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About Kenneth J. Shapiro, PhD

Kenneth Shapiro earned his BA from Harvard University and his PhD in clinical psychology from Duke University. He is cofounder of the Animals and Society Institute. He founded Psychologists for the Ethical treatment of Animals and the Society and Animals Forum. He is founder and editor of Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies; cofounder and coeditor of Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; and editor of the Human-Animal Studies book series. His most recent book is Animal Models of Human Psychology: Critique of Science, Ethics and Policy. He is one of the developers of AniCare and AniCare Child, the only psychological treatment models for animal abusers, and trains therapists throughout the country on the use of these models.


2016 - Present Content Contributor, The Animal Studies Repository
2012 - Present President of the Board, Animals and Society Institute
2005 - 2012 Executive Director, Animals and Society Institute
1981 - 2005 Executive Director, Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals


2010 - Present Grant to Animals and Society Institute
Shumaker Family Foundation
2006 - Present Grant to Animals and Society Institute
Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust
2005 Grant to Animals and Society Institute
PetSmart Charities
2004 Grant to Society & Animals Forum
Frederick Leonhardt Foundation
2001 - 2004 Grant to PSYETA
Max Factor Charitable Trust
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2010 - Present Board of Directors, World Animal Awareness Society
2009 - Present Board of Advisors, Humane Research Council
2009 - Present Member, Minding Animals International Committee
2003 - 2008 Board of Trustees, Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Trust
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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Charlotte and Karl Buhler Award


1971 PhD, Duke University ‐ Clinical and Personality Psychology
1965 BA, Harvard University ‐ History and Literature

Research Works (11)