Duke Canine Cognition Center

Alumni

Hare Lab Alumni

Ph.D. Students

Dr. Christopher Krupenye (Class of '16)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Chris researches developmental and comparative psychology with a special interest in the theory of mind in great apes and other primates.

Dr. Evan MacLean (Class of '12)

Assistant Professor at University of Arizona. Evan was also a former postdoctoral fellow and co-director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center.  He continues his work investigating what makes the human mind unique, and broader evolutionary questions regarding the proximate mechanisms and functional significance of cognition. 

Dr. Alexandra Rosati (Class of '12)

Assistant Professor at University of Michigan. Alex's research focuses on how ecology shapes behavioral strategies and psychological abilities in primates, including lemurs, chimpanzees and bonobos.

Lab Managers

Ben Allen (Class of '16)

Education Fellow at Population Connection. Ben worked with different adult dog populations as an undergraduate with the lab. For his thesis, titled "Comparison of temperament and social cognition in juvenile dogs and wolves", Ben studied the differences between dog and wolf puppies.  After graduating, Ben worked as the lab coordinator in the Hare Lab for one year before moving to D.C. to work with Population Connection.

Kerri Rodriguez (Class of '13, Lab Manager '13-'15)

Graduate Student at Purdue University. Kerri was one of the first and foremost experimentalists at the DCCC, developing and implementing our cognitive testing battery on dogs and captive wolves alike. Her research now focuses on the psychosocial effects of service dogs for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Kate Almon (Lab Manager '14-'15)

Guide Dogs for the Blind. Kate is now a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, applying her experiences and knowledge of dog cognition to help train wonderful service dogs.

Sophia Laderman (Lab Manager '13-'14)

Sophie applied her background in psychology and marine science to cognition research with dogs. She worked with pet, military, and service dogs alike.

Rachna Reddy (Class of '12, Lab Manager '12-'13)

Graduate Student at University of Michigan with Dr. John Mitani. Rachna's research focuses on cognition and social relationships in primates, and she completed a senior thesis called, "Do red ruffed lemurs yawn contagiously?" She also worked with pet dogs who visited the DCCC for testing.

Alyxandra Reinhardt (Lab Manager '12-'14)

Veterinary Student at North Carolina State University. Alyx played an essential role in developing the Dog Cognition Test Battery while working with military, service, and pet dogs.

Judy Songrady (Lab Manager '12-'13)

Veterinary Student at Szent István University. In addition to helping with military and pet dog projects, Judy was interested in bonobos and great ape conservation.

Kara Leimberger (Class of '11, Lab Manager '12-'13)

Graduate Student at University of Texas at Austin with Dr. Rebecca Lewis. Her research interests broadly include cooperation, group coordination, and social cognition. Given that most primates face uncertain futures, she is also very involved with conservation and science outreach.

Thesis Students

 
Laura Lewis (Class of '16)

Graduate student at Harvard University with Alexandra Rosati. She is interested in understanding the evolution of human social cognition, with a particular interest in risk behavior adaptations that may have evolved in response to pressures from varying social environments.

Ben Allen (Class of '16)

Education Fellow at Population Connection. Ben worked with different adult dog populations as an undergraduate with the lab. For his thesis, titled "Comparison of temperament and social cognition in juvenile dogs and wolves", Ben studied the differences between dog and wolf puppies.  After graduating, Ben worked as the lab coordinator in the Hare Lab for one year before moving to D.C. to work with Population Connection.

Emma Blumstein (Class of '14)

Emma spent two summers testing service dogs at Canine Compaions for Independence headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA. As a seinor thesis student, Emma continued her work with dogs through her project, "Attention deficits: The effects of a human face on canine transposition tasks."

Emily Bray (Class of '12)

Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Arizona with Dr. Evan MacLean. As a thesis student, Emily studied, "Context specificity of inhibitory control in dogs." She also studied the relationship between emotional arousal and inhibitory control in dogs by spending time with service and pet dogs.

Katie Patellos (Class of '11)

Veterinary Student at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Katie's senior thesis project was titled, "Trust formation in domestic dogs: Effect of short term interaction on comprehension of communicative gestures."