More about Dr. Robin Foster.....
Animals have always been the defining element of my life and work. I have a PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of Washington, and a dual BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Michigan. My professional certifications include Certified Horse Behavior Consultant (CHBC) with the IAABC, board Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) with the Animal Behavior Society, and Certified Fear Free Professional.
I've been riding horses since the age of five. Over the years my practical experience with animals has included working as a full time animal care officer for the Humane Society and as a stable groom and trainer's assistant at Emerald Downs, showing dogs in conformation, and owning and breeding thoroughbred race horses. I am a board member with the Lake Washington Saddle Club and the club's Trail-Obstacle Challenge and English-Western schooling show manager.
As a full a professor at the University of Puget Sound, I conducted research in animal learning and social behavior, and taught courses in Learning & Behavior, Animal Communication, Behavior Genetics, and Research Methods & Applied Statistics. I was also Chair of the Psychology Department, Co-Director of the Neuroscience Program, and Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. I retired from full time teaching in 2011, but am still active in scholarly work.
Currently I teach university courses in equine and zoo animal behavior and welfare, and conduct research looking at how a horse's age and cognitive biases affect learning. I also serve as membership secretary for the International Society for Equitation Science and am past-chair of the Applied Animal Behavior Committee for the Animal Behavior Society.