The Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research and Education (OHAIRE)

Discover how we're advancing the science behind the bond.


The Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research and Education (OHAIRE) is a research group led by Dr. Maggie O'Haire. 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.

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Current Research in Human-Animal Interaction

The OHAIRE Group is a leading voice in several new areas of discovery related to human-animal interaction. Our overarching research examines the possible role of human-animal interaction in enhancing human mental health and wellness. Our current research projects focus on three key areas:

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Facility dogs
coding for HAI
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Why learn about human-animal interaction?

Human-Animal Interaction encompasses many relationships with animals, including companion animals, emotional support animals, working animals, and any kind of Animal-Assisted Intervention. At the OHAIRE lab, we look at both positive and negative aspects of Animal-Assisted Intervention and Human-Animal Interaction. Through this process, we hope to obtain a more comprehensive picture of the unique and pervasive interactions between humans and animals. Our goal is to conduct meaningful, clinically relevant research that enhances the interactions and outcomes for both parties.

Learn more about our areas of focus on essential human-animal interactions.


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We are committed to exploration. Learn more about how we're expanding our knowledge in veterinary medicine.

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Meet the OHAIRE Team

Maggie OHaire

Dr. Maggie O'Haire, Associate Dean for Research

Clara Jensen

Clare Jensen, Post Doctoral Research Associate

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Stephanie Bristol, Post Doctoral Research Associate



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Sarah Leighton

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Joshua Baus

Thanks to our research sponsors

We appreciate the ongoing support for our continuing exploration of human-animal interactions.

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