Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Alumni

Dr Lynna Feng
B.S. Animal Science
Masters of Applied Statistics
PhD Psychological Science

Lynna completed her thesis titled “Questioning the Clicker: Investigating Perceived and Actual Benefits of Clicker Training Companion Dogs” with ARG in 2018. She currently works at Guide Dogs for the Blind in the US, providing evidence-based guidance on colony health and behavioral management, and tackling behavioral challenges in the puppy raising program.

Dr Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere
B.S. Biospsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience
M.S. Biopsychology
PhD Psychological Science

Sarah finished her degree with ARG in 2019. Her thesis focused on whether or not dogs demonstrate susceptibility to geometric visual illusions. She is currently the director of the Thinking Dog Center at Hunter College in New York City. Her research interests include canine cognition, visual perception, social play behaviour, and sheltering.

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.

Alicia Elliott
B.S. Animal and Veterinary Biosciences, BPsychSc (Hons)

Alicia completed her Honours in 2017, focusing on attitudes towards cats and cat ownership behaviours as well as the relationships between cats and their owners. This research informed the Safe Cats, Safe Wildlife campaign launched in 2018 by Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria. Alicia currently works in the mental health care field.

Nina Diamond
Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Psychology)

Nina’s area of interest surrounded pets in the lives of children; specifically whether a companion animal can act as a supplementary attachment figure for children during the adjustment period following parental separation.