Where compassion for animals meets practical, scientific solutions.
CAWS Director: Candace Croney, Ph.D.
- Alan Beck, Director, Center for the Human-Animal Bond
- Nancy Edwards, Associate Professor of Nursing and Director, AGNP Program
- Bill Muir, Professor of Animal Sciences
- Tracy Vemulapalli, Clinical Assistant Professor in Comparative Pathobiology
- Nicole Widmar, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics
Scientists with the USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit are Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences.
Director, Center for the Human-Animal Bond
Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology
Research Interests: Human-animal bond; urban animal ecology; animal companionship; the effects of animal use for therapy.
Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science
Associate Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-being
Research Interests: interactions between animal behavior, cognition and well-being; the effects of rearing environments and enrichment on animal behavior and welfare; the ethical implications of animal care and use decisions; public perceptions of animal agriculture.
Assistant Professor of Animal Welfare in Comparative Pathobiology
Research Interests: laboratory animal welfare.
Professor, Large Animal Medicine
Faculty Advisor for PVM-PetSafe
Research Interests: equine endocrinology and equine geriatric medicine; the welfare implications of chronic laminitis and other lameness in horses
Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences
Research Interests: understanding social interactions in commercially housed poultry; understanding the effects of an animal's physical and social environment on its behavior and welfare; and development of valid and reliable measures of welfare
Professor of Animal Sciences
Research Interests: breeding and genetics; poultry; aquaculture; developing genetic methods to improve adaptability, stress resistance, and animal well-being
Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior
Research Interests: pursuing mental health and well-being in companion animals; translational research between the human psychiatric field and veterinary behavior.
Assistant Professor of Human-Animal Interaction in Comparative Pathobiology
Research Interests: animal-assisted intervention; human-animal interaction in populations such as children with autism, ADHD, cancer, and the general population; www.humananimalinteraction.org
Clinical Assistant Professor in Comparative Pathobiology
Director, The Indiana Graduate Training/Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine
Research Interests: refining selective neuromuscular blockade for therapeutic and cosmetic applications; collaborative research in the area of infectious disease (rodent models); refinement of laboratory animal housing, husbandry, and enrichment (multiple species); refinement of animal models of human diseases.
Assistant Professor of Clinical/Analytical Epidemiology
Research Interests: epidemiologic methods and their applications to human-animal interaction studies and animal welfare sciences
Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics
Research Interests: farm business management; on-farm decisions making; integrating consumer demand for livestock housing and handling practices into production decisions; Center for Food and Agricultural Business
B.S. in Mathematics, St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Research Assistant and Masters Student, Agricultural Economics
Research Interests: agribusiness; applied research related to the impacts of management decisions, marketing, and consumer preferences
B.S. in Bioengineering, Shanghai University
Masters Student, Animal Sciences
Advisor: Heng-wei Cheng
Research Interests: effects of different diets and environments on the poultry welfare
Degree in Agricultural Engineering, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
MS, University of Kentucky
Ph.D. Student, Animal Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Jeremy Marchant-Forde
Research Interests: animal welfare in swine production, welfare of sows and piglets in farrowing systems
Judi Stella, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dr. Croney Lab
B.S. in Animal Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University
Research Interests: environmental factors that affect the behavior and welfare of companion animals; the impact of the quality of human-animal interactions on animal welfare; how societal perceptions of animals affect the human-animal bond and relinquishment or abandonment of companion animals; housing environment on cat behavior; cognitive abilities of piglets
BS, Zhejiang University
Ph.D. Student, Animal Sciences
Research Interests: Osteoporosis in egg laying hens strains of chickens, the effect of mechanical loading on skeletal mineralization and integrity in egg laying strains of chickens