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From Home to Habitat: A CCBS Conference on Understanding Animal Behavior

October 5

From Home to Habit Animals Conference

A one-day conference featuring leaders in the field of Behavior Analysis, Animal Cognition, and Animal Behavior to current issues in animal training and care. Topics are important to Behavior Analysts (BCBA-Ds, BCBAs, BCaBAs & RBTs) and other professionals, such as animal trainers, animal care specialists, and animal lovers.

Offered both for in-person or virtual attendance with recordings available for 14 days post-conference.

Christina Alligood, PhD, BCBA-D


Associate Professor of the Practice
Department of Applied Behavioral Science
The University of Kansas

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Christy Alligood is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst whose 20 years of experience spans the science and practice of behavior analysis. She began her career in behavior analysis conducting human operant research on emergent stimulus relations in adults and children. She has also worked in home, school, and clinic settings with children with challenging behavior and their caregivers and teachers, and has supervised students in these areas of practice. For over 14 years, Dr. Alligood has used her expertise in the application of behavior analysis to enhance the welfare of nonhuman animals through cooperative training, environmental enrichment, behavioral problem solving, and behavior change strategies supporting the conservation of wildlife and wild places. At Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment, much of her initial work focused on a multi-faceted conservation program for Key Largo woodrats, which received a Bean Award for Significant Achievement in Captive Breeding from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (2009) and a Federal Challenge Grant (2010) in collaboration with the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge for population monitoring work on Key Largo. More recently she has worked with the Behavioral Husbandry team, where she focuses on projects involving training, enrichment, and animal learning in a wide variety of nonhuman animal species, as well as science communication to both internal staff and the general public.

Dr. Alligood has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in on-ground, online, and hybrid formats. She has taught courses focusing on a variety of topics, including introductory behavior analysis, research methods, radical behaviorism, supervision, and applications of behavior analysis with humans and animals. She maintains a strong interest in designing effective, evidence-based instruction, and has used innovative methods such as interteaching and student-led inquiry in online instruction. She was a 2021 nominee for the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year Award. Outside the higher-education setting, Dr. Alligood has taught professional development courses for behavior analysts and animal professionals. She is an instructor for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums “Environmental Enrichment in Zoos and Aquariums” course, and the creator and instructor of the BehaviorWorks “How Research Works” course.

Dr. Alligood has served in many leadership roles in the Association for Behavior Analysis International, including president of the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group, Coordinator of the Special Interest Groups Board, Co-coordinator of the Applied Animal Behavior program area, and At-large Representative to the Executive Council. She is also a past president and secretary of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis. She is currently a general member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Behavior Advisory Group serving on the Culture Change working group. She sits on the editorial boards of Zoo Biology and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB) In 2022, she was the guest editor of a special issue of JEAB, “Strengthening the Research-Practice Loop in Applied Animal Behavior”. She frequently serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for other behavior-analytic and animal-focused journals, and as a grant reviewer for the Disney Conservation Fund. She has published in both peer-reviewed and popular outlets on topics related to applications of behavior analysis with animals as well as graduate training in behavior analysis. She is also frequently invited to speak at regional, national, and international conferences, and has given over 50 scholarly presentations.

Susan G. Friedman, PhD


Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Utah State University
Founder, Behavior Works

Presenter Bio:

Susan G. Friedman, PhD, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University and owner of Behavior Works Consulting, LLC. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in five veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 17 languages. She teaches seminars and courses on animal learning online (How Behavior Works: Living & Learning with Animals), which has been attended by students from 64 countries so far. Susan consults with zoos and animal organizations around the world and teaches yearly for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Animal Trainer Accreditation program. She was appointed to the Fish & Wildlife Service’s California Condor Recovery Team from 2002 – 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild and is currently the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit. In 2022, Susan was honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. See behaviorworks.org and facebook.com/behaviorworks.

Tim Hackenberg, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Reed College

Presenter Bio:

Tim Hackenberg received a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 1982 and a doctorate in Psychology from Temple University in 1987, under the supervision of Philip Hineline. He held a post-doctoral research position at the Institute for Disabilities Studies at the University of Minnesota with Travis Thompson from 1988-90. He served on the faculty in the Behavior Analysis program at the University of Florida from 1990-2009, and at Reed College, until his retirement in 2022. He serves currently as Editor-in-Chief for Perspectives on Behavior Science, and as an Associate Editor Frontiers in Psychology (Comparative). He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, as President of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, as the Experimental Representative to the ABAI Council, and as the Director of the ABAI Science Board. His major research interests are in the area of behavioral economics and comparative cognition, with a particular emphasis on decision-making, token economies, and social behavior. In work funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, he and his students have developed procedures for cross-species comparisons of complex behavior. He now lives in England with his two dogs and one wife, where he enjoys walking in the forest, and watching the daily drama unfold at the bird feeder in the garden.

