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Kayla Hardin

Area Search Instructor

Kayla Hardin holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from the University of California, San Diego and a Masters of Science degree in Psychology from Arizona State University.  Understanding how learning occurs and modifying behavior holds a special interest for her.   She has been active in Search and Rescue since 2005, starting in trailing and currently working her dog, Darwin, who is trained in Area – Air Scent and HRD/Cadaver and has deployed on missions with him throughout the state of California including recent large scale disasters in the state of California.  She is also currently training her third dog, Gaia, in HRD/Cadaver.  She has taught as an Assistant Instructor at the Forensic Anthropology Center, Texas State, as well as given presentations at AZ State K-9 Conference, SAR City, SAREX, ESCAPE, NASAR, and at regional trainings for CARDA. Current team affiliations include California Rescue Dog Association and San Diego Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue.