Nicole Lorig Passes PhD Candidacy Exam

April 4, 2022
Two women standing on either side of a brown horse, all facing camera, both women smiling

Last week, CHAIRE graduate student Nicole Lorig successfully passed her candidacy exam, officially earning the status of PhD Candidate. Nicole is advised by Dr. Kim Cole in the Department of Animal Sciences, with additional committee members Dr. Lisa Bielke (Department of Animal Sciences), Dr. Kathryn Lenz (Department of Psychology and Neuroscience), Dr. Joseph Guada (College of Social Work), and Dr. Aubrey Fine (Professor Emeritus at California Polytechnic University; Department of Education and Integrative Studies). Nicole's defense presentation, titled "Assessing the Influence of Equine Assisted Services on the Biopsychosocial Well-being of Individuals who have Experienced Trauma and the Well-being of their Equine Partners," discussed her preliminary work to-date and provided an overview of her primary PhD research study. Nicole's PhD work will provide valuable information to understanding the impact of equine assisted services.

Please join us in congratulating Nicole on passing her exam!