People

Koda licking Jeff

Dr. Jeffrey R. Stevens

Dr. Jeff Stevens

Dr. Stevens is the director of the Canine Cognition and Human Interaction Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota in 2002. He then spent four years as a Ruth L Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. From 2006-2011, he held a research scientist position in the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Dr. Stevens is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and is a faculty member in the Center for Brain, Biology & Behavior. He is interested in the evolution of cognition and decision making in humans and other animals. At the moment, his research focuses on cooperation, intertemporal choice, risky choice, and social contact. He has studied these topics in over a dozen species of primates, birds, fish, and now dogs.

Research team

Billy Lim

Billy Lim

Billy Lim is a PhD student who graduated from the University of Auckland in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology. For his honours thesis, he examined the presence of three signature of jealousy in dogs. Following the completion of his degree, he researched the spatial abilities of fish using movable fish tanks with the Animal Minds Lab at the University of Auckland. Billy is interested in the co-evolutionary history between humans and dogs and how each species has shaped the other’s cognition which he is excited to explore further at CCHIL.

London Wolff

London Wolff

London is a PhD student who graduated with honors in Biology and Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation from Canisius College in 2016. She completed her senior thesis on the affects of the domestication process on dogs’ social cognitive skills. Subsequently she researched decision making with orangutans and dolphins as well as long-tailed macaque social structure at the Indianapolis Zoo. London is interested in exploring how social structure and developmental differences of individuals across and within species impact their decision making processes, specifically looking at impulsivity and risk taking.

Kylie Hughes

Kylie Hughes

Toria Biancalana

Toria Biancalana

Toria is a junior at UNL studying Fisheries and Wildlife with minors in Conservation Biology and Psychology. She has 3 cats all under a year old and they are the light of her life! She enjoys sand volleyball, the outdoors, but she is all for a lazy day watching Disney movies! Her end career goal is to study the interactions between humans and large marine mammals, and to see how we influence each other.

Rose Felice

Rose Felice

Rose is a First-Year Research Experience student from Washington state who plans on majoring in Neuropsychology and dreams of running her own clinic one day. Rose is a huge animal and people person and is passionate about being involved in the psychology clinical world. She is currently studying Spanish as one of her minors and hopes to add possibly zoology or special education to her degree as well.

Megan Herridge

Megan Herridge

Megan is an undergraduate student from Lincoln, Nebraska. She majors in Animal Science while also following the pre-vet track. After graduation, Megan plans on applying to veterinary school. Megan has enjoyed spending time caring for her pets, a dog and a cat, and looks forward to learning more about canine cognition through research.

Maggie Kempf

Maggie Kempf

Maggie is an undergraduate student from Maryville, Missouri and is studying biology and Spanish. She plans to attend medical school after she graduates. Maggie loves animals which includes her two dogs and five ducks. She is excited to learn more about decision making in dogs and dogs’ influence on humans.

McKenna Rezny

McKenna Rezny

McKenna is an undergraduate student from Wilber, Nebraska. She is majoring in Animal Science and plans on attending veterinary school after graduation. McKenna loves animals of all shapes and sizes (except crocodiles) and is excited to apply what she learns about dog cognition and behavior to her future career as a veterinarian.

Destiny Vail

Destiny Vail

Destiny is an undergraduate student from Omaha, Nebraska. She is studying veterinary medicine on the pre-vet track. After graduation, she intends to attend veterinary school and apply canine cognition experience to her future career.

McKenna Yohe

McKenna Yohe

McKenna is an undergraduate student from Etters, Pennsylvania. She majors in Psychology and Veterinary Science and plans to attend Veterinary School. McKenna has enjoyed assisting with research in the Adaptive Decision Making Lab and is excited to keep exploring canine cognition.

Linus

Linus

Linus is London's English shepherd who also acts as a pilot subject in the dog cognition studies and as a dog intervention in the canine-human interaction studies.  He has received his Canine Good Citizen certification.





Former team members

Meredith Batten

Meredith Batten

Megan Bosworth

Megan Bosworth

Haley Hays

Haley Hays

Maddie Mathias

Maddie Mathias

Elise Thayer

Elise Thayer

Koda

Koda