Kathryn Kalafut



Kathryn Kalafut

Department Faculty

Applied Behavior Analysis
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Phone
Email [email protected]

My research interests span both experimental and applied realms. My current research is in collaboration with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden where, through research, we work to create environments that allow for animals to behave as naturally as possible and enhance their welfare. I am also very interested in how technological innovations (such as microcontrollers, radio frequency identification, etc.) can be used to aid in data collection and behavior modification. I tend to build my own equipment that allows for automated, systematic data collection in non-traditional environments, where much of my research takes place.

I am currently serving as President of the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group, a group through the Association of Behavior Analysis International. I also sit on the board of directors for the National Applied Animal Behaviorists.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ph.D Brown University, Providence RI 2014
M.S University of North Texas, Denton TX 2009
B.A Indiana University, Bloomington IN 2005
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Chair of Education National Association of Animal Behaviorists
President Applied Animal Behavior special interest group of the Association of Behavior Analysis International
Member Association for Behavior Analysis International
Board Certification in Behavior Analysis
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Consultant Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Psychology Subdisciplines - Applied Behavior Analysis
Research Design/Methodology Quantitative Inquiry
Title Location Date
Activity tracking and bumblefoot in penguins Medford, MA 2017
Using radio frequency identification (RF-ID) tags to measure swimming behavior in Little Blue Penguins (Eudyptula minor). Denver, CO 2017
Effects of multiple DRL intervals on human performance. San Antonio, TX 2015
Brief stimuli as context Minneapolis, MN 2013
The quantification of overexpectation Minneapolis, MN 2013

Kalafut, K. L., & Church, R. M. (2017). Quantification of behavior in the presence of compound stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 43 (1), 96-108.

Kalafut, K. L., & Church, R. M (2014). Brief stimuli as context. Behavioral Processes, 104 , 65-71.

Kalafut, K. L., Freestone, D. M., MacInnis, M. L. M., & Church, R. M. (2014). Integrating timing and conditioning approaches to study behavior. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 40 (4), 431-439.

Media Exposure

Huffington Post: A Fitbit-Like Device for Penguins May Help the Birds Battle Bumblefoot, July, 2017

Little Penguin Tracking for Better Health, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, July, 2017