Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi (2012)
Dissertation: Temporal consistency of personality assessment in African elephants
M.A. Experimental Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi (2011)
Thesis: Variations in inter-specific social behavior throughout the estrous cycle of a killer whale
B.A. Psychology, University of California: San Diego (2007)
Dr. Horback is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science and is a faculty member of the Center for Animal Welfare at UC Davis. She is trained in animal cognition and comparative psychology and uses these skills to assess the psychological welfare (e.g., affective state, behavioral needs) of domestic farm animals and wild animals housed at zoos and aquariums. Specific research topics include how personality traits are related to individual differences in coping ability and cognitive processing.