Lauren Robinson

PhD Psychology

  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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7 George Square

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PhD topic

My PhD is about validating new or amended methodology for assessing individual differences and welfare across nonhuman primate species then applying these methods to understand the factors associated with individual welfare in nonhuman primates.


Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education

Scottish Primate Research Group


2012 MSc Applied animal behaviour and animal welfare, University of Edinburgh   

2009 BA Psychology, University of Washington


Robinson, L. M., Waran, N. K., Leach, M. C., Morton, F. B., Paukner, A., Lonsdorf, E., Handel, I., Wilson, V. A. D., Brosnan, S. F., & Weiss, A. (2016). Happiness is Positive Welfare in Brown Capuchins (Sapajus apella). Applied Animal Behaviour Science. doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2016.05.029.

Robinson, L. M., Morton, F. B., Gartner, M. C., Widness, J., Paukner., A., Essler, J. L., Brosnan, S. F., & Weiss, A. (2016). Divergent Personality Structures of Brown (Sapajus apella) and White-Faced Capuchins (Cebus capucinus). Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Robinson, L. M., Skiver Thompson, R., & Ha, J. C. (2016). Puppy Temperament Assessments Predict Breed and American Kennel Club Group but Not Adult Temperament. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 19(2), 101-114. doi: 10.1080/10888705.2015.1127765


Research summary

Animal welfare, personality, social hierarchies, animal behaviour

Current research interests

I am a psychologist and animal welfare scientist. I study individual differences in animal personality and welfare. My methodology utilises a mix of psychology and animal behaviour techniques. I primariliy study nonhuman primates in zoos and research facilities.  The main aim of my research is study the individual variables that influence individual welfare and to then use this information to improve the welfare of captive animals. Species I have worked with: Japanese macaques, rhesus macaques, domestic dog, brown bear, adelie penguins, Asian and Africian elephants, and hippos.

Dr Alex Weiss

Prof Natalie Waran (The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies)

Dr Matthew Leach (Newcastle University)