Duke Canine Cognition Center


Co-Director - Dr. Brian Hare

Brian Hare is an associate professor in Evolutionary Anthropology and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (part of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences). He founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group in 2004 after receiving the Sofia Kovalevskaja Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He and the Hominoid Psychology Research Group arrived at Duke in January 2008. In 2009 he started the Duke Canine Cognition Center which is dedicated to the study of dog psychology and the effect of domestication on cognition.

Co-Director - Margaret Gruen

​Margaret Gruen is a veterinarian, and board-certified in Veterinary Behavior through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She have spent the past several years at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and recently completed her PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences with a project focused on quantifying and qualifying chronic pain in cats with naturally-occurring degenerative joint disease. Prior to that, Margaret was part of the NCSU-CVM Behavioral Medicine Service, and treated dogs and cats with behavioral disorders. She is excited to be joining the Hare lab as a post-doc, and will be studying puppy development, as well as using existing data to investigate questions regarding orthopedic disease and performance on cognitive tests. Margaret is always happy to discuss any of her previous work, and any questions about veterinary medicine! 

Research Scientist - Vanessa Woods

Vanessa looks after media inquiries for the Canine Cognition Center. She is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book The Genius of Dogs, and many other great works besides. Vanessa is also the booking agent for her very famous dog, Tassie, who has no particular skills other than finding food under cups.