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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


  • BA, Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • MS, Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Colleen 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, gardening and beekeeping.

Colleen's CV: 

Sara Yousefi 
Master's Student

Sara is interested in exploring interventions to encourage older adults to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior. Sara's current Master's research is examining the impact of dog ownership and dog walking on the physical activity levels, social connectedness, and cognitive health of older adults. Sara’s hobbies are drawing, hiking, biking, and dancing.

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