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Research Interests

My general research interests are animal cognition, animal psychophysics, and applied animal behaviour. My research focuses on domestic dog olfaction and how best to train and evaluate sniffer dogs for a variety of applications. In particular, I am interested in the use of sniffer dogs for the detection of physiological changes in humans and how sniffer dogs can improve their owners' quality of life. I am also interested in how the study of animal cognition can inform the care of, and improve the welfare of captive animals.


PSY 1010 Using Psychology in Everyday Life

PSY 2066 Core Psychology

PSY 3123 Evolutionary Psychology and Comparative Cognition

PSY 3001 Thesis

Personal Tutor



I completed my education in Canada, beginning with an honours degree in psychology and a minor in biology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, NS where I studied provisioning and paternity in European Starlings (2009). I then went on to complete a masters degree at York University (2012) in Toronto, ON, examining perceptual cognition in Sumatran Orangutans. I completed my PhD in 2017 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, with a methodological exploration of hypoglycemia detection dogs in vitro. I have been a lecturer at Queen's University Belfast since September of 2018.

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Research Output 2014 2019

An idiographic investigation of diabetic alert dogs' ability to learn from a small sample set

Reeve, C., Cummings, B., McLaughlin, E., Smith, S. & Gadbois, S., 08 May 2019, In : Canadian Journal of Diabetes.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hypoglycemic Agents
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
3 Citations (Scopus)

Assessing individual performance and maintaining breath sample integrity in biomedical detection dogs

Reeve, C., Wentzell, P., Wielens, B., Jones, C., Stehouwer, K. & Gadbois, S., 01 Oct 2018, In : Behavioural Processes. 155, p. 8-18

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Biomedical Scent Detection Dogs: Would They Pass as a Health Technology

Koivusalo, M. & Reeve, C., 16 Nov 2018, In : Pet Behaviour Science. 6, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Biomedical Technology
Cost-Benefit Analysis

Can Dogs Detect Hypoglycemic Breath Samples?

Reeve, C., Cummings, E., Smith, S., McLaughlin, E. & Gadbois, S., Oct 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Hypoglycemic Agents
3 Citations (Scopus)

Canine scent detection as a tool to distinguish meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Koivusalo, M., Vermeiren, C., Yuen, J., Reeve, C., Gadbois, S. & Katz, K., 01 May 2017, In : Journal of Hospital Infection. 96, 1, p. 93-95

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Activities 2017 2019

  • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 4 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Hosting of external, non-academic visitor
  • 1 Membership of network

QUB Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Curriculum

Catherine Reeve (Participant)
02 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Supervisor Training

Catherine Reeve (Participant)
27 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Applied Animal Behaviour Science (Journal)

Catherine Reeve (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Seminar with the Rainbow Project

Catherine Reeve (Organiser)
06 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

LGBT Allies

Catherine Reeve (Participant)
18 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course