Dr. Nicole Dorey

Dr. Nicole Dorey

Dr. Dorey is a faculty member at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses in psychology and animal behavior. In addition to her teaching, Nicole is co-founder and director of the Animal Behavior & Welfare Laboratory. The group has published a number of scientific papers on a variety of species, ranging from dogs to tortoises. Her current research interests are twofold. First, to evaluate the use of behavioral choices in improve animal welfare. And secondly, to scientifically investigate different approaches to positive reinforcement to identify the optimal methods.

In addition to being a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB), Dr. Dorey has served as a board member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), consulted on animal research and training at a variety of zoos, and has been an invited speaker to a number of international conferences and workshops. She has written numerous scientific articles and is a co-author of the recent text, “Zoo Animal Learning and Training.”


B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida
B.S. in Zoology, University of Florida
M.S. in Behavioral Analysis, University of North Texas
Ph.D. in Animal Psychology, University of Exeter

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