Dr. Katie Potter, Lab Director


  • BA, Psychology, SUNY New Paltz

  • MS, Kinesiology, UNC Greensboro

  • PhD, Exercise science, University of South Carolina

  • Postdoc, Cardiovascular behavioral medicine, The Miriam Hospital/Brown Medical School


Research Interests:

  • Exercise motivation and adherence

  • Stealth health interventions

  • Physical and psychosocial benefits of the human-dog bond

  • Mental and cognitive benefits of physical activity and exercise

Affiliations: American College of Sports Medicine, Society of Behavioral Medicine

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Colleen Chase, PhD Student

Colleen is a PhD student who completed both her BS and MS in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is passionate about finding ways to help others increase physical activity engagement, adherence and enjoyment - in particular when coupled with the benefits of the human-animal bond and being in nature. Outside of the laboratory, Colleen loves trail running, hiking, and gardening

Caroline Garvey, MS Student


• B.S Kinesiology UMass Amherst 

Research Interests:

• Human/animal relationships and it’s effect on physical activity and mental health 

• Physical activity effects on adults with ADHD 

Grace McCarthy, Undergrad Student
  • Grace is a biology major minoring in psychology. Her interests and hobbies are being a Boston sports fan, baking, and meeting as many dogs as possible!​

Dr. Laura B. Balzer, Biostatistician
  • Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst 



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