Amy McCullough, Ph.D.

National Director, Humane Research & Therapy


Dr. Amy McCullough serves as the National Director of Humane Research and Therapy at American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to the protection of both children and animals. Her responsibilities encompass the design and implementation of rigorous research studies to demonstrate the impact of the human-animal bond on both humans and animals. She is the Principal Investigator for the Canines and Childhood Cancer Research study, the Pets in the Classroom study, as well as many more research projects.

Dr. McCullough also promotes animal-assisted therapy nationwide to benefit our nation’s most vulnerable in specialized settings such as children’s hospitals and military family camps. She and her therapy dogs have provided animal-assisted therapy for 14 years to a variety of populations and facilities. In 2013, she and her therapy dog were deployed to Boston on behalf of American Humane to provide comfort to the community in the aftermath of the marathon bombings. She is also the owner/handler of Butler, The Weather Channel Therapy Dog, and conducts service missions to help people who have been impacted by severe weather.

Dr. McCullough holds a master’s degree from Queens University of Charlotte and a doctoral degree from the University of Denver.