Alexandra Protopopova

Alexandra Protopopova

Assistant Professor, Animal Welfare Program

NSERC/BC SPCA Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare


MacMillan 193, 2357 Main Mall

UBC Animal Welfare Program


PhD in Behavior Analysis, University of Florida

MS in Behavior Analysis, University of Florida

BS in Pre-Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

BS in Neuroscience, University of Massachusetts Amherst

My research aims are to (1) improve animal shelter practices, (2) improve companion animal welfare through the development of behavioural interventions in shelters as well as pet homes, and (3) assess and improve on the well-being of dogs working in assistance roles.

Please visit Dr. Protopopova’s Google Scholar page for a full list of publications.

Protopopova, A., Matter, A., Harris, B., Wiskow, K., Donaldson, J. (In press). Comparison of contingent and non-contingent access to therapy dogs during academic tasks in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Andrukonis, A. & Protopopova, A. (In press). Occupational health of animal shelter employees by live release rate, shelter type, and euthanasia-related decision. Anthrozoos.

Protopopova, A., Hauser, H, Goldman, K, & Wynne, C. D. L. (2018). The effects of exercise and calm interactions on in-kennel behavior of shelter dogs. Behavioral Processes, 146, 54-60.

Gunter, L., Protopopova, A., Hooker, S., Ananian, S. D., & Wynne, C. D. L. (2017). Effects of an owner activity & behavioral intervention on walking activity and return rates of shelter dogs. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 20(4), 357-371.

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