clive wynne, phd

Dr. Clive Wynne is Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Director of Research at Wolf Park, Indiana. He was educated at University College London and Edinburgh University in Scotland and has studied animal behavior in Britain, Germany, the U.S. and Australia in species ranging from pigeons to dunnarts (a mouse-sized marsupial). Several years ago he founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab dedicated to the study of dogs and their wild relatives. As well as numerous scientific papers, he has also written for Psychology TodayAmerican Scientist, the New York Times, and other outlets. He is often quoted in print media and radio, and his science has been featured on several TV shows such as National Geographic, Nova ScienceNow and others. He is the author of a textbook Animal Cognition now in a new edition, and former editor in chief of the journal Behavioural Processes. His most recent book is Do Animals Think? (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004).


Alexandra Horowitz, phd

Alexandra Horowitz wants to know what it's like to be a dog. To that end, her Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College conducts research on a wide range of topics, including dog perceptual experience, meta-cognition, and play behavior -- as well as examining the attributions people make to dogs. In her free time, she teaches psychology and creative nonfiction at Barnard and is the author of several books about dogs, including Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (2009), Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell (2016), and editor of Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior (Springer-Verlag, 2014), and the forthcoming Our Dogs, Ourselves (due out September 2019).

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Sheila D'Arpino, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Sheila Segurson D’Arpino completed a residency in animal behavior with a focus on shelter animals in 2005. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2006. Since that time, she has worked as a shelter behavior consultant, at shelters, at university shelter medicine programs and at the Center for Shelter Dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  Currently, she is the director of research for Maddie’s Fund in Pleasanton, CA. 

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monique udell, phd

Dr. Monique Udell is an Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences at Oregon State University, where she directs the Human-Animal Interactions Lab and teaches courses on Animal Behavior, Cognition and Learning. Her work focuses on the development of cross-species interactions and bonds in both wild and domesticated animals, and the impact that these bonds have on the behavior and success of both species. This includes research on human-animal attachment, the influence of social enrichment and training on welfare, and mutually beneficial approaches to animal-assisted therapy. She has a special interest in the social development and behavior of dogs and wolves, however she has also studied the behavior of a variety of other animals including cats, horses, pigs, sheep, and bats. In her free time, you will find her exploring the beauty of Oregon with her husband, daughter and Border Collie.

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erica feuerbacher, phd, bcba-d, cpdt-ka

Dr. Erica Feuerbacher is an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Behavior and Welfare at Virginia Tech. She earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Florida under the advisorship of Dr. Clive Wynne in the UF Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab and her Masters in Behavior Analysis under the advisorship of Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, has attended the San Francisco SPCA Dog Trainer Academy, and has worked as a shelter behaviorist. She has published a variety of scientific articles on her research on learning theory and the dog-human relationship. She has taught Principles of Behavior Analysis, Learning and Cognition, Basic and Advanced Canine Training, Companion Animal Handling, and Research Methods. She has earned awards for her behavior analytic research on dog behavior. Her research interests center on dog-human social interactions, improving shelter dog welfare, and assessing training techniques.



Dr. Lindsay Mehrkam is an applied animal behaviorist, animal welfare scientist, and doctoral-level Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Her primary research interests focus on the benefits of human-animal interaction, enrichment, and training for improving the welfare of both animals and people in society. As the director of the Human & Animal Welfare Collaboratory (HAWC) and the faculty representative for the Six Flags Field Experience Program, her teaching and research programs in applied animal behavior, learning, and well-being have led to grants, publications, workshops, internships, and service learning opportunities in animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, animal sanctuaries, among others. Dr. Mehrkam’s research has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences. She has been recognized through popular media outlets, grants, and scholarly and industry awards, including the Association for Professional Dog Trainers, Maddie’s Fund, and the Animal Behavior Management Alliance.

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nathan hall, phd

Dr. Nathan Hall is an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Science at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Canine Olfaction Research and Education Laboratory in the Department of Animal Science. Dr. Hall earned his PhD at the University of Florida, specializing in the study of Behavior Analysis and canine olfaction. As a post-doc, he continued his studies at Arizona State University investigating the optimization of training to enhance canine’s detection of Homemade Explosives. At Texas Tech, his work continues to explore canine olfactory perception and how experience influences odor perception. His lab also investigates predictors and correlates of problem behavior, behavioral predictors of working aptitude, and canine health. Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters.


alexandra protopopova, PHD, CPDT-KA

Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, MS, PhD, CPDT-KA is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University. The Human-Animal Interaction Lab, directed by Dr. Protopopova, systematically explores questions of companion animal well-being, behavior, and human-animal interactions. Her research aims are 1) to improve the well-being of dogs housed in animal shelters, 2) assess and develop therapy dog programs to benefit human health and educational outcomes, and 3) improve our general understanding of animal behavior. Dr. Protopopova earned an MS and a PhD in Behavior Analysis from University of Florida and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and is a frequent presenter in scientific and professional conferences. Dr. Protopopova spends her days conducting behavioral research, teaching university classes in Animal Shelter Management, and cuddling dogs.

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LIsa gunter, phd, cbcc-ka

Dr. Lisa Gunter is the Maddie's Fund Research Fellow at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology and conducts her research in the Canine Science Collaboratory. She currently leads the Maddie’s Fund Nationwide Fostering Study. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked for nearly a decade with dogs in animal shelters and with pet dogs and their owners. The goal of Lisa's research is to better the lives of dogs. To this aim, she has investigated the breed labeling of shelter dogs, their breed heritage, post-adoption interventions focused on owner retention, temporary fostering, and behavioral indicators of welfare for kenneled dogs. Under the mentorship of Clive Wynne, Lisa earned her Masters in 2015, and her PhD in 2018 as a graduate student in the behavioral neuroscience program at Arizona State University. She has published her research in scientific journals, presented her findings at numerous conferences, and received national and international media attention for her work.


kelsea brown, PhD

Kelsea Brown is a recent graduate of the Animal Science program at Texas Tech University. She studies canine social behaviors, animal welfare within the shelter, and community outreach as it pertains to increasing veterinary services for underserved populations. She is a research analyst with National Canine Research Council, for whom she has curated the open-access research library.