Kristyn Vitale, PhD
Kristyn Vitale (Shreve), PhD, is a Maddie’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction Lab. Her current research examines the influence of socialization and foster programs on shelter cat stress levels and sociability. This research is made possible by a grant from Maddie’s Fund®, #ThanksToMaddie.
She received her PhD from Oregon State University where her dissertation examined cat social cognition and the influence of kitten training and socialization classes on the human-cat bond. She received a Master’s in Environmental Science from Miami University where her thesis examined social behaviors between free-roaming colony cats. She also served as a Visiting Research Fellow at Kyoto University in Japan where she conducted cross-cultural research into the cat-human bond.
Her research in the OSU HAI Lab has been internationally featured in media outlets such as National Geographic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Time, The New York Times, The Times of London, W Radio Columbia, and Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany). She has worked with cats for over a decade in a variety of contexts including as a Trap Neuter Return volunteer, shelter worker and adoption counselor, photographer, cat trainer, and researcher studying cat behavior.
All photography belongs to Kristyn (unless noted) and was taken throughout her time working with and researching cats.
Contact: Kristyn Vitale, maueyes.catresearch [at] gmail.com