Dr. Emily Bray Receives 2022 Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award

Dr. Bray holding 3 puppiesDr. Emily Bray, Canine Companions postdoctoral research associate received the 2022 Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award from the University of Arizona Postdoctoral Affairs earlier this week. In addition to her role at Canine Companions, she is also a postdoc at the Arizona Canine Cognition Center in the School of Anthropology. She was nominated by her mentor for her extraordinary contributions to research and mentorship.

Dr. Bray’s research is dedicated to understanding individual differences in dog behavior and cognition, with the aim of identifying proximate mechanisms and developmental processes that influence life outcomes. Her work has made major contributions to the field of comparative psychology and appeared in high impact journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Current Biology. In addition, Dr. Bray’s innovation is manifested not only in her research, but in her mentoring and outreach. She independently seeks opportunities to share her work in local schools and museums and has participated in mentoring programs throughout her graduate and postdoctoral career. In a similar vein, Dr. Bray established an internship program for students at Sonoma State University, which is located near the Canine Companions headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA.

She has certificates in College and University teaching from Penn, and serves as an Alumni volunteer at Duke.

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