Erin Colbert-White is a comparative psychologist whose research interests include: effective study strategies for undergraduates, origins of language, animal cognition, inter/intra-species social relationships, and language-like behavior by nonhumans. She has worked with species including bottlenose dolphins, capuchin monkeys, and Harris’ hawks. Both her master's thesis and dissertation explored an African Grey parrot's use of speech to regulate and manipulate her social relationship with her owner. Colbert-White also has studied how the tone of a human’s voice influences dogs’ decisions, and she has led students in studies about how stress affects empathy in rats. She is co-author of "Can Dogs Use Vocal Intonation as a Social Referencing Cue in an Object Choice Task?" in Animal Cognition (2018) and author of “Variations in an African Grey parrot’s speech patterns following being ignored and denied requests” (Animal Cognition, 2015), as well as “A novel rater agreement methodology for language transcriptions: evidence from a non-human speaker” (Quality & Quantity, 2014), which provides a technique for measuring agreement between two observers; and “Where apes and songbirds are left behind: A comparative assessment of the requisites for speech” (Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 2014). Colbert-White teaches in the areas of animal consciousness, history and systems in psychology, and learning and behavior.
B.S., Denison University, 2007; M.S., Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2009, 2013