Behavior

aaha-logo-smTerri Bright, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CAAB sees Behavior appointments on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at Angell in Boston, and is joined by Ellen Lindell, VMD, DACVB, who sees appointments in Boston on Mondays and Tuesdays. Jocelyn Strassel, M.S., CVT, sees patients at Angell in Boston on Tuesdays and by appointment only at MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham and Nevins Farm.

Dr. Bright 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, teaches Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University, and lectures nationally on the subject of Applied Animal Behavior Analysis. She is the President of the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group in the Association of Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), and her dissertation research entailed developing a 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 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.

Ellen Lindell, VMD, DACVB earned her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced general medicine and surgery for 10 years and then completed a residency in Behavior at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Lindell is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and is currently President-Elect of the ACVB. She founded a private behavior specialty practice, Veterinary Behavior Consultations, PC, and has treated behavior patients in New York and Connecticut for over 20 years. She also serves as a behavior consultant to other veterinarians on VIN, an on-line resource designed to educate the veterinary community and provide an opportunity for communication between veterinary specialists and primary care veterinarians.

One of Dr. Lindell’s passions is to facilitate good veterinary care for all patients by reducing the distress that can be associated with veterinary visits. Pets and their families often experience anxiety when they arrive at the veterinary hospital. Dr. Lindell is an active member of the Fear FreeSM Advisory Panel, a team of animal-care experts working together to understand and prevent fear related to veterinary care. Dr. Lindell is also proud to be a Certified Fear FreeSM Professional and a Fully Approved Fear FreeSM Speaker. She continues to support and guide veterinary teams as they create a Fear FreeSM culture in their practices.

Dr. Lindell enjoys teaching and has lectured extensively to veterinarians and veterinary technicians as well as to members of clubs and organizations with an interest in animal behavior. She has contributed to several textbooks including the 5-Minute Veterinary Consult, and the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavior. Dr. Lindell also contributed to a chapter in the popular publication, Decoding Your Dog.

Contact

350 S. Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130

Phone: 617-989-1520
Email: behavior@angell.org
Fax: 617 - 989 - 1627

Angell West Appointments

Hours

Monday appointments (1 hour): 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
Tuesday appointments (1 hour): 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday appointments (1 hour): 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Thursday appointments (1 hour): 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Friday appointment (1 hour): 11 a.m.
Waltham by appointment
Methuen by appointment

Behavior Team

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Referrals

Referrals

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 acclimation
  • Furniture scratching
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Compulsive behavior

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