Meet the OHAIRE Lab

Learn more about Dr. O'Haire

Dr. Maggie O'Haire

Assistant Professor

Learn more about Dr. Bibbo

Dr. Jessica Bibbo

Post-Doc Research Associate

Learn more about Ms. Rodriguez

Kerri Rodriguez

Graduate Student

Megan LaFollette

Graduate Student

Learn more about Neomie Guerin

Noémie Guérin

Coding Coordinator and Graduate Student

Learn more about Ms. Valiyamattam

Georgitta Valiyamattam

Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Dr. Maggie O'Haire

Dr. Maggie O'Haire

Assistant Professor of Human-Animal Interaction

Dr. Maggie O’Haire is an Assistant Professor of Human-Animal Interaction at Purdue University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vassar College in New York and her PhD in Psychology from The University of Queensland in Australia. She currently leads a program of research within the Center for the Human Animal Bond in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research team focuses on studying the unique and pervasive effects of interactions with animals. Example projects include 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.

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Dr. Jessica Bibbo

Dr. Jessica Bibbo

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Dr. Jessica Bibbo began working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the OHAIRE lab in August of 2016. She earned her Masters of Psychological Science at California State University, Chico and her PhD in Human Environmental Science at the University of Missouri where she was a graduate research assistant at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction. Her areas of research are companion animals within families, as well as the relationships between companion animals and older adults and their informal caregivers.

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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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Noémie Guérin

Noémie Guérin

Behavior Coding Coordinator and Graduate Student of Human-Animal Interaction

Noémie Guérin is currently a Masters student in Human-Animal Interaction and the behavior coding coordinator for the OHAIRE lab. From November 2014 to August 2015 she worked in the OHAIRE lab as a visiting scholar. Previously, she studied Organismal Biology and Animal Behavior at Université de Rennes 1, France, and investigated the behavior of zoo visitors at Paris' Natural History Museum. Noémie is currently working on assessing the validity and reliability of a behavior coding tool developed to characterize the behavior of humans while interacting with animals (the OHAIRE Coding System). She is interested in the effects of animals on human health, especially for children with developmental disorders.

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Georgitta Valiyamattam

Georgitta Valiyamattam

Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Georgitta Valiyamattam is currently a Fulbright scholar in Dr. O’Haire’s lab. She received her Master’s in Psychology from Andhra University, India and subsequently worked with the Indian Council for Social Science Research and the University Grants Commission, India, as a research associate. As a doctoral student at Andhra University, Georgitta works on assessing the efficacy of animal assisted interventions in improving social functioning and face processing in children with autism. At Purdue, Georgitta is working to understand the cultural underpinnings of animal assisted interventions and is also interested in gaining expertise relevant to her project in India.

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