Clive Wynne, PhD, is currently 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). At ASU he directs the Canine Science Collaboratory, dedicated to the study of dogs and their wild relatives. As well as numerous scientific papers, he has also written for Psychology Today, American 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 Do Animals Think? (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004) and a textbook Animal Cognition, (Palgrave, 2013) now in a new edition. Dr. Wynne was editor in chief of the journal Behavioural Processes for over a decade.
Monique Udell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences at Oregon State University where she conducts research and teaches courses on animal behavior and cognition, animal learning, behavior modification and animal enrichment. As director of the OSU Human-Animal Interactions Lab, her research has primarily focused on applied animal behavior, human-animal attachment bonds, and the study of evolutionary and lifetime variables contributing to the social cognition and problem solving behavior of dogs, cats, human-socialized wolves and a range of other domesticated and captive animals. In her free time, you will find her exploring the beauty of Oregon with her husband Chet, border collie Ember, and daughter Ava. To find out more visit: www.moniqueudell.com.
Dr. Lindsay Mehrkam is an assistant professor of psychology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey where she directs the Human & Animal Welfare Collaboratory (HAWC). Her research program explores how human interaction influences play, aggression, and stereotypic behavior and best practices for conducting formal evaluations of training and enrichment practices in a variety of animal settings. Her primary research interests in applied animal behavior focus on the benefits of human-animal interaction, enrichment, and training for improving the welfare of captive animals, and especially canines. Lindsay’s research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, humane societies, and animal advocacy organizations. and has been recognized through popular media outlets, grants, and scholarly and industry awards, including the Association for Professional Dog Trainers. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary, Lindsay is a member of the Research & Evaluation Committee for the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) and serves as the Vice President for the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group for the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She is also a doctoral-level Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and provides clinical and in-home behavioral consultations for both exotic and companion animals as well as individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Lindsay received her Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring and photographing the eclectic Jersey Shore with her two rescue dogs Kobe and Ian.
Lisa Gunter, MA is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology and conducts her research under the mentorship of Clive Wynne in the Canine Science Collaboratory. Before beginning her graduate studies, Lisa worked for nearly a decade with dogs both in animal shelters and with pet dogs and their owners. Lisa's research attempts to better understand the influence of breed labels on perceptions of dogs; what breeds and breed mixes are in animal shelters; stress and its impact on the welfare of kenneled dogs; and post-adoption interventions focused on owner retention. She has presented her research at numerous conferences including the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior, the Veterinary Behavior Symposium and the International Society of Anthrozoology.
Charlotte Duranton, MS is an ethologist, currently a PhD student at the University of Aix-Marseille and the AVA Association in France. She specializes in the study of dog-human interactions. As a former dog trainer, she is very interested in dogs’ sensitivity to human communicative cues. She earned a diploma in Human-Animal Interactions at the University of Paris V (France), and a Master degree in Ethology at the University of Paris XIII Sorbonne Cité (France). The aim of her research is to better understand how dogs use human communicative cues to adjust their own behavior, in order to have direct applications enabling people to manage dogs’ behavior as well as to improve dogs’ welfare.
Dr. Sheila D’Arpino is a veterinary behaviorist and the Director of Research for Maddie’s Fund. Sheila was the first veterinarian in the U.S. to complete a behavior specialty training program which focused on the behavior of shelter pets. During her career thus far, Dr. D’Arpino worked in private practice, developed a behavior specialty practice, worked for universities (lead instructor for University of Florida’s online Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare course), and worked for the Center for Shelter Dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. At Maddie’s Fund, Sheila and her team conduct research projects, provide grants that support research that improves lifesaving or the utilization of foster care for dogs and cats, and develop and implement Maddie’s Pet Assistant (a mobile app that supports adopters and foster caregivers).
Erica Feuerbacher, M.S., Ph.D., BCBA-D, CPDT-KA is an Assistant Professor of Anthrozoology at Carroll College in Helena, MT. There she is the canine specialist, leading the program in which students train and foster dogs during the academic year. She earned her Ph.D. 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, 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.
Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, MS, PhD, CPDT-KA is an applied animal behavior scientist 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. Dr. Protopopova spends her days conducting behavioral research, teaching university classes in Animal Behavior and Learning, and cuddling with her bull terrier named Sonya.
Julie Hecht, MSc, wears a number of hats—although only metaphorical ones because real ones flatten her hair. Julie has conducted research on dog behavior, cognition, and common anthropomorphisms with the Family Dog Project at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and with Alexandra Horowitz at Barnard College in NYC. Julie is a PhD student in Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She lectures at Hunter College’s Animal Behavior and Conservation Masters Program and has taught previously at the Anthrozoology Masters program at Canisius College. Find her covering all things canine science at her blog “Dog Spies” on Scientific American and with Mia Cobb at “Do You Believe in Dog?”. She would really like to meet your dog. Find her on Twitter at @DogSpies.
Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA, is the Vice President of Rescue and Welfare for the San Francisco SPCA. Dr. Berger first obtained her veterinary degree in 1991 in Zurich, Switzerland. She moved to Davis, California in 1998, where she completed her residency in veterinary behavior and attained board certification with the American College for Veterinary Behaviorists from UC Davis in 2007. In 2014, she attained board certification from the American College of Animal Welfare. She has been with the SPCA as Director of Behavior Resources where she oversees all aspects of behavior within the Society since 2011. Her advanced training and certifications associated with Board Certified status ensure the highest level of expertise.