Cara Miller

Coordinator, LGBTQA Program/Assistance Animal Evaluator
LGBTQA Resource Center / Office of Diversity and Equity for Students

Cara Miller

Phone Numbers

202-618-6861 (VP)



Hall Memorial Building S141E

Office Hours

By appointment; please contact by email or through Starfish in Blackboard to make an appointment.

Dr. Cara Miller received her B.A. in Psychology at Wesleyan University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University, with practicum and internship experiences completed at George Mason University and the University of Missouri. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of California Berkeley.

Dr. Miller's academic, research, and professional interests include psychosocial identity development; equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education; disability, gender, and sexuality; trauma, grief, and post-traumatic growth; and anthrozoology, with particular interest in the intersection of human-animal studies, mental health, and disability.

As coordinator of the Gallaudet University LGBTQA Resource Center, a unit of the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students, Dr. Miller leads the development and implementation of comprehensive, year-round Center programming and services including advocacy, information dissemination, training, consultation, outreach, campus support, presentations and workshops, and additional resources. She has received national recognition for her work from the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, for which she served as Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative from 2015-2017. 

Professional and leadership experiences in anthrozoology include tenure as a program mental health consultant, non-profit board member, and chapter president for organizations training assistance dogs for people with disabilities. In a variety of capacities, Dr. Miller has attended and/or presented at conferences for Assistance Dogs International, International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, Courthouse Dogs, the Research Center on Human-Animal Interaction, and International Assistance Dog Partners in Japan.

As an adjunct faculty member for the Gallaudet University Department of Psychology, Dr. Miller has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses for the Department of Psychology as well as Gallaudet's General Studies Program.

Dr. Miller guides and supports the work of the Assistance Animal Accommodations Team through fielding and responding to accommodations requests from students, staff, and faculty with disabilities who are partnered with service animals or who require emotional support animals as a medical accommodation needed to access Gallaudet University housing. Additional responsibilities in this vein include developing and refining relevant campus-wide administrative policies and procedures as well as developing and providing training to the campus community on assistance animals. Please note that all correspondence, instruction, and/or follow-up in this area is issued from (and please should be directed to) the Assistance Animal Accommodations Team point of contact.

  • Committee Member; Gallaudet University Transgender Task Force
  • Core Team Member; Gallaudet University Field House Project
  • Committee Member; Gallaudet University Sexual Assault Resource Team
  • Fellow; Gallaudet Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Organizational Development Institute
  • Facilitator; Gallaudet Dialogue Training Institute
  • Member; American Psychological Association
  • Member; Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
  • Member; International Association of Assistance Dog Partners

Dr. Miller serves as Co-Investigator for the Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center's Deaf Gender and Sexual Minority Project.

Her doctoral dissertation focused on hearing dog partnerships and attitudes among prospective partners and lay persons in the deaf community. Her manuscript, "Relationship between Deaf Identity and D/deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals' Attitudes toward Hearing Dog Use," is available for review on ProQuest.


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002