The Payne Animal Welfare Lab, affiliated with the Applied Behavior Analysis Masters Program at California State University, Fresno, focuses on behavior analytic research with shelter animals.


Lab News

7/15/19: Our lab was awarded two research grants from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation, respectively, for our work in improving the welfare of shelter animals.

5/26/19: We had an excellent symposium at ABAI this year. Our very own Erin Chrysafis presented data from our lab on preference assessments in the animal shelter. Thanks to Mindy Waite (speaker) and Christy Alligood (discussant) for their contributions to this excellent symposium.

5/16/19: Congratulations to Cruz Salmeron for successfully defending her thesis today!

4/25/19: Congratulations to Sarah Orique for successfully proposing her thesis today!

3/1/19: Congratulations to Erin Chrysafis for successfully proposing her thesis today!

1/26/19: Dr. Payne Presented the lab's research at the Kansas Association of Behavior Analysis Mini Conference.


Partners and Funding

About the Lab

The mission of the PAW Lab is to use the principles of behavior analysis for the benefit of humans and companion animals.

Research Areas

Applied Animal Behavior
Translational Research with Non-Human Animals
Environmental Sustainability

Current Research

"Assessing Human Attention as a Reinforcer for Dog Behavior: A Methodological Comparison"
"Functional Analysis and Treatment of Aggression in Shelter Cats"

Current Graduate Students

Sarah Orique, Erin Chrysafis, Emily Pengilly,
Brianna Hegr, Joanna Casale

Current Undergraduate Students

Justine Gutierrez, Camden Johnson, Torie Martın,
Tania Sanchez, Britany West

Contact Us

For more information about the lab or information about applying, contact us at

Dr. Payne's Email

Fresno State ABA Master's Program

Fresno State Research Page


Dr. Payne

Steven W. Payne, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Steven Payne is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Program at California State University, Fresno. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D). He also serves as the Vice-President of the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group (AAB SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). His research interests include the application of applied behavior analysis to the animal shelter population, behavioral economics, translational research on canine and feline behavior, and environmental sustainability.

Education

Ph.D. University of Kansas
M.A. University of Kansas
B.A. University of Florida

Selected Publications

Winslow, T., Payne, S.W., & Massoudi, K.A. (2018). Functional analysis and treatment of problem behavior in three animal shelter dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 26, 27-37.

Payne, S. W., & Assemi, K. S. (2017). An evaluation of respondent conditioning procedures to decrease barking in an animal shelter. Pet Behaviour Science, 3, 19-24.  doi:10.21071/pbs.v0i3.5758 

Payne, S. W., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Newquist, M. H. (2017). An analysis of group-oriented contingencies and associated side effects. Journal of Behavioral Education,26, 27-52. doi:10.1007/s10864-016-9255-2.

Juanico, J. F., Dozier, C. L., Payne, S. W., Ackerlund Brandt, J. A., & Jowett Hirst, E. (2016). An evaluation of item preference for increasing self-control in typically developing preschool children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 460-471.

Payne, S. W., & Dozier, C. L. (2013). The use of positive reinforcement as a treatment for problem behavior maintained by negative reinforcement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 699-703.

Recent Publications

Winslow, T., Payne, S.W., & Massoudi, K.A. (2018). Functional analysis and treatment of problem behavior in three animal shelter dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 26, 27-37.

Payne, S. W., & Assemi, K. S. (2017). An evaluation of respondent conditioning procedures to decrease barking in an animal shelter. Pet Behaviour Science, 3, 19-24.  doi:10.21071/pbs.v0i3.5758 

Payne, S. W., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Newquist, M. H. (2017). An analysis of group-oriented contingencies and associated side effects. Journal of Behavioral Education,26, 27-52. doi:10.1007/s10864-016-9255-2.

Juanico, J. F., Dozier, C. L., Payne, S. W., Ackerlund Brandt, J. A., & Jowett Hirst, E.  (2016).  An evaluation of item preference for increasing self-control in typically developing preschool children.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 460-471.

Jowett Hirst, E. S., Dozier, C. L., & Payne, S. W. (2016). Efficacy and preference of reinforcement and response cost within token economies. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49. 329-345.

Recent Presentations

Payne, S.W. (January, 2019) Identifying reinforcing stimuli in the dog shelter. Paper presented at the Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis (KansABA) Winter 2019 CEU Workshop, Overland Park, KS.

Salazar, A., PAYNE, S. W., Orique, S., Cisneros, M., Salmeron, M., Fulgencio, C., & Ruby, S.A. (May 2018). The assessment and conditioning of attention as a reinforcer for shelter dog behavior. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Diego, CA.

Payne, S. W. (October 2017). The evaluation of variables associated with problem behavior in shelter dogs. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Canine Science Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Payne, S.W., SALMERON, M.C., Salazar, A., Orique, S., Cisneros, M., & Fulgencio, C. (May 2017). An evaluation of the efficacy of attention as a reinforcer for shelter dog behavior. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO.

Former Lab Members

Kacie Robles, M.A., BCBA; Tatum Winslow, M.A., BCBA

Janisa Grisom, M.A., BCBA

Andrew Adams, M.A., BCBA

Cintya Toledo Fulgencio, M.A., BCBA; Alyssa Salazar, M.A., BCBA; Martha Cisneros, M.A., BCBA

Sandra Ruby, B.A.

Cruz Salmeron, M.A.

Lab Photos

ABAI 2019 Symposium in Chicago, IL

CalABA 2019 in Long Beach, CA

KansABA Mini Conference 2019 at the KU Edwards Campus

ABAI 2018 in San Diego, CA

Andrew Adams's Thesis Defense

Cintya Toledo Fulgencio's Thesis Defense

Alyssa Salazar's Thesis Defense

Dr. Claudia Dozier visiting for the Annual Fresno State ABA Conference 2017 (2 Generations)

Cruz Salmeron presenting at ABAI 2017 in Denver

Graduation 2017

Janisa Grisom Thesis Defense

Spring Lecture Series Spring 2017