Monique A. R. Udell, PhD

Assistant Professor

Oregon State University



University of Florida

    Ph. D. Psychology, 2011

    M. S. Psychology, 2008

Stetson University 

    B. S. Biology, 2005

    B. S. Psychology, 2005

Huffington Post

June 2011

Although my love for animals and nature began early in life, it was during my training as a biology/psychology double major at Stetson University that I developed a formal interest in the social behavior of animals. As an undergraduate student I had several opportunities to design and conduct research firsthand.  These experiences not only confirmed my ambition to pursue a career in animal behavior, but resulted in an ongoing desire to teach and mentor others in research.

In 2006 I co-founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab at the University of Florida where I studied with Dr. Clive D. L. Wynne and earned my M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Psychology. My research has primarily focused on the development & flexibility of social behavior in canines and human-animal interactions. One goal has been to better understand lifetime factors that facilitate social bonds between humans and other species.

Currently I am an Assistant Professor of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University, located in Corvallis OR. Prior to this post, I held positions at the University of Oregon, Flagler College, and University of Florida, conducting research and teaching a wide range of courses related to psychology and animal behavior. I also teach a Canine Cognition course and moderate a monthly lecture series with E-Training for Dogs.

While much of my recent work has centered around the behavior of dogs and wolves, my interests extend to a broad range of species. In addition to research, I am an animal trainer and have served as an animal behavior consultant to pet owners, zoos, and lawyers. As a result, I have worked with a variety of animals including domesticated and wild cats, horses, megachiropteran bats, coyotes, foxes, mice, birds and non-human primates.

I currently live in Eugene Oregon with my husband Chester Udell, who is a composer and sound engineer, and my Border Collie Ember.


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