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Dr. Maggie O'Haire

Associate Professor

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Kerri Rodriguez

Graduate Student

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Katelynn Burgess

Lab Manager

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Rhea Sparrow

Research Assistant

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Harley Hill

Research Assistant

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Morgan Uebelhor

Research Assistant

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Dr. Maggie O'Haire

Dr. Maggie O’Haire

Project Director
Associate Professor of Human-Animal Interaction

My name is Dr. Maggie O’Haire and I am currently an Associate Professor of Human-Animal Interaction in the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. I earned my BA in Psychology from Vassar College in New York and completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia.

My research program, the Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research (OHAIRE) focuses on the unique ways that humans interact with animals. My previous 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 (PTSD) and their families. As a professor at Purdue University, I enjoy teaching and mentoring students in my lab.

 


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Kerri Rodriguez

Graduate Student

My name is Kerri Rodriguez and I am currently a PhD candidate in the OHAIRE Lab. I earned my BS in Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology from Duke University and my Master of Research degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Before joining the OHAIRE Lab, I was a research coordinator for the Duke Canine Cognition Center at Duke University. My dissertation focuses on the effects of service dogs for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and individuals with disabilities.

 


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Katelynn Burgess

Lab Manager

My name is Katelynn Burgess and I am the Lab Manager and Behavior Coding Coordinator for the OHAIRE Lab. I earned my BA in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Prior to my work at Purdue University, I was a project manager for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – funded research study about children’s mental health. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and yoga. I am very excited to be a part of this important study!

 


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Rhea Sparrow

Research Assistant

My name is Rhea Sparrow and I am a junior at Purdue from Indianapolis, IN. I am pursuing a dual major in Spanish and Brain and Behavioral Sciences. After college I hope to have a career working with kids. When I am not studying, I enjoy hammocking, playing intramural sports, and getting coffee with my friends.

 


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Harley Hill

Research Assistant

Hi, my name is Harley Hill. I am 20 years old and currently a senior at Purdue University. I will graduate in May 2020 and will attend graduate school the following fall. I am currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in Animal Science. My goal is to pursue a career in Animal-Assisted Therapy. My hobbies include reading, watching movies and hanging out with my friends and family. Most importantly, I love dogs and I love helping people.

 


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Morgan Uebelhor

Research Assistant

Hi! My name is Morgan Uebelhor. I am from a small town in Southern Indiana. I am a 3rd year Animal Sciences student at Purdue and look forward to graduating in May 2020 with academic honors. After graduation, my goal is to enter a College of Veterinary Medicine to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. The bond pet owners have with their animals is second to none, and as a primary care veterinarian, I will look forward to fostering those relationships and sharing my passions for animals, people, and medicine. Beyond veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and dogs, as well as coaching gymnastics at a local gymnastics center.

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