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 Allison Guffey

Allison Guffey

Project Coordinator

Learn more about Katelynn Burgess

Katelynn Burgess

Project Coordinator

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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Allison Guffey

Allison Guffey

Project Coordinator - K9s for Warriors

Allison joined the OHAIRE Lab as a project coordinator in January of 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Miami and has worked in research and project coordination at the University of Alberta, The Ohio State University, and at a research center in Purdue's Discovery Park. She is currently coordinating Dr. O'Haire's NIH-funded study examining the efficacy of service dogs for veterans with PTSD and their spouses.

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Katelynn Burgess

Katelynn Burgess

Project Coordinator - Canine Assistants

Katelynn is currently the Project Coordinator for Dr. O'Haire's facility dog research study, which is being conducted in collaboration with Canine Assistants. Katelynn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Before joining the OHAIRE Lab, Katelynn was a Project Manager at the University of South Carolina, where she helped lead a clinical research study measuring the prevalence of behavioral and emotional disorders in adolescents. In addition to her work in clinical psychology, Katelynn has research experience in behavioral neuroscience involving transgenic animal models.

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