Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova MS Ph.D is an assistant professor in the University of British Columbia Animal Welfare Program where she and her students systematically explore questions of companion animal well-being and behavior. Her research consists of three general aims: 1) improving animal shelter practices, 2) improving companion animal well-being through the development of behavioral interventions, and 3) improving human-animal interactions for the benefit of both. Dr. Protopopova earned a master’s and a Ph.D in behavior analysis from the University of Florida. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and is a frequent presenter at scientific and professional conferences. Dr. Protopopova spends her days conducting behavioral research, teaching university classes in animal behavior, and cuddling dogs.