Walking with Maya. Copyright Morbidmuse Photography

My name is Patrizia. I am a post doctoral researcher working on dog behaviour and cognition.

I am originally from Italy, where I graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon at the Veterinary School of the University of Milan (Italy). I then spent nearly 7 years in the United Kingdom, where I completed an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln and a PhD in Comparative Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. In this period I also worked and visited practices as a veterinary surgeon and veterinary behaviourist between Italy and UK.

Currently, I am working with the ERC funded Senior Family Dog Project, a multidisciplinary research group looking at cognitive ageing in dogs. I am therefore based at the Department of Ethology of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. You can read all about this and follow my academic work on my CV page and blog.

Whenever I can, I take the opportunity to be in my home city, Milan, or enjoy presenting my research at conferences and workshops. I am a big fan of long drives, which I do in the company of my 13 years old dog, Maya, and my 17 years old cat, Kiki.

In this site you can find some info about my research interests and outreach activities. I will post some summaries of my research output.


What is the online impact of my research? Find it out on Impactstory.

Fond of open-access? Me too! Check out my Open Science Framework space.

Love coding and statistics? Have a look at my GitHub (PiottiP) and leave me some feedback!

If you are a social media geek, you can also follow me on ResearchGate, Twitter and LinkedIn.