Dr Jessica Oliva is an Lecturer in Psychology at James Cook University based at the Townsville campus. Her research interests include owner-dog attachment, dog social cognition, empathy, speciesism, connectedness to nature and mindfulness. Inspired by her own experiences adopting a shelter dog, Bonnie, she completed a PhD at Monash University in 2015 investigating the role of the neuropeptide, oxytocin, in human-dog bonding and communication. She then completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Research in Semi-chemistry and Applied Ethology (IRSEA) in France, investigating the efficacy of Dog Appeasing Pheremone (DAP) versus oxytocin, in dog social cognition, and the influence of human attachment. She has also worked as a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Parent-Infant Research Instititue where she was involved in federal government funded projects to treat perinatal ill mental health. Before arriving to JCU, Dr Oliva worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at Monash University in Melbourne where she supervised 18 Honours projects to successful completion.

  • PY4201: Social Psychology (Level 4; ONL)
  • PY4204: Human Development Across the Lifespan (Level 4; ONL)
  • PY4206: Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language (Level 4; ONL)
  • PY4207: Neuroscience and the Biological Bases of Behaviour (Level 4; ONL)
  • PY4208: Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Futures (Level 4; ONL)
  • PY4209: Principles of Counselling (Level 4; ONL)
  • PY4210: Research and Statistics for Psychology (Level 4; ONL)
  • human-animal interactions
  • oxytocin
  • canine science
  • attachment
  • speciesism
  • empathy
  • mindfulness
  • 2019 to 2020 - Lecturer, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Post-Doctoral Research Officer, Parent-Infant Research Institute (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Senior Online Instructor, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2016 to 2017 - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Research in Semiochemistry and Applied Ethology (Apt, France)
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  • 2014 - Federation of Neuroscience (FENS) Young Investigator Award
  • 2014 - International Society for Anthrozoology Travel Award
  • 2012 - Monash Research Graduate School Travel Award
  • 2011 - Australian Postgraduate Award

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by Dr Jessica Oliva from 2010 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Silk purses out of sows’ ears or square pegs in round holes? – comparing self and professionally trained pedigree and mixed breed psychiatric assistance dogs (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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