It is better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Dr. Lunghofer to Co-chair the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals

Lisa was recently asked to serve as one of three co-chairs of the newly-formed National Coalition on Violence Against Animals (NCOVAA). On January 22, she attended the first meeting of the coalition, which was organized by the National Sheriffs’ Association. Coalition members represent approximately 40 national and state-level organizations working in diverse fields and disciplines, including law enforcement, animal protection, mental health, domestic violence, veterinary medicine, and the judicial system.

NCOVAA seeks to identify ways in which the participating organizations can work together to reduce violence against animals. The group will identify gaps in current efforts and recommend policies, programs, and research that will help us to reach this goal. Fellow co-chairs of the group are Michelle Welch, Assistant Attorney General, Virginia Attorney General’s Office, and John Thompson, Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff, National Sheriffs’ Association.

Animal Abuse Leadership Summit

Lisa was the featured speaker at the Animal Abuse Leadership Summit sponsored by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. She presented “Intervening with Juvenile Animal Abusers, Preventing Future Violence.”

Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE) – National Humane Education Conference

Lisa presented “Planning for Success: Using Logic Models as a Road Map” at the APHE national conference on February 27 in Dallas, Texas.

Radio Pet Lady Network

Lisa was a guest on DOG TALK® on Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. on Peconic Public Broadcasting 88.3, which reaches Long Island, Westchester County, and Connecticut. The show was also broadcast at 8 a.m. on April 13 on NPR station WHDD in Dutchess County, NY, Litchfield County, CT and the Berkshires. You can listen to the podcast anytime at DOG TALK® – Podcast Library.

Pet Radio

Lisa was a guest on Pet Radio’s Sunday Rescue broadcast, talking about her work with animal-related organizations around the country and the Pay it Forward program. You can listen to the show at Pet Radio.

Animal Assisted Intervention International Conference

Lisa presented three sessions at this conference held in Denver, Colorado on September 19 and 20, 2014. On September 19 she presented “Planning for Success: Using Logic Models in Animal Assisted Interventions.” On September 20 she presented two workshops on the relationship between animal abuse and other types of violent and antisocial behavior. She discussed AniCare, a psychological treatment approach designed specifically for people who mistreat animals.

International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference

Lisa presented “Polyvictimization, Childhood Animal Abuse, and Trauma-Focused Intervention” with Dr. Christina Risley-Curtiss at this annual conference sponsored by the Family Research Laboratory and Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. The session included: (1) discussion of research on the relationship between animal abuse and children’s polyvictimization, (2) description of the Children and Animals Together (CAT) program for children who abuse animals, and (3) presentation of findings from detailed psycho-social assessments of 44 children referred to CAT.

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