Emily Bray, M.A., Ph.D., CAAB

Assistant Professor
Emily Bray
She, Her, Hers

About Dr. Bray

Dr. Emily Bray is an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her BA in Psychology from Duke University and her PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research, often conducted in collaboration with working dog organizations, focuses on how animals think, behave, and problem solve over their life course. By building a comprehensive understanding of dog behavior and cognition, we can enhance both canine health and welfare and our human-animal interactions.


  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. in Cognitive Psychology and English, Duke University

Research Interests

  • The impact of early maternal care on later cognition, temperament, and life outcomes
  • Developmental and genetic bases of individual differences in dog behavior and cognition, especially as related to and shaped by interactions with humans
  • Age-related cognitive decline
  • Cognitive and behavioral characteristics of successful working dogs