Kristina M. Horback

Kristina M. Horback

Kristina M. Horback, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Animal Science
University of California, Davis
2143 Meyer Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis CA 95616

Phone: +1 510.846-9037
FAX: +1 530-752-0175


B.A.: University of California San Diego, 2007 (Psychology)
M.A.: University of Southern Mississippi, 2011 (Experimental Psychology)
Ph.D.: University of Southern Mississippi, 2012 (Experimental Psychology)


A primary objective of my research is to identify consistent personality traits among domestic farm animals and to evaluate the relationship between personality and the assessment of an animal’s physical and psychological welfare (e.g., affective states). My ongoing research plan is to investigate whether species-specific personality traits influence how an animal not only copes with stress but also how the animal expresses its internal state, such as pain or fear, in order to enhance animal-based measurements of welfare. Knowledge of individual differences in personality may allow animal caretakers to gauge social compatibility, customize environmental enrichment, and identify individuals more susceptible or resilient to environment/social stress.

Horback Lab Website

Graduate Groups

Animal Biology

Animal Behavior