Sheryl Pierre earned a Doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. She has been combining her career interests in psychology, education and animal welfare since graduate school. Her grant supported dissertation research investigated the role of a friendly dog in rapport development in initial social interactions.
Pierre went on to lead the Humane Education department of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). In that role, she developed and supervised both education and animal-assisted interaction programs. She was a speaker at a number of local, regional and national animal welfare and education conferences—including American Humane Association, National Middle School Association, Youth Service America, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Association for Gifted Children and the Association of Professional Humane Educators conferences.
Currently, Pierre is a post-doctoral fellow at Dakhari Psychological Services, LLC. in Moorestown, NJ. She works with pediatric clients with varying presenting issues. She was elected to board positions within the Association of Professional Humane Educators (APHE), Humane Educators Reaching Teachers (HEART), and South Jersey Psychological Association and is Membership Committee Chair for the New Jersey Psychological Association. Sheryl also teaches within the Canisius College Anthrozoology Master's program.
Pierre shares her home with one dog and four cats, none of whom want to become registered therapy animals.