Robin Foster, PhD, CAAB, CHBC on August 26, 2015
Robin is an IAABC Certified Horse Behavior Consultant and an ABS Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Animals have always been the defining element of Robin’s life and work. She holds a BS in Biology and Psychology and a PhD in Animal Behavior, and for 20 years as a Professor at the University of Puget Sound she taught courses in animal learning, behavior, and communication, behavioral genetics, and research methods. Robin retired from full-time teaching in 2011 to start Adaptive Animals, which offers behavior consulting and training for horses and dogs in the Seattle area. She is currently a Research Professor of Psychology at the University of Puget Sound and Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, as well as Chair of the Applied Animal Behavior Committee for the Animal Behavior Society.
Robin’s research includes work on selection and retention of therapy horses, and on temperament and conflict-related behaviors in horses, and has been published and presented at major scientific conferences. Her current research compares different equine training techniques with the goal of minimizing stress and improving long-term outcomes. Horses play a big role in Robin’s personal life, too. She started riding 50 years ago by falling off a pony named Peanuts, and still saddles up nearly every day for pleasure and health.