Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary

Lindsay Mehrkam, Ph.D, BCBA-D
Postdoctoral Scholar, Human-Animal Interactions, Oregon State University Assistant Professor of Psychology, Monmouth University Professor of Animal Science, Animal Behavior Institute immensely

Dr. Lindsay Mehrkam is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey where she directs the Human & Animal Welfare Collaboratory (HAWC) and the Six Flags Field Experience Program and leads teaching and research programs in applied animal behavior, learning, and well-being. While finishing her Ph.D. in Psychology/Behavior Analysis at the University of Florida’s (UF) Canine Cognition & Behavior Lab, Dr. Mehrkam conducted behavioral research at Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary (BOWS); her Master’s thesis specifically focused on whether interaction with familiar caretakers was enriching to wolves and wolf-dog crosses at BOWS. Her research – which scientifically validated the human interaction strategies used at BOWS for promoting captive wolf and wolfdog care - was published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (a summary of the study by the Animals & Society Institute can be found here). Following her time at UF, Dr. Mehrkam conducted postdoctoral studies at Oregon State University’s Human-Animal Interaction Lab, where she studied humane ways of preventing wolf-livestock conflict to promote wild wolf conservation.

Dr. Mehrkam has published numerous research studies on canine behavior, captive animal welfare, and the value of human-animal interactions as enrichment and has been an invited speaker at both national and international conferences as well as zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, humane societies, and animal advocacy organizations. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for Big Oak Wolf Sanctuary, Dr. Mehrkam is a member of the Research & Evaluation Committee for the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) and serves as the Vice President for the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group through the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Dr. Mehrkam is also a doctoral-level Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and provides clinical and in-home behavioral consultations for both exotic and companion animals as well as individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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