Understanding, Monitoring, and Maintaining the Psychological Health of Research Animals: How Scientific Evidence Can Inform Understanding, Practices, and Policies

Wednesday, March 21
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Delaware AB

In an attempt to improve animal welfare, IACUCs and veterinarians have spent several decades concentrating their efforts on increased compliance and ensuring that the basic needs of animals used in research are met. Conversely, not as much time has been spent on understanding how to use evidence and ongoing scientific research to inform practices and address psychological well-being in all species. This session will include a discussion on the study on psychological processes in other animals and how the findings, theoretical frameworks, and perspectives of psychological science can inform evidence-based practices. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

Allyson J. Bennett, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychology; Faculty Director, Animal Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Senior Editor, Speaking of Research

Allyson J. Bennett, PhD, is a developmental psychobiologist on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison where she teaches courses in experimental psychology, research methods, and animal cognition. Comparative studies by Dr. Bennett and her colleagues have contributed new insights into how interplay between genes and environments affects neurobehavioral development across the lifespan. She is the author of numerous publications on behavior, physiology, genetics, and neurobiology in prosimians, Old World monkeys, and chimpanzees. She also studies how specific features of the environment affect laboratory animals, providing empirical evidence to help inform animal model development and evolving standards for animal welfare, particularly those that also affect scientific outcomes. She is the faculty director of the UW-Madison's Animal Program. Dr. Bennett has served on NIH scientific grant review panels, is past associate editor for Developmental Psychobiology, and a reviewer for a number of other scientific journals. She has a long-standing commitment to public education, dialogue, and engagement about the value and conduct of animal research. She is a senior editor of Speaking of Research, where she has blogged about animal research over the past eight years. Dr. Bennett is former chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Animal Research Ethics and current president of the Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology, APA Division 6.


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Kathleen R. Pritchett-Corning, DVM, DACLAM

Senior Clinical Veterinarian, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Medicine, University of Washington

Kathleen R. Pritchett-Corning, DVM, DACLAM, is a senior clinical veterinarian at the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington. She has more than 20 years' experience in laboratory animal science and medicine, with a focus on animal-based husbandry research. Dr. Pritchett-Corning received her BS and DVM from Washington State University, and she completed her post-doctoral training in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Washington. She has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, including chapters in Laboratory Animal Medicine (3rd edition, Elsevier, 2015) and five volumes of the Charles River Handbook series. Dr. Pritchett-Corning received the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Pravin Bhatt Scientific Excellence Award in 2015. She is a member of the Laboratory Animal Working Group of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Panel on Euthanasia and the AVMA Panel on Depopulation, as well as a member of the Federation for Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) Working Group on Health Monitoring, and the joint AALAS/FELASA Working Group on Health Monitoring of Rodents for Animal Transfer. Dr. Pritchett-Corning has held positions at the University of Washington, the Jackson Laboratory, and Charles River Laboratories. Dr. Pritchett-Corning will give this year's Henry Spira Memorial Lecture.


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Janet D. Stemwedel, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy; Director, Center on Ethics; Nonscientific Member, IACUC
San Jose State University

Janet D. Stemwedel, PhD, is a professor and chair in the Department of Philosophy at San José State University (SJSU). Her teaching and research focus on philosophy of science and ethical issues in scientific research. Dr. Stemwedel has served as the nonscientist member of SJSU’s IACUC since 2007, and became the director of the SJSU Center on Ethics in 2013. Since 2006, she has written about ethics in science, including the ethics of animal research, for outlets including Forbes, Scientific American, and ScienceBlogs. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and philosophy from Wellesley College (1989), and doctorates in physical chemistry (1994) and philosophy (2001) from Stanford University. Dr. Stemwedel is a member of the 2018 IACUC Conference Planning Committee, as well as a member of the PRIM&R Diversity Advisory Group.


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