School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Recent research has suggested that the preferred use of either the right or left hand side of the brain (brain lateralisation) by domestic dogs may influence behavioural issues such as aggression, anxiety and excitability. Greater understanding of lateralised behaviour in dogs and the relationships between lateralisation, personality and problem-solving may lead to advancements in training of these animals for purposes such as service roles for those with disabilities, as well as an increased understanding of animals with anxiety and other behavioural issues. The relationship between the owner’s personality and the dog’s lateralisation, personality and problem-solving ability has not been investigated before and may also lead to advancements in training and treatment of dog behavioural issues.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Research Fellow Telethon Kids Institute 2021 - 2022 Senior Project Manager, Operations Department for Education and Child Development 2018 - 2021 Policy Implementation Officer Department for Education and Child Development 2017 - 2018 Research Coordinator Cancer Council SA
Date Institution name Country Title 2022 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2011 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) 2010 The University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma in Psychology 1994 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Teaching (Junior Primary)
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