Research Programs

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The research done at Purdue is diverse and driven by the varied interests of our faculty members and students. A few topics that we are or have been working on are:

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  • The effect of robotic animals, particularly the robotic dog Aibo
  • The development of a behavior coding tool for the rigorous evaluation of animal-assisted intervention
    • OHAIRE coding system
    • Collaborators: UC Denver, UC Irvine
    • Populations: Typically Developing Children, Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Children with Attention Deficet Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Goal: standardized tool for wide use in the field
  • The evaluation of the efficiency of Breed-Specific Legislation in the United States
  • Canine Behavior Research at the Purdue Animal Behavior Clinic


Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Habri Central

HABRI Central is an online platform for open research and collaboration into the relationships between humans and animals, specifically companion animals. HABRI Central uses a combination of library resources to facilitate the discovery, access, production, and preservation of human-animal interaction research.

HABRI Central is the result of a joint effort between Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Purdue University Libraries.

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