Open Menu Close Menu Open Search Close Search Open Directory Close Directory

Megan Kiely Mueller

Megan Kiely Mueller
Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor
Senior Fellow, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
Human-animal Interaction


  • PhD - Tufts University (2013)
  • MA - Tufts University (2010)
  • BA - Tufts University (2008)
  1. Spitznagel, M.B., Mueller, M.K., Fraychak, T., Hoffman, A.M., Carlson, M.D. 2019. Validation of an abbreviated instrument to assess veterinary client caregiver burden. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  2. Gee, N.R., Mueller, M.K. 2019. A Systematic Review of Research on Pet Ownership and Animal Interactions among Older Adults. Anthrozoos.
  3. Bures, R., Mueller, M.K., Gee, N. 2019. Measuring human-animal attachment in a large U.S. survey: Two brief measures for children and their primary caregivers. Frontiers in Public Health.
  4. Molter, B., Wayne, A., Mueller, M.K., Gibeley, M., Rosenbaum, M.H. 2019. Current policies and support services for pregnant and parenting veterinary medical students and house officers at United Statesveterinary medical training institutions. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.
  5. Rosenbaum, M.H., Wayne, A.S., Molter, B.L., Mueller, M.K. 2018. Perceptions of support and policies regarding pregnancy, parenting, and family planning during veterinary training at United States veterinary medical training institutions. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  6. Fejfar, L.M., Rozanski, E.A., Mueller, M.K. 2018. Owner-witnessed cardiopulmonary resuscitation in small animal emergency veterinary medicine. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  7. Mueller, M.K., Chubb, S., Wolfus, G., McCobb, E. 2018. Assessment of canine health and preventative care outcomes of a community medicine program. Preventive Veterinary Medicine.
  8. Mueller, M.K., Sween, C., Frank, N., Paradis, M.R. 2018. Survey of human-horse relationships and veterinary care for geriatric horses. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  9. Linder, D.E., Mueller, M.K., Gibbs, D.M., Alper, J.A., Freeman, L.M. 2018. Effects of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Reading Skills and Attitudes in Second Grade Students. Early Childhood Education Journal.
  10. Mueller, M.K., Gee, N.R., Bures, R.M. 2018. Human-animal interaction as a social determinant of health: Descriptive findings from the health and retirement study. BMC Public Health.
  11. Haggerty, J.M., Mueller, M.K. 2017. Animal-assisted Stress Reduction Programs in Higher Education. Innovative Higher Education.
  12. LaVallee, E., Mueller, M.K., McCobb, E. 2017. A Systematic Review of the Literature Addressing Veterinary Care for Underserved Communities. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
  13. Gee, N.R., Mueller, M.K., Curl, A.L. 2017. Human–animal interaction and older adults: An overview. Frontiers in Psychology.
  14. Linder, D.E., Siebens, H.C., Mueller, M.K., Gibbs, D.M., Freeman, L.M. 2017. Animal-assisted interventions: A national survey of health and safety policies in hospitals, eldercare facilities, and therapy animal organizations. American Journal of Infection Control.
  15. Linder, D.E., Mueller, M.K., Debra, G., Siebens, H.C., Freeman, L.M. 2017. The role of veterinary education in safety policies for animal-Assisted therapy and activities in hospitals and nursing homes. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.
  16. Mueller, M.K., Lerner, R.M. 2017. Introduction to Applied Developmental Science spotlight series: Animal assisted interventions in special populations. Applied Developmental Science.
  17. Mueller, M.K., McCullough, L. 2017. Effects of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
  18. McKinney, C., Mueller, M.K., Frank, N. 2015. Effects of Therapeutic Riding on Measures of Stress in Horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.
  19. Geldhof, G.J., Bowers, E.P., Boyd, M.J., Mueller, M.K., Napolitano, C.M., Schmid, K.L., Lerner, J.V., Lerner, R.M. 2014. Creation of short and very short measures of the five Cs of positive youth development. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  20. Mueller, M.K. 2014. The relationship between types of human–animal interaction and attitudes about animals: An exploratory study. Anthrozoos.

General Research Interests

  • Human-animal interaction (HAI)
  • Positive youth development
  • Human-animal interaction and public policy

Selected Research Projects

  • The role of companion animals in military families in promoting health and positive development

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Evidence-based practice in human-animal interaction (HAI)
  • HAI in promoting mental and physical health
  • Empirical evaluation of HAI-based programs and interventions


  • Human-Animal Interaction
  • Research Methods

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Human Animal Interaction (HAI)
  • Child development, human-animal interactions in military families
Professional Organizations
  • International Society for Anthrozoology
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Society for Research in Adolescence
  • Society for the Study of Human Development