Broadly, my research focuses on factors that contribute to successful human-dog relationships. I am particularly interested in investigating factors that contribute to dogs being successfully adopted from animal shelters. My research also explores the benefits and costs associated with the dog-human relationship from the perspectives of both humans and dogs. My research interests also include dog-dog relationships. Specifically, I am interested in how dog-human relationships might be affected if more than one dog is living in the household.

My team’s research has been covered in various news articles and blog posts. I have included links to some of these below.

Canisius College. (2014, June 6). “Man’s best friend: What does ‘Fido’s’ behavior say about the relationship between you and your dog?.” ScienceDaily. Retrieved from

Companion Animal Psychology Blog. (2015, August 12). Proof the internet helps cat adoptions. Retrieved from

Greenwood, A. (2015, December 10). Here’s what you need to know about ‘Black Dog Syndrome.’ Retrieved from

Guarino, B. (2014, September 11). Why pit bulls aren’t what you think they are. Retrieved from

Hoffman, C. L. (2014, May 4). Isn’t it a Pitty? USA & UK shelter worker differences in Pit Bull identification. Retrieved from

King, B. J. (2014, July 6). Tropical beach is no paradise for stray dogs. Retrieved from

Todd, Z. (2015, August 12). Proof the internet helps cat adoption. Retrieved from

Todd, Z. (2015, November 4). Large study finds no evidence for “Black Dog Syndrome.” Retrieved from

Yin, S. (2014, March 18). Treat&Train® used in college classroom by animal behavior students. Retrieved from