Maggie E. O'Haire, PhD

Research Interests

Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)
Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI)

Selected Publications

  • O’Haire, M. E., & Rodriguez, K. E. (2018). Preliminary efficacy of service dogs as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in a military population. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(2), 179-188. doi:

  • Abrahamson, K., Cai, Y., Richards, E., Cline, K., & O’Haire, M. E. (2016) Perceptions of a hospital-based animal assisted intervention program: An exploratory study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 25, 150-154. doi:

  • Chung, D., Choe, J., O’Haire, M., Schwichtenberg, A. J., & Delp, E. J. (2016). Improving video-based heart rate estimation. Electronic Imaging, XIV(19), 1-6. doi: COIMG-159

  • O’Haire, M. E.*, Guérin, N. A., & Kirkham, A. C. (2015). Animal-assisted intervention for trauma: A systematic literature review. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1121. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01121

  • O’Haire, M. E.*, McKenzie, S. J., Beck, A. M., & Slaughter, V. (2015). Animals may act as social buffers: Skin conductance arousal in children with autism spectrum disorder in a social context. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(5), 584-595. doi:10.1002/dev.21310

  • O’Haire, M. E.*, McKenzie, S. J., McCune, S., & Slaughter, V. (2014). Effects of classroom animal-assisted activities on social functioning in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(3), 162-168. doi:10.1089/acm.2013.0165

  • O’Haire, M. E.* (2013). Animal-assisted intervention for autism spectrum disorder: A systematic literature review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(7), 1606-1622. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1707-5

  • O’Haire, M. E.* (2013). Review of current evidence and future directions in animal-assisted intervention for children with autism. Open Access Autism, 1(1), 6-10.

  • O’Haire, M. E.*, McKenzie, S. J., Beck, A. M., & Slaughter, V. (2013). Social behaviors increase in children with autism in the presence of animals compared to toys. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e57010. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057010

  • O’Haire, M. E.*, McKenzie, S. J., McCune, S., & Slaughter, V. (2013). Effects of animal-assisted activities with guinea pigs in the primary school classroom. Anthrozoös: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals, 26(3), 445-458. doi:10.2752/175303713X13697429463835

  • O’Haire, M.* (2010). Companion animals and human health: Benefits, challenges, and the road ahead. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 5(5), 226-234. doi:10.1016/j.jveb.2010.02.002


  • 2014, Ph.D., University of Queensland

  • 2008, B.A., Vassar College

Maggie O'Haire
Assistant Professor of Human-Animal Interaction
HDFS Courtesy Appointment

Faculty Associate:
   Center for Human-Animal Bond
   Center for Animal Welfare Science

(PhD, University of Queensland)

Department of Comparative Pathobiology
College of Veterinary Medicine
Lynn Hall
Purdue University
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