Kristina Pattison


Director of Operations

Kristina Pattison is a founding member of Dog Science, Inc. She has been a member of the University of Kentucky Comparative Cognition Laboratory since 2008.  In 2010, Kristina, Dr. Holly Miller and Dr. Tom Zentall opened the University of Kentucky’s Canine Cognition Laboratory where pet dogs from the community come to help researchers explore the secrets of the canine mind.

After an initial career in the field of banking Kristina worked as a professional dog behavior consultant and as a breeder of champion Belgian Tervuren. Among other degrees, she holds a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky and is currently a doctoral candidate at UK. She is particularly interested in researching dog cognition, and is interested in understanding the black box that we lovingly call the mind of a dog. Her current research interests include canine inhibition and self-control, sub-optimal choice and decision-making, and canine visual cognition. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and has been presented nationally. Kristina lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her human and Tervuren partners (and a few rescued lab rats).


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