-animal bond in reading dog programs has received media attention around the world

Her work in animal-assisted literacy has been published in various peer-reviewed journals and trades, including:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Learning Landscapes
  • Language & Literacy
  • Childhood Education International