Alex is completing her M.Sc.in Epidemiology with Dr. Lee Niel in the Department of Population Medicine. She completed her B.Sc.H. in Biology at Queen's University in 2013, where she took a fourth year course in epidemiology that piqued her interest in this department. During her undergrad, Alex also spent time volunteering with veterinarians and at local shelters, which sparked a passion for animal behaviour and welfare. Alex’s current research combines here interests of epidemiology, ethology, and welfare. She is examining impulsive behaviour in dogs, to determine whether it is influenced by early socialization and associated with development of aggression. Alex is currently working with dogs that are boarding and in daycare at a local kennel, and assessing the relationship between their early social history and performance on behavioural tests of impulsivity.