About

Julie Hecht headshotJulie Hecht is an animal behavior researcher, science writer, and public speaker. The New York Times observed that Julie “finds her bliss in canine urine.”

Julie has conducted research on dog behavior, cognition, welfare, and common anthropomorphisms with Alexandra Horowitz’s Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College in NYC and with the Family Dog Project at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

She regularly covers all things canine science at her blog Dog Spies on Scientific American. With fellow researcher Mia Cobb she maintains Do You Believe in Dog? which promotes companion animal behavior and welfare. Julie contributes to The Bark magazine and frequently holds lectures for student groups and dog enthusiasts. 

Julie is currently a PhD candidate in Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, working with Diana Reiss. Her PhD research focuses on cat(!)-human interactions. She has been an adjunct at Hunter College and taught undergraduate Animal Behavior as well as courses for the  Animal Behavior and Conservation Masters Program. Previously, she taught Applied Animal Behavior for Canisius College’s Anthrozoology Masters Program. 

Julie received a Masters with distinction in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Her interest in ethology (animal behavior) began at The University of Wisconsin-Madison in Patricia McConnell’s Zoology class. She is very happy she took that class.

She would like to meet your dog.