Heather has devoted her life's work to mutually beneficial Human-Animal Interactions. Working for an east coast-based therapy dog organization for several years, evaluating, training, coordinating, and supporting handlers and their dogs as well as creating new visiting therapy dog programs for human health professionals in varying departments of agencies large and small, Heather has a substantial understanding of all aspects of therapy dog programming. In addition to her work in the canine field, Heather also works with equines, having worked as Program Director for a therapeutic equestrian facility in New York, coordinating, creating, and implementing ground-based equine programs. Heather's Master's Thesis, "Optimizing Animal Assisted Interactions within Psychiatric Facilities" won her CUNY Hunter College's Jacob Goldfein award. Heather enjoys keeping up to date with the latest developments in the field of Human-Animal Interactions, having completed multiple post-graduate certificates through several Universities and hands-on learning opportunities.
Doctor of Social Work in Social Welfare - University at Buffalo
Animals and Human Health Certificate - University of Denver
Treating Animal Abuse Certificate - Arizona State University
Post-MSSW Veterinary Social Work Certificate - University of Tennessee
Equine Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate - University of Denver
Certified Canine Fitness Trainer and Master Trainer - University of Tennessee and FitPaws
Certified Level 1 - Equine Experiential Education Association
Certified Professional (MH) - Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association; 2016-2020
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International; 2018-2021
HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response - Team Leader; 2015-2019/ Emeritus Member; 2020-2021
National Animal Assisted Crisis Response - Team Leader; 2012-2017/ Instructor; 2015-2017
Therapy Dogs International Visiting Team
Alliance of Therapy Dogs Visiting Team
The Good Dog Foundation Visiting Team
Delta Society Pet Partners Visiting Team; 2005-2011
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White, H. & Ekholm Fry, N. (2021). Trauma informed care; Taking psychological trauma into consideration in healthcare services. HIPPOTHERAPY Magazine, Winter 2021.
White, H. (2021). Applying a social justice and trauma-informed lens to animal welfare
considerations. The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Journal, 20.
White, H. (2021). Canines, Equines, and Social Work. In L. Kogan, & P. Erdman (Eds.), Career paths in human-animal interaction for social and behavioral scientists. Routledge.
White, H. & Scott, K. (2020). Equine and Animal Assisted Therapies. In N. Harper and W. Dobud (Eds.), Outdoor therapies: An introduction. Routledge.
White, H. (2020). Challenges of Crisis Response Work. In Y. Easton-Stull (Ed.), Animal-assisted crisis response: Specialized canine interventions. NASW Press.
White, H. (2019). In the Presence of Horses; Older Adult Community Embraces EAL. PATH International Strides Magazine, Spring 2019.