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Kathryn Kalafut

Contact Information

Office:  227 McGregor

Phone:  937-319-0154


Assistant Professor of Psychology

Kathryn (Katie) Kalafut is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Antioch. She is a behavioral scientist whose research interests include basic behavioral questions in the areas of stimulus control, decision making, and behavioral timing. Katie is also actively engaged in applied work focusing on how to create environments that support constructive behaviors in both humans and animals. Most recently she is collaborating with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to better understand and enhance captive animal welfare through behavioral data collection and environmental manipulations. This collaborative effort has produced various research projects for both Katie and Antioch students interested in conducting behavioral research. Katie is also very interested in how new technology can be used and implemented in behavioral research. She is currently using Radio Frequency Identification tags to track little blue penguin swimming behavior, a novel approach to measuring captive animal behavior.

Katie is active in her field. She is currently serving as President of the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest group, a sub-discipline of the Association of Behavior Analysis International. She is also the Chair of Research and Education for the National Association of Animal Behaviorists.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Brown University, 2014

  • M.S., Behavior Analysis, University of North Texas, 2009

  • B.A., Indiana University, Cognitive Science and Animal Behavior, 2005


  • Board Certification in Behavior Analysis, 2017


  • Learning and Behavior

  • Quantitative Methods

  • Animal Behavior 

The principles of behavior are always in practice and a better understanding of them makes us more effective in all ways. Studying behavior allows us to better understand how we make decisions and interact with the world, and others in it, the way that we do. Applying these principles in informed ways can help us solve real world problems. My goal in all my classes is to inspire students to see behavior as a principled, lawful pursuit. Understanding and applying this knowledge in proactive ways can be truly impactful in various settings and applications. I am eager to find students who want to work collaboratively in studying both human and animal behavior through research.


  • Kalafut, K. L. & Kinley, R. (2017). The Effects of Increased Swimming on Bumblefoot in little blue penguins (Eudyptula minor) using radio frequency ID tags. Presented at the Association of Behavior Analysis International Conference, Denver, CO.

  • Kalafut, K. L., Meister, A. L., & Freestone, D. M. (2015). Effects of multiple DRL intervals on human performance.  Presented at Quantitative Analysis of Behavior Conference, San Antonio, TX.

  • Meister, A. L., Kalafut, K. L., & Freestone, D. M. (2015). How rats learn a DRL interval. Presented at Quantitative Analysis of Behavior Conference, San Antonio, TX.



  • Kalafut, K. L., & Church, R. M. (2017). Quantification of behavior in the presence of compound stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 43(1), 96-108.

  • Kalafut, K. L., Freestone, D. M., MacInnis, M. L. M., & Church, R. M. (2014). Integrating timing and conditioning approaches to study behavior. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition. Advance online publication.

  • Kalafut, K. L., & Church, R. M. (2014). Brief stimuli as context. Behavioral Processes, 104, 65-71.