Amy is a graduate student in UNT’s Behavior Analysis program. Prior to entering graduate school, Amy studied Human Development and Family Science at UNT. Amy has been an ORCA member since Spring 2020. She did a chicken training project in ORCA and successfully taught her chicken to open the feeder by stepping on the lever. Amy has her interest in improving the education system using Behavior Analysis. She has a variety of experience working with children with typical development as well as with autism. Currently, Amy is working as a teaching assistant in one of the undergraduate behavior analysis courses. She is also involved in a project that aims to teach local high school students about behavior analysis and community involvement.
Jules is a Master’s student at the University of North Texas in Behavior Analysis and is the Treasurer of ORCA. Jules is working on developing a nail trimming procedure for his two cats and has an interest in autism treatment and behavioral neuroscience.
Josef is a graduate student at the University of North Texas. He currently serves as the secretary for ORCA. Josef graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. He spent most of his undergraduate career working with children who have ASD. Currently, Josef explores basic research projects through PORTL. He is interested in how these findings can translate to other areas of Behavior Analysis.
Andia Jaramillo is a first year master’s student in the Behavior Analysis program. She has been training animals since age 4. Her current pets are a dog, Daisy, and two cats, Chloe and Turtle. Andia has trained Turtle to walk on a leash so that she can still enjoy the outdoors while being a mostly indoor cat.
She is interested in teaching communication behaviors to her pets and building owner-pet relationships. She also loves finding new ways to enrich the environment of house pets.
Andia hopes to use what she learns as a member of ORCA to further research in animal training and create owner-pet communication programs that will create distinct communicative behaviors that can take the place of unwanted behaviors.
Anja is a senior at UNT who is working on getting accepted to the Behavior Analysis graduate program in the Fall. She came to the U.S. from Germany to learn how to improve her animal training as well as how to give lessons that improve the relationship between human and animal.
She has been training animals since she was 8 years old, starting with guinea pigs, bunnies, and cats, and expanding her repertoire to rats, birds, and dogs. Today, her focus is on horses, donkeys, and mules, even though she still enjoys working with all kinds of animals.
Anja owns a cat, two dogs, and 15 horses. She spends most of her free time rescuing troubled horses from slaughter plants and retraining them. Her goal is to be able to help each horse through training to find a place in society. Depending on the horses’ physical abilities she trains therapy horses as well as show and liberty horses. It is very important to her to implement training methods that rely on the animal’s voluntary participation rather than force or pain.
Anja’s current project in ORCA is a former racehorse that exhibits problem behavior that could be classified as separation anxiety. He gets nervous and at times dangerous when taken out of his herd in order to be fed in his stall. In addition to calling and dancing, he also developed a head bobbing tic whenever he is separated in a stall. This tic causes him lameness as he shifts his weight to his front end. Under the supervision of Dr. Rosales-Ruiz, Anja was able to conduct baseline sessions that will help her develop an intervention program in the near future.