Maggie O'Haire, Ph.D.

Maggie O'Haire, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Research
Senior Leadership

About Dr. O'Haire

Dr. Marguerite (Maggie) O’Haire is an internationally recognized Fulbright Scholar and the Associate Dean for Research. She earned her BA in Psychology from Vassar College in New York and her PhD in Psychology from The University of Queensland in Australia. Her research program focuses on the unique and pervasive ways humans interact with animals. From research with household pets to highly trained service animals, her findings have been instrumental in evaluating the effects of human-animal interactions. She has received funding from three different NIH institutes (NICHD, NCCIH, NCATS) to fund her human-animal interaction research. Check out an interview with Dr. O’Haire and NIH Medline Plus to see her advice on becoming a human-animal interaction researcher. 

Dr. O’Haire’s research topics have included classroom-based, animal-assisted intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder and the effects of service dogs on veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and their families. In addition to her peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters, her work has also been highlighted in over 1,000 media stories around the globe, including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Dr. O’Haire has won the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Early Career Award and the Young Alumnae Achievement Award from Vassar College for her exceptional professional achievements. 


  • Ph.D. Psychology
    • University of Queensland, Australia
  • B.A. Psychology
    • Vassar College, New York, United States

Professional Interests

  • Research
    • Human-Animal Interaction
    • Human-Animal Bond
    • Animal-Assisted Intervention
    • Service Animals
    • Dogs
    • Psychology