James C. Ha, PhD, CAAB
Research Associate Professor & Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Department of Psychology
University of Washington
James Ha, PhD
academic and practical training is in the social behavior of birds and mammals, with a special focus on highly social species like domestic dogs, crows and jays, primates, and killer whales.
background includes a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Millersville University
(1980), a Master's degree in Biology from Wake Forest University
(1983), a Ph.D. in Zoology, with a specialization in animal behavior, from Colorado State University
(1989), and professional credentialing as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, the highest level of certification in dog behavior that is available.
At the University of Washington since 1990, he is currently a Research Associate Professor in Psychology (Animal Behavior Program) where he teaches and conducts research in complex social behavior and cognition of several animal species.
teaching and lecturing on dog behavior is international, with participation in international professional conferences and teaching courses and workshops, most recently in Brazil.
In addition, Dr. Ha
has participated in a number of legal cases as an expert witness on cases involving both dog bites and dog tracking behavior.
He was involved with the development of the professional certification program for applied animal behaviorists through the professional academic organization, the Animal Behavior Society ( www.animalbehavior.org) and has served as a member of the Animal Behavior Society's Executive Committee for many years.