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Kimberly Spanjol, Ph.D.

Kimberly Spanjol, Ph.D.Email: kspanjol@iona.edu

Kimberly Spanjol, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LMHC received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) and holds a Master’s Degree and license in Mental Health Counseling. She is a licensed and Doctoral Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is also certified in Animal Assisted Therapy, Animals and Human Health, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Holistic Health Counseling, Humane Education, Humane Literacy and Teaching Mindfulness to Youth.

Dr. Spanjol has served as an educator, researcher, consultant, clinician, clinical director and supervisor.  Her clinical work has focused on children, teens and young adults with a variety of behavioral, mental health issues and developmental delays as well as their families in private practice, educational, and correctional settings for more than 25 years. She consults and leads professional development trainings, workshops and courses in her areas of expertise which include Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and the Human-Animal Bond, Behavior Modification, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Environmental Crime, the Psychology of Social Change, Service Learning, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Social Justice and Intersectionality, and Species Justice.

Dr. Spanjol has taught at various CUNY colleges, including John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and serves as an executive board member for the New York City Department of Education's Humane Education Committee.  Her current research projects include evaluating animal assisted therapy programs with incarcerated youth, measuring the effectiveness of service and experiential learning as tools for behavioral and social change, and examining the impact of human-animal interactions on human mental health and patterns of violence.