I am a fifth year graduate student in clinical psychology at Yale University working with Dr. Alan Kazdin.
My research focuses on human-animal interaction (HAI), with a particular emphasis on understanding the benefits of interactions with animals for human mental health. My dissertation research is evaluating the influence of brief, unstructured interactions with dogs on human stress. Other current projects are looking at possible mechanisms of action for the effects of dogs on human stress, the influence of pet dogs on maternal-child interactions, the influence of dogs on attitudes and perceptions, the role of pet ownership in the lives of individuals with borderline personality disorder, and what it means for someone to be a “dog person.” For more information about my work on human-animal interaction, please visit the Innovative Interactions Lab web page.
Before coming to Yale I earned my B.A. in Child Development and Psychology at Tufts University in Medford, MA. At Tufts I worked with Dr. Ann Easterbrooks and Dr. Richard Lerner.