Alumni

Kate Ford

Kate Ford

Kate is a junior psych major from Oak Lawn, IL, and she is a friend of all members of the animal kingdom. She especially loves dogs and dreams of one day owning her own pug or bulldog (or both). She hopes to one day enter a PhD program for canine cognition so she can research cognitive therapy for canine mental illnesses and social cognition of dogs with humans, other dogs and other domesticated animals. After that, she hopes to become a professor of animal behavior and cognition.

Ethan Fischer

Ethan Fischer

Ethan is a senior psychology major who is into cognitive psychology - especially biases, attention and memory, and unconscious processes. He's from Quincy, Illinois. He is currently exploring cognitive dissonance in dogs. He is planning to pursue a PhD in cognitive science. Oh, he's also interested in computer programming and composing music.

Kiri Stauch

Kiri Stauch

Kiri is a senior psychology and anthropology double major who resides in Elgin, Illinois when she is not at Illinois Wesleyan. Her research interests include social cognition in dogs and non-human primates. Some of the research topics that she is interested in include: biases, intentions, and fairness. In her free time she loves to run, read, and volunteer. She is excited to collaborate with Dr. Furlong on her Independent Study, which is on social cognition in domestic dogs.

Steph AuBuchon

Steph AuBuchon

Stephanie is a junior at IWU, who is from Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She is interested in pursuing a career in research in Clinical, Cognitive, or Social psychology. Her dream job is to teach, and do research at a liberal arts university, or work in clinics with teenage girls. She's excited for her future and the work she will accomplish while working with Dr. Furlong and her lab!

Jessica Kraut

Jessica Kraut

Jessica is a sophomore from Frankfort, Illinois. She is majoring in biology and minoring in psychology. Her dream would be to study animal behavior in exotic animals like monkeys or big cats. She hopes that one day her research can aid in the conservation of these species. This is her first research experience and she is very excited to work with Dr. Furlong and other fellow students on impulsivity in dogs. She hopes study elephant cognition in the future.

Natalie Weimer

Natalie Weimer

Natalie is a sophomore from Lisle, Illinois. Her psychological curiosities include clinical, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, with specific areas of interest being attention, anxiety, consciousness and memory. Her dream career is to be a researcher, so she joined Dr. Furlong's lab to gain experience working with animals. Outside of psychology, she enjoys writing, watching Netflix and cats.

Miles Umansky

Miles Umansky

Miles is a junior from Vernon Hills, Illinois. She is a Biology major, Psychology minor, and hopes to go to grad school to get her Master's in Occupational Therapy after graduating from Wesleyan. She has a passion for both science and animals, which isn't surprising considering her very first word was "dog." In high school she worked as a kennel assistant at an animal hospital near her house, and she also has a Golden Retriever named Harley (who she misses a ton while at school).

Jenny Knowles

Jenny Knowles

Jenny is a junior from Lindenhurst, Illinois. She is a psychology major in hopes of going to grad school for OT. Along with her major, she has a double minor in hispanic studies and mathematics. She began research in the social cognition field of psychology this year with Dr. Furlong and hopes to continue throughout her senior year.

Jeff Toraason

Jeff Toraason

Jeff Toraason is a Junior biology major with a pre-veterinary focus at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is a captain of the Illinois Wesleyan track and field team and enjoys studying a wide variety of animals.

Val Mack

Val Mack

Val is a junior from La Grange, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. She is interested in people’s decision making processes as they apply to the effectiveness of marketing and advertising as well as the ways psychology can be applied to businesses to enhance productivity. She is excited to be researching decision making in animals (mainly dogs) as a first step towards these goals and to be working with Dr. Furlong.

Melissa Fuesting

Melissa Fuesting

Melissa is our first alum! She is not studying social psychology at Miami of Ohio. We are very proud of her and miss her every day!

Current Opportunities

Due to COVID-19 we are not currently running any studies. Check back soon! 

- Numerical Reasoning

Dr. Furlong will be teaching a (mostly) asynchronous summer course on dog cognition. If you are interested in hearing more, please contact us!- Numerical Reasoning

Interested in Learning more about dog cognition? Check out Dr. Furlong's audiobook! 

Interested in learning more about dogs?

Check out Dr. Furlong's audiobook on dog cognition! - Numerical Reasoning

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ADDRESS

Illinois Wesleyan University

Shaw Hall

1312 N. Park St.

Bloomington, IL

 

E-Mail: dogscience@iwu.edu 
Tel (Info):  (309) 556-3415

Tel (Lab):  (309) 556-3821

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