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Colleen M Brady

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Associate Professor – Extension Education
Agricultural Administration Building Room 227
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

Animal Sciences 

  • Courtesy Assoc Professor of Animal Sci

Faculty Profile
Dr. Brady is a Horse Extension Specialist, who focusses her engagement work toward youth and adults working with horses. Dr. Brady’s research interest is in the implementation of distance learning strategies in the informal education; with a focus on STEM learning in the context of equine and animal science. Dr. Brady collaborates with Equine Extension Specialists nationally in the eXtension HorseQuest initiative

PhD, Animal Science, Michigan State University, 1999
MS, Animal Science, Michigan State University, 1995
BS, Animal Science, Michigan State University, 1992
AAS, Animal Health Technology, University of Minnesota-Waseca- 1987
AAS, Horse Management, University of Minnesota-Waseca-1987

Department Responsibilitis

Extension Governance Committee-member

Courses Taught

YDAE 55500- Principles of Extension Education

YDAE 64400- Graduate Seminar

ANSC 10100- Introduction to Animal Science and Industry

YDAE 290/ANSC 294- The Horse Industry and Extension in Europe- Study Abroad course

Professional Service

Evaluation Specialist- Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up (2012-present)

Vice Chair HorseQuest Community of Practice (2013-2014)

Curriculum Specialist, National 4-H Science Leadership Academy (2010)

Research Interests

Distance learning as a delivery method for informal STEM education

Equine and animal science as a context for informal STEM education

Grants & Projects

2014-“Online Education Resources to Enhance Horse Care and Management” United States Equestrian Trust 

2010-“Enhancing Science Capacity in Introductory Animal, Plant and Food Sciences Courses” USDA/NIFA

2010-“Training STEAM Educators to Teach Applied and Advanced Topics in Animal Genetics” USDA/CSREES

2010- “Indiana 4-H Science Academy” National 4-H Council

2009- “Web based learning modules to Enhance Science Learning in Agriscience Classrooms” USDA/CSREES

Awards & Honors

(2009) Outstanding Graduate Student Educator. Dept. YDAE-Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Brady, C. M., Borron, A., & Voigt, M. (2013). Show horse welfare: the viewpoint of judges, stewards and show managers. 9th International Equitation Science Conference: Conference Proceedings, 32.

Brady, C. M. (2013). Motivation for Undergraduate Students to Participate in an Equine Study Abroad Course. Journal of Animal Science. Vol. 91. E-Suppl. 2, 224.

Brady, C. M., Fisher, A. E., & Knobloch, N. A. (2013). Youth motivation to participate in animal-related career development events. Journal of Animal Science. Vol. 91. E-Suppl. 2, 404.

Brady, C. M., Peters, J., Voigt, M., & Russell, M. A. (2013). Work force skill attainment in students participating in a short term equine study abroad course.. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.Volume 33. Number 5, 394.

Lancaster, K., Knobloch, N., Jones, A., & Brady, C. M. (2013). Youth Motivation to Participate in Animal Science-Related Career Development Events. Journal of Extension, 51(2). Retrieved from

Voigt, M., Talbert, B. A., McKinley, S. K., & Brady, C. M. (2013). Promising Practices of Expert Dairy, Horse and Livestock Career Development Event Coaches: A Qualitative Study. NACTA, 57(2), 26-55. Retrieved from

Thogerson, C., Brady, C. M., Mason, G. J., Pajor, E. A., Vicino, G. A., & Garner, J. P. (2013). Winning the Genetic Lottery: Biasing Birth Sex Ratio Results in More Grandchildren. PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), •DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067867. Retrieved from

Lancaster, K., Knobloch, N. A., Jones, A., & Brady, C. M. (2012). Youth Motivation to Participate in Equine Career Development. 2012 National Symposium of the American Youth Horse Council.

Mrozinski-Schwartz, A., Knobloch, N., Esters, L., & Brady, C. M. (2012). The Effects of a Technology-Mediated Animal Science Unit on Community College Students’ Knowledge and Motivation. AAAE National Conference.

Voigt, M., McKinley, S. K., Davis, A., & Brady, C. M. (in press). Incorporating Learner-Centered strategies into riding instruction and identifying rider's learning preference. International Society of Equitation Science.