Research Unleashes New Potential for Therapy Dogs
Senior biology major and Honors student Caitlin McCoy grew up with dogs at her family home in Massachusetts. While a student at NSU, she has temporarily cared for foster dogs in need of homes. When pictures of therapy dogs visiting college campuses began popping up on social media, McCoy envisioned an idea for a research project. She sought advice from Jonathan Banks, Ph.D., assistant professor at the College of Psychology, whose area of expertise includes the effect of stress on cognitive function.