Meet the lab! 


Lab  Manager

Katherine McGinn: 

lab_manager_photoI first became involved in the lab as a ROP student in our sister lab, the Canine Cognition Lab at the University of Toronto. I graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Biology: Global Health. I am now the CoCoDev Lab manager at Brown University, and I am very excited to be working on online research studies with children. Outside of work, I like to try new recipes loosely following the instructions, re-learning to play the piano, and re-watching TV series.


​You can reach me at (Brown) or (UoftT).



Graduate Students

Madeline Pelgrim, PhD student: 

I am a first year doctoral student in the Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences Department here at Brown. I completed my Bachelor’s at the University of Toronto where I studied Biology & Psychology. My research focuses on how dogs learn about and interact with the world around them, particularly in their interactions with their human companions.

You can reach me at







Julia Espinosa, PhD student: 

portraitHi! As a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, my research investigates how dogs learn about and navigate their physical environment. This means I spend my days designing interactive food puzzles for dogs to enjoy! I studied neuroscience as an undergraduate and completed a MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare before starting my PhD.  When I’m not hanging out with dogs, I enjoy weight lifting, dancing, and exploring coffee shops.




Research Assistant

Anwyn Gatesy-Davis: 

lab memberHey! I’m Anwyn, and I’m a volunteer research assistant at the Brown Dog Lab. I recently graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Animal Behavior and Psychology. I’m interested in dog social cognition and our (humans’) evolutionary history with dogs. I studied lots of different animals during undergrad–squirrels, dolphins, frogs, and pigs, to name a few–but dogs have always had my heart. I grew up with dogs, and now I have an emotional support corgi named Yoda who is an absolute lovebug!





Toronto Dog Lab Members

Learn about out the members who make up our sister lab, the Canine Cognition Lab at the University of Toronto, by visiting their site: