Research Programs

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The research done at Purdue is diverse and driven by the varied interests of our faculty members and students. A few topics that we are or have been working on are:

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  • The effect of robotic animals, particularly the robotic dog Aibo
  • The development of a behavior coding tool for the rigorous evaluation of animal-assisted intervention
    • OHAIRE coding system
    • Collaborators: UC Denver, UC Irvine
    • Populations: Typically Developing Children, Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Children with Attention Deficet Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Goal: standardized tool for wide use in the field
  • The evaluation of the efficiency of Breed-Specific Legislation in the United States
  • Canine Behavior Research at the Purdue Animal Behavior Clinic

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research - OHAIRE

OHAIRE is a research group led by Dr. Maggie O'Haire at Purdue University. It includes national and international collaborators, students, and community members working together to conduct rigorous, scientific research on the unique and pervasive effects of interacting with animals. We study many areas of Human-Animal Interaction, including companion animals, service animals, and animal-assisted intervention. Please explore the website to learn more about our work, our people, and our sponsors. Please see the OHAIRE website for more information and opportunities for post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and visiting scholar programs. Make a Donation to OHAIRE Lab.

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