Christy Hoffman

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Chicago
M.A. University of Chicago
B.S., Biological Psychology & Anthropology, College of William and Mary

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., Ladha, C., & Wilcox, S. (In press). An actigraphy-based comparison of shelter dog and owned dog activity patterns. Journal of Veterinary Behavior.

Hoffman, C. L., Stutz, K., & Vasilopoulos, T. (2018). An examination of adult women’s sleep quality and sleep routines in relation to pet ownership and bedsharing. Anthrozoos 31: 711-725.

Ladha, C., & Hoffman, C. L. (2018). A combined approach to predicting rest in dogs using accelerometers. Sensors. 18(8): 2649.

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.