Meet the Behavior Team

Terri Bright, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CAAB

Dr.Terri 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 n dog behavior assessment and analysis tool that will help to standardize how dog trainers evaluate why problem behaviors happen.

She has been training dogs as a hobby and professionally for many years and has had a private animal behavior practice that includes all manner of behavior issues for nine years. Her own dogs, all Bull Terriers, have competed in Obedience, Agility and/or conformation, with great results.  Her dog Fanny was the top Agility Bull  Terrier in the U.S. in 2006 and 2007.  Her rescued dog, Pepper, helped to teach Terri how to train and manage human- and dog-aggressive dogs, and Terri’s youngest dog, Radio, is a breed champion and has been the subject of Terri’s research on stimulus equivalence (matching-to-sample training) that garnered Terri a Marian Breland Bailey (MBB) Award from the Association of Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).  Terri 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.

Terri launched the Training Department at the MSPCA-Boston location in 2007, and, with a phalanx of crackerjack training instructors, 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.

Taylor Kirby-Madden, DVM (Behavior Services, 2015-2018)

Angell Boston and MSPCA-Angell West, Waltham

Dr. Taylor Kirby-Madden is beginning the process of a non-conforming residency in Behavioral Medicine at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Dr. Kirby-Madden earned her BA in English Literature from the University of Vermont, and spent several years working at animal shelters in Massachusetts and Ohio. While in veterinary school, she was President of the Ohio State Behavior Club, and a founding student leader for an elective shelter enrichment course based at a large, municipal shelter. Dr. Kirby-Madden was a participant in an Ohio State summer research program, where she designed a study on the efficacy of the shelter enrichment program on the behavior of dogs. The results of this study were presented at the 2013 meeting of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and then later published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  

EDUCATION
The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM, 2014

SPECIALTY TRAINING
Angell Animal Medical Center, Non-Conforming Residency in Behavioral Medicine, 2015-2018

Jocelyn Strassel, CVT, MS, Regional Behavior Coordinator

Jocelyn earned her BA from Connecticut College in 1997 where she studied environmental science and zoology. She spent several years working as a veterinary technician before joining the Angell team in 2001. She earned her veterinary technician certification in 2004 and worked in many areas of the hospital including Critical Care/Emergency and Specialty Services.  Most recently, she spent several years as the full time manager of the specialty technicians as she attended grad school part time. Additionally she has been working in the behavior department assisting in behavior consults part time since 2013. In the fall of 2015, Jocelyn graduated from the American College of Applied Science with her Master’s degree in Companion Animal Behavior Analysis and Counseling. In February of 2016, Jocelyn joined the MSPCA/Angell behavior team full time and is currently seeing behavior consults, teaching obedience classes, and assisting with behavior problems in shelter animals. In addition to her formal education and training, Jocelyn has learned a lot from her everyday hands on work with her own dog-reactive dog, Sugar.