Alexandra Kurland

Founder, The Clicker Center

Presenter Bio:

Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior.   She began teaching in the early 1980’s. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse’s balance: physical and emotional.  Helping horses stay sound throughout a long working lifetime is the goal.  The result is beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her first book, “Clicker Training for Your Horse”.  Alexandra teaches clicker training geared to any horse need or sport—including working with foals; developing a gentle and safe riding horse; training advanced performance horses; and working with so-called problem horses.  She has written “The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures” and “The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker”. She has also produced “The Click That Teaches” DVD lesson series and on-line course.  Her most recent book is: “Modern Horse Training, A Constructional Guide to Becoming Your Horse’s Best Friend”.

Together with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia, Alexandra hosts the weekly Equiosity podcast.  Equiosity began in 2018

Prior to covid Alexandra traveled widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe.  More recently most of her teaching is done on line through her Stay At Home-Learn At Home on line clinics.

Websites: theclickercenter.com; theclickercenterblog.com; equiosity.com

Alexandra “Sasha” Protopopova, PhD, CAAB


Associate Professor, Animal Welfare Program
NSERC/BC SPCA Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare
The University of British Columbia

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, PhD, CAAB, is an associate professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia and the NSERC/BC SPCA Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare. Sasha’s research aims are to learn more about dogs, improve animal shelter practices, improve companion animal welfare in shelters, pet homes, and in assistance roles  – all within a One Welfare framework. Recently, Sasha has been shifting her research focus on societal issues within companion animal welfare. Sasha earned an MSc and a PhD in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida with Drs. Clive Wynne and Brian Iwata. She spends her days conducting research, teaching university classes in animal learning and animal sheltering, flying in acroyoga, and cuddling dogs.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Continuing Education opportunities:

BACB® Learning CEs and Psychology CE Credits (Includes Licensed psychologists, school psychologists, and EdDs/educational psychologists)

This is a hybrid in-person and virtual conference. Recordings will be available for 14 days. (For those seeking Psychology CE Credits, there is an additional testing process to be completed for asynchronous/home-study completion.)

BACB®  ETHICS Learning CEUs (6.0 anticipated): The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is an approved Type 2 CE Provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and is authorized to offer 6.0 CE units for this conference. Continuing Education Provider No.: OP-04-0058

Attendees must complete all six presentations in-person, virtually or through recordings available for 14 days post-conference for asynchronous home-study to earn CEs. (Partial credit will not be issued.) An evaluation and code quiz with a 100% score needs to be completed for issuance of continuing education.

APA Approved Sponsor

APA Approved Sponsor

Psychology CE Credits (6.0 anticipated)*: Amego Prepare is a co-sponsor of this conference for Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists. Amego Prepare is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

In case of a complaint, about Psychology CE Credits, contact Amergo Prepare directly through Dr. Michael Weinberg at MWeinberg@amegoinc.org.

Attendees must complete all six presentations in-person, virtually or through home-study* to earn Psychology CE Credits. (Partial credit will not be issued.) An evaluation and code quiz with a 100% score needs to be completed for issuance of continuing education. *If you are completing the conference through recordings for home-study, there is a DIFFERENT process through Amego Prepare for those seeking a certificate for Psychology CE Credits. Contact Michael Weinberg at MWeinberg@amegoinc.org.

It is attendee’s responsibility to check with their State and Professional organization to confirm all CE offerings.

Location - West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, and online

This is a hybrid event with a smaller in-person gathering or a virtual attendance offering. Our in-person event will be held on the beautiful campus of West Virginia University.

For In-Person:

Life Sciences Building
West Virginia University, Downtown Campus (Get Map)

For virtual attendance:

The Zoom meeting link and access information will be sent from behavior.org@gmail.com the week of the conference.  IF you do not receive, email pavlik@behavior.org.




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West Virginia University


Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
(978) 369-2227

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