New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA


Lecturer, Small Animal Welfare and Behavior, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Areas: Behavior, Companion Animals, Public Health, One Health
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Behavior and welfare of companion animals; One Health and One Welfare with a focus on the impacts of human-animal relationships for both species; animal shelters and the role of community engagement in pet ownership, quality of life in cats and dogs.

Ackerman, R., Watson, B., Serpell, J., Reinhard, C. L., Powell, L. Understanding the Motivations of Foster Caregivers at Animal Shelters Animals 13: , 2023.

Powell, L., Reinhard, C. L., Serpell, J., Watson, B. A survey of veterinary student and veterinarian perceptions of shelter medicine employment Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 50: 27-52, 2023.

Powell, L., Watson, B., Serpell, J. Understanding feline feelings: An investigation of cat owners'' perceptions of problematic cat behaviors Applied Animal Behaviour Science 266: 106025, 2023.

Reinhard, C. L., Powell, L., Watson, B. A retrospective analysis of pre-/post-test scores of students participating in online asynchronous shelter surgery coursework Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 49: 102-108, 2022.

Powell, L., Walsh, M., Reinhard, C. L., Jankowski, K., Watson, B. One Health clinic promotes veterinarian-client trust among underserved pet owners and provides learning opportunities for veterinary students Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 260: 931-939, 2022.

Lundahl, L., Powell, L., Reinhard, C. L., Healey, E., Watson, B. a pilot study examining the experience of veterinary telehealth in an underserved population through a university program integrating veterinary students Front Vet Sci 9: 871928, 2022.

Powell, L., Lavender, T. M., Reinhard, C. L., Watson, B. Pet owners'' perceptions of covid-19, zoonotic disease, and veterinary medicine: the impact of demographic characteristics Vet Sci 9: , 2022.

Powell, L., Lee, B., Reinhard, C. L., Morris, M., Satriale, D., Serpell, J., Watson, B. Returning a shelter dog: the role of owner expectations and dog behavior Animals (Basel) 12: , 2022.

Powell, L., Reinhard, C. L., Satriale, D., Morris, M., Serpell, J., Watson, B. The impact of returning a pet to the shelter on future animal adoptions Scientific Reports 12: 1109, 2022.

Powell, L., Reinhard, C. L., Serpell, J., Watson, B. Workplace relations and opportunities for career development impact the retention of veterinarians in shelter medicine Front Vet Sci 8: 732105, 2021.

Powell, L., Reinhard, C., Satriale, D., Morris, M., Serpell, J., Watson, B. Characterizing unsuccessful animal adoptions: age and breed predict the likelihood of return, reasons for return and post-return outcomes Scientific Reports 11: 8018, 2021.

Powell, L., Houlihan, C., Stone, M., Gitlin, I., Ji, X., Reinhard, C. L., Watson, B. Animal shelters'' response to the COVID-19 pandemic: a pilot survey of 14 shelters in the northeastern United States Animals (Basel) 11: , 2021.

Powell, L., Duffy, D. L., Kruger, K. A., Watson, B., Serpell, J. A. Relinquishing owners underestimate their dog''s behavioral problems: deception or lack of knowledge? Front Vet Sci 8: 734973, 2021.

Powell, L., Edwards, K. M., Bauman, A., McGreevy, P., Podberscek, A., Neilly, B., Sherrington, C., Stamatakis, E. Does dog acquisition improve physical activity, sedentary behaviour and biological markers of cardiometabolic health? Results from a three-arm controlled study BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med 6: e000703, 2020.

Powell, L., Edwards, K. M., Michael, S., McGreevy, P., Bauman, A., Guastella, A. J., Drayton, B., Stamatakis, E. Effects of Human-dog interactions on salivary oxytocin concentrations and heart rate variability: a four-condition cross-over trial Anthrozoos 33: 37-52, 2020.

Powell, L., Stefanovski, D., Siracusa, C., Serpell, J. Owner personality, owner-dog attachment, and canine demographics influence treatment outcomes in canine behavioral medicine cases Front Vet Sci 7: 630931, 2020.

Powell, L., Guastella, A. J., McGreevy, P., Bauman, A., Edwards, K. M., Stamatakis, E. The physiological function of oxytocin in humans and its acute response to human-dog interactions: A review of the literature Journal of Veterinary Behavior-Clinical Applications and Research 30: 25-32, 2019.

Liu, S. X., Powell, L., Chia, D., Russ, T. C., McGreevy, P. D., Bauman, A. E., Edwards, K. M., Stamatakis, E. Is dog ownership associated with mental health? A population study of 68,362 adults living in England Anthrozoos 32: 729-739, 2019.

Powell, L., Edwards, K. M., McGreevy, P., Bauman, A., Podberscek, A., Neilly, B., Sherrington, C., Stamatakis, E. Companion dog acquisition and mental well-being: a community-based three-arm controlled study BMC Public Health 19: 1428, 2019.

Powell, L., Edwards, K. M., Bauman, A., Guastella, A. J., Drayton, B., Stamatakis, E., McGreevy, P. Canine endogenous oxytocin responses to dog-walking and affiliative human-dog interactions Animals 9: , 2019.

Powell, L., Chia, D., McGreevy, P., Podberscek, A. L., Edwards, K. M., Neilly, B., Guastella, A. J., Lee, V., Stamatakis, E. Expectations for dog ownership: Perceived physical, mental and psychosocial health consequences among prospective adopters PloS One 13: e0200276, 2018.

Chia, Debbie, Powell, Lauren, Lee, Vanessa, Haghighi, Marjan Mosalman, Podberscek, Anthony, Ding, Ding, Sherrington, Cathie, Stamatakis, Emmanuel Sociodemographic correlates of prospective dog owners’ intentions to participate in controlled trials of dog ownership and human health BMC Research Notes 11: 1-6, 2018.

PhD (Public Health) University of Sydney, 2020