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.

Ellen Lindell, VMD, DACVB

Dr. Ellen Lindell 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.

In her spare time, Dr. Lindell treats her own dogs to some fun training. Several of her dogs have earned conformation, obedience, and agility titles. When the pets have turned in for the evening, Dr. Lindell ends her day by playing classical piano.

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.