Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, MS, CPDT-KA is an applied animal behavior scientist. The goal of her research is to increase adoptions, and decrease euthanasia and return rates in animal shelters through the development of targeted training programs. Other research includes decreasing problem behavior in pet dogs, as well as studying pet dogs as animal models for human psychological disorders. Sasha’s research has been presented in numerous scientific conferences and published in a peer-reviewed journals. Sasha holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Veterinary and Animal Sciences and Neuroscience from UMass Amherst, a Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis, and is working toward her PhD in Behavior Analysis at the University of Florida. Sasha spends her day conducting behavioral research, teaching undergraduate classes in Behavior Analysis and Animal Behavior, mentoring veterinary students in behavioral research methods, and cuddling with her adopted bull terrier named Sonya.
Recorded OnDemand lecture – Ethology and Canine Behavior Lecture: Science and the Shelter Dog: How Do We Improve Adoption?