Dr. Gaskill's research program focuses on welfare assessment of laboratory animals. She utilizes natural behavior, physiology, and affective state to assess an animal's overall well-being. She is especially interested how better welfare can translate into better and more robust science. My research interests include: applied ethology, enrichment design and application, improving husbandry techniques, and how environment can affect scientific results when not tailored to the animal's needs and motivations. Additionally she has been involved in developing new and improved types of cognitive testing for mice that are used in psychiatric and neuroscience research. Dr. Gaskill has published in the behavior and well-being, laboratory animal, and experimental psychology literatures. Dr. Gaskill is dedicated to educating the public, investigators, and husbandry staff about the science behind how we house and care for animals in captivity and how this affects laboratory animal welfare.