General FAQs:

Who: Jennie.  I’m a research scientist with a penchant for cooking, puppies, & clean driving.  By day, I am an adjunct professor, behavioral endocrinology nerd, statistics geek, start up/tech enthusiastic, and social strategy consultant.  My PhD is in social psychology, and my research focus is on behavioral neuroendocrinology.  I study how behaviors can affect hormones and how hormones can affect behaviors in humans.  I’ve been called the Jane Goodall of behaviorists.  I’ll leave that open to interpretation. By night, I’ve been a hobby collector.  You can read up on myLinkedIn profile.

MisoHungry focuses on cooking with craft beer, fine wine, and artisan spirits, and it also covers Austin area food events, food trends, and thoughts on social media. and Keep Austin Dog Friendly is a resource for places for your puppy to socialize with bent on canine sports.  Canine Drafting covers basics about drafting with your dog, or goat, or pony.  Chenergy Consulting is a blog on social behavior, relationship research, and social media. I’m in the following canine clubs:

  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America – Draft Judge, Pack Dog Coordinator, Versatility Committee , Sunshine Committee, Weight Pull Judge, and Past Ways and Means Chair
  • Gulf Coast Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club – Secretary
  • Southbound Regional Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club
  • Brazos Valley Kennel Club –  Past Board Member, Past Trophy Chair, and Past Ads Chair
  • WetDog – member
  • International Weight Pull Association – Event coordinator, Regional Representative, and Judge
  • Old West Newfie Club – member
  • SouthWest Working Dog Association – Founder
  • SNIP – Founding Member
  • Aggieland Guide Dogs and Service Dogs – Advisory Board and Trainer
  • Lowchen Club of America – member
  • Gold Ribbon Rescue – Foster Home and Home Evaluator
  • Aggie Dog Club – President
  • Keep Austin Dog Friendly – Founder
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #27966

The following are non-canine clubs:

  • International Association for Culinary Professionals – Host Committee Volunteer Chair
  • Austin Food Blogger Alliance – Founding member and Educational Chair
  • Texas Craft Brewer’s Guild

Academic Organizations and Contributions:

  • Austin Community College – Social Sciences Adjunct Voting Chair
  • Texas A&M University Graduate Teaching Academy Fellow
  • Human Behavior and Evolution Society
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology in Phlebotomy
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society, President 2001-2002, University of Texas, Austin
  • Ad Hoc Journal Reviewing – Evolution and Human Behavior

  • Office of Graduate Studies Research Workshop Panelist

Community Contributions:

  • South By South West Interactive, Austin, TX – 2010 – Core Conversation Panelist – The Yelp Effect, When Everyone’s a Restaurant Critic
  • Relationships and Information Series for Entrepreneurs (RISE Austin) – 2010 – Presenter
  • Ignite Austin 1 – Jan 2010 – Presenter

Why a Swissy? I love large breed dogs and especially like to work.  So it was natural that I fell love with the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund). But the Löwchens?  I first met Pistol Pete (owned by Barbara Cecil), and just had to have one.  They have the personality in of a big dog in a little dog body.  The only difference between Basil and Mouse is about 120 lbs and some hair.

Why the name Roman Reign? The historians of Swissies claims that they were developed from Roman War dogs (Mollasian).  These dogs eventually developed into the large European breeds including mastiffs, rotties, and bernards.  I chose a  name that goes back to the roots of the breed and also reflects the breed’s function and temperament – bold and powerful.   Even though the website has morphed into a more inclusive site, I decided to keep the name Roman Reign.

Where: Austin, TX

What are your articles based on?:  I’m formally trained in social psychology with a research interest in behavioral neuroendocrinology in topics ranging from human social phenomenon, classical conditioning, and operant conditioning.  I’ve taught many psychology courses at major universities (since 2002), and have a background in biobehavioral research as well as training in behavioral genetics.  My other research areas and interests are marketing and management (applied social psychology), attitudes and behavior change (particularly towards public policy), hierarchical linear modeling (and quadratic modeling), mating strategies, intimate relationships, health psychology, group dynamics, message framing, and social dominance behaviors.

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