Robin Foster, CHBC, CAAB
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Education: PhD animal behavior (psychology), University of Washington; Dual BS biology and psychology, University of Michigan.
Professional certifications and positions: CHBC (IAABC); CAAB (Animal Behavior Society) and Chair Applied Animal Behavior Committee; Fear Free Professional and Fear Free Speakers Bureau.
My career has included teaching, research, administration, and clinical work. For more than 20 years, I worked as a tenured professor at The University of Puget Sound, serving as psychology department chair and neuroscience co-director, teaching courses in animal behavior, learning, communication and statistics. I retired from full time teaching at Puget Sound in 2012 with the title research professor. I am currently an affiliate professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, where I teach a course in zoo animal behavior. I have also taught several sessions of the six-week IAABC course Resolving Fear Based Behavior in Horses with Lauren Fraser.
My research with horses focuses on learning, behavior, welfare, and human-horse interactions. I also serve as research advisor and doctoral student committee member for two graduate students in applied animal behavior. I have published several articles and regularly present talks at professional conferences and as an invited speaker, and also frequently contribute articles and commentaries for The Horse
As an animal behavior consultant over the past seven years, I regularly see equine and canine behavior clients. I have also served as a legal expert witness.
My professional work spills over into my personal life. I have shown dogs in conformation, worked with and owned thoroughbred racehorses, and managed the English-Western schooling shows and trail obstacle challenges at my local saddle club, the Lake Washington Saddle Club. I live in Seattle with two English setters, a clever rescue cat, two companion horses, and a very patient spouse.