Texas Tech University

Alexandra Protopopova, PhD

Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Science

Email: a.protopopova@ttu.edu
Phone: (806) 834-2882
Office: Animal and Food Sciences Building, R.219

Ph.D. Behavior Analysis, University of Florida
M.S. Behavior Analysis, University of Florida
B.S. Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.S. Neuroscience, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Because of my interest in community initiatives, I am also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) evaluator.



Gunter, L., Protopopova, A., Hooker, S., Ananian, S. D., & Wynne, C. D. L. (In press). Effects of an owner activity & behavioral intervention on walking activity and return rates of shelter dogs. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.

Protopopova, A., & Gunter, L. (2017). Adoption and relinquishment interventions at the animal shelter: a review.Animal Welfare, 26(1), 35-48.

Protopopova, A., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2016). Judging a shelter dog by its cover: Morphology but not training influences visitor behavior towards kenneled dogs. Anthrozoös, 29(3), 469-487.

Protopopova, A., Kisten, D., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2016). Evaluating a humane alternative to the bark collar: Automated differential reinforcement of not barking in a home-alone setting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 1-10.

Protopopova, A. (2016). Effects of sheltering on physiology, immune function, behavior, and the welfare of dogs. Physiology and Behavior, 159, 95-103.

Protopopova, A., Brandifino, M., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2016). Preference assessments and structured potential adopter-dog interactions increase adoptions. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 176, 87-95.

Protopopova, A., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2015). Improving in-kennel presentation of shelter dogs through response dependent and independent treat delivery. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 1-12.

Hall, N. J., Protopopova, A. & Wynne, C. D. L. (2015). The role of environmental and owner-provided consequences in canine stereotypy and compulsive behavior. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 10(1), 24-35.

Protopopova, A., Mehrkam, R. L., Boggess, M., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2014). In-kennel behavior predicts length of stay in shelter dogs. PLOS One, 9(12), e114319.

Protopopova, A., Hall, N. J. & Wynne, C. D. L. (2014). Association between increased behavioral persistence and stereotypy in the pet dog. Behavioural Processes, 106, 77-81.

Protopopova, A., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2014). Adopter-dog interactions at the shelter: Behavioral and contextual predictors of adoption. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 157, 109-116.

Protopopova, A., Gilmour, A. J., Weiss, R. H., Shen, J. Y., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2012) The effect of social training and other factors on adoptions of shelter dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 142(1), 61-68. 

Edited Chapters

Feuerbacher, E., & Protopopova, A. (2016). Proximate Causes of Animal Cognition. In Olmstead, M. (Ed.), Animal Cognition: Principles, Evolution, and Development. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Hall, N. J., Protopopova, A., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2016). Olfaction in Wild Canids and Russian Canid Hybrids. In Jezierski, T., Ensminger, J., & Papet, L. E (Eds.), Canine olfaction science and law: Advances in forensics, medicine, conservation and environmental remediation. UK: Taylor & Francis.


Human-Animal Interaction Lab