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Kimberly Spanjol, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

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Driscoll Hall
(914) 637-2747 (914) 637-2747


  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
  • MS, Mental Health Counseling, City College, City University of New York (CUNY)

Dr. Kimberly Spanjol, BCBA-D, LMHC, is a licensed and doctoral-level board-certified behavior analyst. She 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. 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.

Towards a typology of dog fighting: An examination of motive and behavior  typologies and recommendations for criminal justice and mental health practitioners. (2016). Behavioral Health, 4, (2), 1-10. Co-authored with Dr. Cathryn Lavery (Iona College) and Dr. Heath Grant (John Jay College of Criminal Justice).

Understandings about animal cruelty:  Why animal abuse is a critical concern for law enforcement practitioners, and promising antidotes to youth violence. The Latham Letter. Volume XXXVII, Number 3, Summer 2016. Co-authored with Dr. Heath Grant (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Dr. Cathryn Lavery (Iona College).    
Critical understandings about animal cruelty for law enforcement practitioners. (2015). Journal of Law Enforcement, 4 (5) 1-12. Co-authored with Dr. Heath Grant (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Dr. Cathryn Lavery (Iona College). 
Self-reported Antecedents and Consequences of Female Heroin Use (2005). Proquest Information and Learning Company, UMI: MI.

Albania. (2005). In Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, Volume 3.  L.E. Sullivan and M.R. Haberfield (Eds.).  Sage Publications:  CA.
Alcohol-related homicides committed by women. (1998). Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 30 (1), 33 - 43. Co-authored with Dr. Barry Spunt, Dr. Henry H. Brownstein, Dr. Susan M. Crimmins and Dr. Sandra Langley.

August 2017 and April 2017: North Shore Animal League Mutt-i-grees ProgramSt. Louis, Mo. Developing Social Emotional Learning and Service Learning Programs in Your Community
December 2016: Comfort Dog Pilot Program Kickoff Celebration. New York City Department of Education Office of Counseling Support Programs, New York, N.Y. Lead speaker introducing a new social emotional learning initiative in New York City public schools working with Emotional Support Dogs in classrooms
October 2016: NYC Social Justice Curriculum Fair, Movement of Rank and File Educators, City-As-School, New York, N.Y.  Bridging Social Emotional Learning and Humane Education
January 2016: Queens College, Queens, N.Y. Humane Education and Service Learning
November 2015: New York State Association for Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Conference. Supporting Youth Empowerment and Social Emotional Well-Being Through Humane Education and Service Learning

January - March 2015: (Various Colleges) Service Learning and the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum
October 2014: New York State United Federation of Teachers Humane Education Committee Meeting. Empowering Youth Through Service Learning

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.