Cara Miller

Assistant Professor/Summer Internship Supervisor
Human Services and Sciences / Department of Psychology

Cara Miller

Phone Numbers

202-618-6861 (VP)


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Hall Memorial Building S 415

Office Hours

By appointment.

Dr. Cara Miller received her B.A. in Psychology at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University in D.C.. After completing practica at Counseling and Psychological Services centers of Gallaudet and George Mason Universities, Dr. Miller completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling Center at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and went on to complete her post-doctoral fellowship through the University of California Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services in Berkeley, California. A generalist by training, Dr. Miller has worked with college students, young adults, and adults across the lifespan in higher education, counseling center, and inpatient settings.

With a specialty in the psychology of human-animal interaction, Dr. Miller has presented nationally and internationally to assistance dog industry professionals, legislators, trainers, and organizations in the public and private sectors on assistance dog partnerships, disability advocacy, and the human-animal bond. 

Dr. Miller is a core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program, with responsibilities including teaching, research, supervision, and mentoring of graduate students.
Additionally, Dr. Miller serves as the coordinator for campus-wide assistance animal accommodation requests. In this role, she advises on policy, provides training, and supports accommodations in the classroom and in campus housing among University stakeholders with disabilities who use trained service animals and approved emotional support animals.

Dr. Miller has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses for the Department of Psychology as well as Gallaudet's General Studies Program. Currently, she teaches Adult Psychopathology and provides supervision to externship students, in addition to serving as summer internship supervisor.

Courses previously taught for the department include Adult Development and Personality, Clinical Interviewing Skills Lab, Psychology of Death and Dying, and Ethical Evaluations and Actions: Intersections of Psychology, Law, and Ethics. 

In her prior capacity overseeing LGBTQA programs and services on campus from 2014-2018, Dr. Miller has served on the University-wide Transgender Task Force, Sexual Assault Resource/Response Team, and United Front Action Teams providing leadership for University response to bias-related incidents. She maintains ongoing involvement in dialogue efforts as a facilitator through the Gallaudet Dialogue Training Institute, and has participated in Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Organizational Transformation Institutes.

Dr. Miller is a reviewer for journals in the areas of human-animal interaction, and maintains a consulting practice at the intersection of mental health approaches and assistance animal advocacy and education.

Dr. Miller's research interests include multicultural psychology; gender and sexuality; disability and psychosocial identity development; trauma and somatic approaches to post-traumatic growth; grief/bereavement, and human-animal interaction, with particular appreciation for applications among deaf and hard of hearing populations.

She is particularly interested in research and practice in the psychology of human-animal interaction between individuals with disabilities and assistance animals. Her previous research has examined hearing dog (HD)/deaf person partnerships and attitudes among current and prospective HD partners and lay persons in the deaf and hard of hearing communities. 

Additionally, Dr. Miller currently serves as Co-Investigator for the Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center's Deaf Gender and Sexual Minority Project, examining and exploring health outcomes, communication, and health literacy among deaf and hard of hearing LGBTQA+ individuals with diverse identities.


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002