BA, MA, PhD
I completed my PhD at Monash University in 2013 under the supervision of A/Prof Pauleen Bennett. My PhD thesis focused on different ways to measure cognitive processing in dogs, including owner surveys, behavioural studies, and EEG investigations using a minimally-invasive technique with pet dogs.
Since graduation, I have continued to work within the ARG at La Trobe University as a postdoctoral researcher. My main research interests are dog behaviour and cognition, human-animal relationships, and animal welfare. I have been part of a wide range of different projects, including: working with the Australian state of Victoria’s government to understand how pet owners of many animal species attempt to meet their pet’s welfare needs; developing a scientifically-validated protocol to train pet dogs to act as diabetes alert dogs, funded by a philanthropic organisation; and, working with racing greyhound organisations to better understand socialisation and training practices within the industry, and whether predatory behaviour, a barrier to adoption as a pet after the racing career ends, can be stopped. Other recent projects include a study with the Australian National Disability Insurance Agency to review the effectiveness of assistance animals for owners with disability, and a project funded by Centre Against Violence to study whether the use of dogs in legal and therapeutic contexts can provide support to survivors of sexual and family violence.