Maggie E. O'Haire

Associate Professor | Human-Animal Interaction

Department of Comparative Pathobiology

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: 765.494.7472

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2014 - PhD | University of Queensland
2008 - BA | Vassar College

Areas of Interest

Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)
Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI)

Selected Publications

– O’Haire, M.* (2010). Companion animals and human health: Benefits, challenges, and the road ahead. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 5(5), 226-234. doi:10.1016/j.jveb.2010.02.002

– O’Haire, M. E.* (2013). Animal-assisted intervention for autism spectrum disorder: A systematic literature review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(7), 1606-1622. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1707-5

– O’Haire, M. E.*, McKenzie, S. J., Beck, A. M., & Slaughter, V. (2013). Social behaviors increase in children with autism in the presence of animals compared to toys. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e57010. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057010

– O’Haire, M. E.*, McKenzie, S. J., McCune, S., & Slaughter, V. (2014). Effects of classroom animal-assisted activities on social functioning in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(3), 162-168. doi:10.1089/acm.2013.0165

– O’Haire, M. E.*, McKenzie, S. J., Beck, A. M., & Slaughter, V. (2015). Animals may act as social buffers: Skin conductance arousal in children with autism spectrum disorder in a social context. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(5), 584-595. doi:10.1002/dev.21310

– O’Haire, M. E.*, Guérin, N. A., & Kirkham, A. C. (2015). Animal-assisted intervention for trauma: A systematic literature review. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1121. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01121

– Abrahamson, K.*, Cai, Y., Richards, E., Cline, K., & O’Haire, M. E. (2016). Perceptions of a hospital-based animal-assisted intervention program: An exploratory study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 25, 150-154. doi:

– O’Haire, M. E.* (2017). Animal-assisted intervention for autism spectrum disorder: A systematic literature review (2012-2015). Applied Developmental Science, 43(7), 1606-1622. doi:

– McCullough, A.*, Jenkins, M. A., Ruehrdanz, A., Gilmer, M. J., Olson, J., Pawar, A., Holley, L., Sierra-Rivera, S., Linder, D., Pichette, D., Grossman, N. J., Hellmen, C., Guérin, N. A. †, & O’Haire, M. E. (2017). Physiological and behavioral effects of animal-assisted interventions on therapy dogs in pediatric oncology settings. Applied Animal Behavior Science. Advance online publication. doi:

– O’Haire, M. E.*, & Rodriguez, K. E. † (2018). Preliminary efficacy of service dogs as a complementary treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in a military population. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(2), 179-188. doi:

– O’Haire, M. E., Bibbo, J. *†, Hoffman, C., Mueller, M., Ng, Z., & Buechner-Maxwell, V. A. (2018). Overview of centers and institutes for human-animal interaction in the United States. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6(Special Edition), 3-22.

– Rodriguez, K. E. †, & O’Haire, M. E. (2018). The effect of a service dog on salivary cortisol awakening response in a military population with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychoneuroendocrinology, 98, 202-210. doi:

– Guérin, N. A. †, Gabriels, R. L., Germone, M. M., Schuck, S. E. B., Traynor, A., Thomas, K. M., McKenzie, S. J., Slaughter, V., & O’Haire, M. E. (2018). Reliability and validity assessment of the Observation of Human-Animal Interaction for Research (OHAIRE) behavior coding tool. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 5. doi:

– Rodriguez, K. E. †, Bibbo, J., & O’Haire, M. E. (2019). The effects of service dogs on psychosocial health and wellbeing for individuals with physical disabilities or chronic conditions. Disability and Rehabilitation. ADD INFO doi:

– Germone, M. M., Gabriels, R. L., Guérin, N. A. †, Pan, Z., Banks, T., & O’Haire, M. E. (2019). Animal-assisted activity improves social behaviors in psychiatrically hospitalized youth with autism. Autism. ADD INFO doi: 10.1177/1362361319827411

– . Bibbo, J., Rodriguez, K.E. †, & O’Haire, M.E. (2019). The impact of service dogs on family members' psychosocial functioning. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(1).

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