Dr. Lisa Gunter
Maddie's Fund Research Fellow
Lisa Gunter, Ph.D., CBCC-KA, is the Maddie's Fund Research Fellow at Arizona State University in the department of psychology and conducts her research in the Canine Science Collaboratory. She currently leads the Maddie’s Fund Nationwide Fostering Study. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked for nearly a decade with dogs in animal shelters and with pet dogs and their owners. The goal of Lisa's research is to better the lives of dogs. To this aim, she has investigated the breed labeling of shelter dogs, their breed heritage, emergency and temporary fostering, short-term outings, behavioral indicators of welfare, housing and dog-to-dog interaction in the shelter, and post-adoption interventions focused on owner retention. Under the mentorship of Clive Wynne, Lisa earned her Ph.D. in 2018 from the behavioral neuroscience program at Arizona State University. She has published her research in scientific journals, presented her findings at numerous conferences, and received national and international media attention for her work.