Philip is a faculty of the Graduate School of Social Work at The University of Denver. He is recognized for expertise in the clinical methods for Animal Assisted Interventions and coordinates the school's Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate program for Master of Social Work (MSW) students, as well as serving as The Executive Director for the Institute for Human-Animal Connection. He received his MSSW degree for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his specialization was the bio-affiliative connection between people and animals. His scholarship, clinical expertise and teaching focus on vulnerable populations, animal-assisted interventions, human-animal interaction, human ecology, environmental social work, wildlife and companion animal welfare, and conservation and international perspectives on one-health.
He is internationally recognized for research, scholarship, training, and practice focused on human-animal interaction with a focus on both the therapeutic potential of animal’s in human health, the ethics of human-animal interaction as well as public safety and public health risk factors associated with cruelty and violence.