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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 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, please visit the Innovative Interactions Lab web page at iilab.yale.edu.