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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

(2000) Professional Improvement Award. National Association Extension 4-H Agents.

(2004) Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher. Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

(2008) HorseQuest Community of Practice. Communication Award in Recognition of Excellence in Use of Communications Media- National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

(2010) Outstanding Graduate Advisor. Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

(2014) HorseQuest Community of Practice. Equestrian Social Media Awards Finalist.

(2015) Outstanding Educator Equine Science Society.

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

Selected Publications

Brady, C. M., LaFollette, L. K., Knobloch, N. A., & Schutz, M. M. (2015). Consumers’ Motivations and Dairy Production Beliefs Regarding Participation in an Educational Dairy Farm Event. Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(2), 153-169. doi:10.5032/jae.2015.02153

Brady, C. M., Greene, E. A., Anderson, K. P., Pulec, K. E., & Skelly, C. D. (2015). Effectiveness of Webinars as Educational Tools to Address Horse Industry Issues. Manuscript in preparation.

Brady, C. M., Lofgren, E. A., & Voigt, M. A. (2015). Information Seeking Behavior of the Horse Competition Industry: A Demographic Study. Manuscript in preparation.

Brady, C. M., Voigt, M. A., Hiney, K., Richardson, J., Waite, K., & Borron, A. (2015). Show Horse Welfare: Horse Show Competitors’ Understanding, Awareness, and Perceptions of Equine Welfare. Manuscript in preparation.

Brady, C. M., Voigt, M. A., Hiney, K., Croney, C., Waite, K., & Borron, A. (2015). Show Horse Welfare: The Viewpoints of Judges, Stewards, and Show Managers. Manuscript in preparation.

Voigt, M. A., Russell, M. A., Hiney, K., Richardson, J. C., Borron, A. S., & Brady, C. M. (2015). Show Horse Welfare: Evaluating Stock-Type Show Horse Industry Legitimacy. Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics, 28(4), 647-666. doi:10.1007/s10806-015-9548-9

Brady, C. M., Voigt, M. A., Talbert, B. A., & McKinley, S. (2014). Promising Practices of Dairy, Horse and Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event Coaches: A Mixed-Methods Study. Journal of Extension, 52(4). Retrieved from

Brady, C. M., Bassette, L., Templin, S., Beck, A., & Russell, M. A. (2014). The Effects of an Equine-Based Mathematics Curriculum on Academic Engagement Behavior. Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding, 19.

Brady, C. M., Thogerson, C. M., Howard, R. D., Mason, G. J., Pajor, E. A., & Garner, J. P. (2013). How animals win the genetic lottery: biasing birth sex ratio results in more grandchildren. PLoS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0067867

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