American Animal Hospital Association AccreditedTerri Bright, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CAAB sees Behavior appointments on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at Angell, and by appointment only in Waltham. She earned her Master’s of Science degree and Ph.D. at Simmons College in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an animal specialty, and she is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D).  She is a mentor for future BCBAs,  and is an adjunct professor in the Behavior Analysis Department at Simmons College. Her dissertation research entailed developing an dog behavior assessment and analysis tool that will help to standardize how dog trainers evaluate why problem behaviors happen.

Dr. Bright has been training dogs as a hobby and professionally for many years and her research on stimulus equivalence (matching-to-sample training) earned her a Marian Breland Bailey (MBB) Award from the Association of Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).  Dr. Bright won another MBB Award from ABAI for her research on the use of errorless teaching to train a Shelter dog to sit at the sound of a bell (“Pavlov’s Shelter”) when she was not in the dog’s sight. She uses evidence-based methods of training.

Dr. Bright launched the Training Department at the MSPCA-Boston location in 2007, and has has grown the program to over 30 classes a week. She helps to evaluate homeless dogs surrendered at the MSPCA for proper placement, and designs training and enrichment programs for dogs at the MSPCA.  She also designs and implements curriculum and teaching for staff and volunteers in the SAFEWALK program, which she created in 2009, and lectures locally and nationally on behavior analysis.


350 S. Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130

Phone: 617-989-1520
Fax: 617 - 989 - 1627

Angell West Appointments


Wednesdays (1 hour appts): 1p, 2:30p, 4p, or 5:30p
Thursdays (1 hour appts): 4p-630p

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If you have any questions please contact Michalla Bishop at:

The referral line: 617 - 989 - 1520, or
The referral fax: 617 - 989 - 1627

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Our Services

Behavior consultations for cats and dogs.

Plan development

Following consultation, clients receive a detailed plan for their pet to modify behavior, and each consultation includes six weeks of follow-up to see how their pet is doing after our consultation.

Positive-based behavior modification treatment plans for issues such as:

  • Aggression towards people and other animals
  • Separation anxiety
  • Noise phobias
  • House soiling and marking
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Situational anxiety (car rides, slippery floors, vet visits)
  • New baby acclimations
  • Furniture scratching
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Compulsive behavior

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