Research in Animal Behavior & Cognition


Darby Proctor is an associate professor of psychology at Florida Tech. Her research focuses on decision-making in nonhuman primates in order to understand the evolutionary roots of human decision-making biases. She collaborates with Brevard Zoo and conducts research with their animals, most notably the spider monkeys. In addition to this line of research, she is interested in pedagogy and increasing student involvement in the classroom. She created to provide hands-on animal experiences for undergraduate students at Florida Tech and beyond. Before coming to Florida Tech, she was an NIH-funded IRACDA Fellow in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) at Emory University and Yerkes National Primate Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Georgia State University.