Brown Dog Lab Members

Meet the lab! 


Lab  Manager


Anwyn Gatesy-Davis, lab manager 

I am the lab manager for the Computational Cognitive Development Lab which includes the Brown Dog Lab. I graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Animal Behavior and Psychology. I’m interested in dog social cognition and humans’ evolutionary history with dogs. Outside of work I enjoy reading and going for hikes with my corgi named Yoda.


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Graduate Students

Miriam Ross, Ph.D. student

I am a second-year doctoral student in the Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences department at Brown University. I graduated with my Bachelor’s from Yale University, majoring in Cognitive Science. My current research interests in dog behavior focus on canine intelligence and owners’ perceptions of their dogs. During undergrad, I was fortunate to study theory of mind in wild rhesus monkeys on Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico. Outside of work, I love foraging, rollerblading, biking, and thrifting.








Madeline Pelgrim, Ph.D Candidate

I am a fourth-year doctoral candidate 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

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Undergraduate Students

Justin Lee, volunteer research assistant

Hello! I am Justin Lee, a fourth-year undergraduate student at Brown concentrating in Biology. I’ve been a dog owner for 13 years now, and I’m excited to be involved in canine cognition projects. Some of my hobbies include drawing, dancing, and listening to music!









Lauren Bonner, honors thesis student

I am a third-year undergraduate student at Brown University studying Psychology. I previously worked on a research project developing new pharmacological interventions for alcohol use disorder in teenagers and adults. This is my first semester as part of the Dog Lab and I’m excited to learn about how cognitive development in dogs! Outside of school I volunteer on a suicide hotline, help out with an Animal Behavior course, and enjoy music, fashion, and journaling









Lab Alumni

Julia Espinosa, PhD student

Sarah Zylberfuden, senior thesis student

Samantha Kritzer, independent study student