Alumni

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Alumni


Dr Kate Mornement
BA in Sociology
BSc(Hons) in Zoology (Animal Behaviour)
PhD in Animal Behaviour

Kate’s PhD thesis “Shelter dogs in Australia: Public perceptions and assessment of behaviour for adoption suitability” involved a review of current practices in Australia, development of a standardised assessment and implementation of the protocol into a shelter to assess reliability and validity. Kate currently consults to pet owners, local government, shelters/pounds and industry on animal behaviour/assessment, training, welfare and management.


Dr Tammie King
BSc(Hons) in Zoology
PhD in Psychology (Animal Behaviour)

Tammie completed a BSc (Hons- Zoology) at the University of Melbourne, measuring fear of novel and startling stimuli in domestic dogs. She also completed a PhD at Monash University investigating what characteristics people consider ideal in pet dogs, along with developing a canine behavioural assessment to measure these desirable characteristics. Tammie currently works as the Technical Leader (Applied Behaviour) for WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, Mars Petcare, based in the UK.

Honours Alumni


Chantelle Connell
BPsychSc (Hons)

Chantelle completed her Honours in 2016, focusing on the psychological benefits that animal interactions offer. Specifically, she explored the relationship between children’s cognitive abilities and the presence and interaction levels of dogs in school environments.


Naomi Hodgens
BASc in Wildlife Biology, Conservation and Park Management
Science Honours
Certificate III Dog Behaviour & Training

Naomi’s studies have focused on monitoring and conservation of Australian wildlife as well as the role of training styles on the relationship between dogs and their owners. Her interest in dog behaviour, training and wildlife conservation has combined into the field of Conservation Detection Dog’s. Naomi works as a trainer with ARG Dog Lab on a conservation detection dog program.


Holly Monaghan
BPsychSc (Hons), GradDip in Rehabilitation Studies

Holly’s research has included investigating the risk and protective factors for compassion fatigue in people who care for animals. She also has a strong interest in animal behaviour and the benefits of companion animals on human mental health. Holly is a registered Counsellor who has worked in occupational rehabilitation and employment services sectors.