Meet the OHAIRE Lab

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Dr. Maggie O'Haire

Associate Professor

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Kerri Rodriguez

Graduate Student

Megan LaFollette

Graduate Student

Learn more about Katelynn Burgess

Katelynn Burgess

Lab Manager

Learn more about Clare Jensen

Clare Jensen

Graduate Student

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Amanda Brown

Research Assistant

Dr. Maggie O'Haire

Dr. Maggie O'Haire

Associate Professor of Human-Animal Interaction

Dr. Marguerite (Maggie) O’Haire is an internationally recognized Fulbright Scholar who is currently an Associate Professor of Human-Animal Interaction in the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. She earned her BA in Psychology from Vassar College in New York and her PhD in Psychology from The University of Queensland in Australia. Her research program focuses on the unique and pervasive ways that humans interact with animals. From research with household pets to highly trained service animals, her findings have been instrumental in evaluating the effects of human-animal interactions. She has received funding from three different NIH institutes (NICHD, NCCIH, NCATS) to fund her human-animal interaction research. Check out an interview with Dr. O’Haire and NIH Medline Plus to see her advice on becoming a human-animal interaction researcher.

Dr. O’Haire’s research topics have included classroom-based, animal-assisted intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder and the effects of service dogs for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and their families. In addition to her peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters, her work has also been highlighted in over 1,000 media stories around the globe, including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Dr. O’Haire has won the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Early Career Award and the Young Alumnae Achievement Award from Vassar College for her exceptional professional achievements. At Purdue, she currently enjoys teaching and mentoring students in her productive human-animal interaction lab.

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Kerri Rodriguez

Kerri Rodriguez

Graduate Student of Human-Animal Interaction

Kerri began her PhD in the OHAIRE lab in August of 2015. She earned her Masters of Research at University of St Andrews in Scotland and her Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology at Duke University in North Carolina. Prior to joining the OHAIRE lab, she was a research coordinator for the Duke Canine Cognition Center at Duke University. Her dissertation focuses on the psychosocial effects of service dogs for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder as well as individuals with disabilities, with research interests in how the human-animal bond is impacted by individual differences in human and dog characteristics.

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Megan LaFollette

Megan LaFollette

Graduate Student of Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Interaction

Megan began her PhD in the OHAIRE and Gaskill labs in May of 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Truman State University in Missouri. Prior to joining the OHAIRE and Gaskill labs, she conducted research on the use of food-based positive reinforcement in horses at Truman State University. Currently, Megan is investigating the impact of tickling in rats on rat welfare and human-animal interactions. Her research interests focus on the impacts of human-animal interactions on animal welfare.

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Katelynn Burgess

Katelynn Burgess

Lab Manager

Katelynn joined the OHAIRE Lab in June of 2017, where she is currently the Lab Manager and the Behavior Coding Coordinator for the OHAIRE Coding System. Katelynn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Prior to her work with the OHAIRE Lab, Katelynn was a Project Manager for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – funded research study, which measured the prevalence of behavioral and emotional disorders among adolescents. Katelynn has worked extensively with both adult and child populations, and takes a special interest in trauma-focused interventions. In addition to her OHAIRE Lab positions, Katelynn is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree.

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Clare Jensen

Clare Jensen

Graduate Student of Human-Animal Interaction

Clare joined the OHAIRE Lab as a project coordinator in January of 2018 and is excited to begin her PhD with the OHAIRE Lab in August of 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Kalamazoo College in Michigan where she conducted research on augmentation of taste aversion learning. After graduating, Clare also spent time time as a project coordinator on a crime reduction study through the University of Michigan School of Public Health. At Purdue, Clare is part of the NIH-funded study focusing on the efficacy of service dogs for military veterans with PTSD, a focus that will build into her upcoming dissertation.

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Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown

Research Assistant

In June 2018 Amanda joined the OHAIRE lab as a Research Assistant. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Certificate in Equine Science. After graduating, Amanda worked as a Research Assistant for STRONG STAR Multidisciplinary Research Consortium and assisted with multiple PTSD treatment research studies involving active duty service members and veterans. Her interests include PTSD treatment and animal assisted interventions. She is excited to join the lab and assist with the NIH funded study involving service dogs for veterans.

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