Christy Hoffman

Program Director of AnthrozoologyAssociate Professor

Ph.D. University of Chicago
M.A. University of Chicago
B.S., Biological Psychology & Anthropology, College of William and Mary 2775 Office: HS 225A

Dr. Hoffman’s research examines factors that contribute to the success of humans’ relationships with companion animals, particularly dogs. She is particularly interested in the effects that dogs and humans have on each other’s sleep, the ways multiple dogs in a household engage with each other and their humans, and strategies for improving outcomes for shelter animals. Dr. Hoffman teaches courses on canine behavior and cognition; psychology of the human-animal bond; animal shelters; and research methods in animal behavior and anthrozoology.


  • APDT Foundation
  • Al and Noura Gress Foundation
  • Waltham Foundation
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Fellowship (1F32HD071744-01), declined
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Hoffman, C. L., & Suchak, M. (2017). Dog rivalry impacts following behavior in a decision-making task involving food. Animal Cognition 20: 689-701.

Hoffman, C. L., Workman, M. K., Roberts, N., & Handley, S. (2017). Dogs’ responses to visual, auditory, and olfactory cat-related cues. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 188: 50-58.

Simmons, K. E., & Hoffman, C. L. (2016). Dogs on the move: Factors impacting animal rescue organizations’ decisions to accept dogs from distant locations. Animals 6.

Svoboda, H. J., & Hoffman, C. L. (2015). Investigating the role of coat color, age, sex, and breed on outcomes for dogs at two animal shelters in the United States. Animal Welfare 24: 497-506.

Hoffman, C. L., Harrison, N., Wolff, L., & Westgarth, C. (2014). Is that dog a pit bull? A cross-cultural comparison of perceptions of shelter workers about breed identification. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 17: 322-339.