Dr. Jim Ha, PhD, CAAB, Research
I am a Research Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. In general, my research focuses on complex social behavior in highly cognitive animals, and the outcomes of those interactions. My current research occurs on two fronts: (1) in primate behavior, both infant developmental psychology and adult social behavior and reproduction and (2) in applied animal behavior, where I am involved in conservation behavior work on endangered species of killer whales and crows and where I maintain a clinical practice in treating companion animal behavior problems. I currently supervise four PhD graduate students (Adrienne Sussman, primate temperament, social behavior and reproduction; Anton Mates, acoustic communication in crows and infant primates; Sarah Faegre, conservation behavior in endangered Mariana crows; Carly Loyer, stereotypical behavior in zoo animals).
I am the PI on a large federally-funded project centered on the optimal management of breeding in captive macaque monkeys, and a co-investigator on several other programs. My wife, Dr. Renee Ha, and I have continued to receive funding for an extensive series of grants to conduct research on the endangered island birds of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (near Guam). This program now includes a field supervisor and several graduate student-level research assistants. I provide a strong research support presence in the Department of Psychology and across the broader University as well, in statistical consulting for Psychology, Biology, Anthropology, Fisheries, and the National Primate Research Center, and in behavioral methodology, where my software for behavioral coding on Palm PDAs and iOS/Android apps is now being used by researchers in several UW departments and more than two dozen other research groups.