Sara Shettleworth is an American-born, Canadian experimental psychologist and zoologist. Her research focusses on animal cognition. She is a professor of psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto.

    Shettleworth's research focuses on adaptive specializations of learning and the evolution of cognition. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford University, and an American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Lecturer.[1] Her research has been supported continuously since 1974 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.[2]

    Shettleworth was honoured by the Comparative Cognition Society at their 2008 annual meeting for her contributions to the study of animal cognition.[3] In 2012 the Canadian Society For Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science honoured her with the Donald Hebb award for her distinguished contributions to psychological science