Awarded Grants 2019

The APDT Foundation is pleased to announce the grantees for the 2019 Dr. R.K. Anderson Grant Cycle

What makes an owner successful in maintaining their dog’s healthy body condition?
Principal Investigators:  Heidi A. Kluess, Ph.D., FACSM, CGC, Tekla Lee-Fowler, DVM, & Danielle Wadsworth, Ph.D.
Institution:  Auburn University

Matching-to-sample abstract-concept learning by dogs
Principal Investigator:  Lucia Lazarowski, Ph.D.
Institution:  Auburn University

Assessment of location-specific behaviors related to adoption
Principal Investigator:  Steven W. Payne, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Institution:  California State University, Fresno

Direct Experimental Assessment of Therapy Dog Handler Behavior on Dog Welfare During AAI
Principal Investigators:  Megan Arant, MS & Alexandra Protopopova, Ph.D.
Institution:  Texas Tech University

Exploring dog working memory and proactive interference in a delayed match to sample task
Principal Investigator:  Adam Davila, BS
Institution:  Auburn University

The Creative Canine:  Investigating the Concept of Creativity in Dogs
Principal Investigator:  Lauren Highfill, Ph.D.
Institution:  Eckerd College


The APDT Foundation is pleased to announce the grantees for the 2018 Dr. R.K. Anderson Grant Cycle

Raport-Building Training as a Method to Decrease Veterinary Visit Anxiety in Canines
Principal Investigators:  Danielle LaBonte & Nicole Dorey, Ph.D., C.A.A.B.
Institution:  University of Florida

Is there a correlation between inhibitory control in puppies and their future job placement in working dogs?
Principal Investigator:  Jennifer Essler, Ph.D.
Institution:  University of Pennsylvania

Investigating links between cognitive bias and social behavior in domestic dogs
Principal Investigator:  Carolyn Loyer, PhC
Institution:  University of Washington

Odor span task in purpose bred detection dogs
Principal Investigator:  Sarah Krichbaum
Institution:  Auburn University


The APDT Foundation is pleased to announce the grantees for the 2017 Dr. R.K. Anderson Grant Cycle

The Efficacy and Conditioning of Attention as a Reinforcer in Animal Shelter
Principal Investigator: Steven W. Payne, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Institution: University of California, Fresno

Effects of training and experience on cognitive abilities dogs
Principal Investigator: Lucia Lazarowski, M.A.
Institution: Auburn University

Improving Training for Canine fMRI
Principal Investigators: Lily R. Strassberg, B.S. & Jeffery S. Katz, Ph.D.
Institution: Auburn University


The APDT Foundation is pleased to announce the grantees for the 2016 Dr. R.K. Anderson Grant Cycle

Measuring the Efficacy of Primary & Second Reinforcers on Behavior Acquisition in Dogs
Principal Investigators: Rachel Gilchrist, Clive D. Wynne & Lisa M. Gunter
Institution: Arizona State University

Examining Heart Rate Variability in the Treatment of Aggression Proposal of APDT Foundation
Principal Investigators: Julia Meyers-Manor, Ph.D. & Kate Anders, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA
Institution: Macalester College

Self-Control in the Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
Principal Investigators: Leslie A. Angel, Ph.D. & Erica Feuerbacher, Ph.D.
Institution: Carroll College

How do dogs learn new tasks? Dogs use flexibly different learning strategies in social learning situations
Principal Investigators: Claudia Fugazza, Ph.D., Eszter Petro & Ádám Miklósi
Institution: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


The APDT Foundation is pleased to announce the grantees for the 2014 Dr. R.K. Anderson Grant Cycle

Breed differences in canine behavioral development
Principal Investigators: Julia Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB and Karen Davis PhD
Institution: University of Tennessee


The APDT Foundation is pleased to announce the grantees for the 2013 Dr. R.K. Anderson Grant Cycle:

Do as I Do – Social learning in dog training
Principal Investigators: Claudia Fugazza & Ádám Miklósi, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Institution: Loránd University, Budapest, MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group

The Truth about Dogs and Cats: Developing an Assessment of Dog Behavior around Cats
Principal Investigator: Christy L. Hoffman, PhD; Co-Investigator: Miranda K. Workman, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA,
Institution: Canisius College

Automated Differential Reinforcement of Not Barking in a Home-Alone Setting: Evaluating a Humane Alternative to the Bark Collar
Principal investigator: Alexandra Protopopova, MS, CPDT-KA, Department of Psychology, Institution: University of Florida


The APDT Foundation is pleased to announce the grantees for the R.K. Anderson 2012 Grant Cycle:

Operant treatment of separation-related problem behaviors
Principal Investigator:
 Erica N. Feuerbacher, MS, CPDT-KA
Institution: University of Florida

Identifying behavioral precursors to play-induced aggression in pet dogs at dog parks
Principal investigator: 
Lindsay R. Mehrkam, MSc
Institution: University of Florida

Do Thundershirts mute arousal in dogs?
Principal Investigator(s):
 Judy C. Songrady, Brian Hare, PhD
Institution: Duke University