Dr. Maya Gupta

Maya Gupta, PhD earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia, with a predoctoral internship in the Psychology Service at the United States Penitentiary – Atlanta. Her interests focus on connections between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence, particularly family violence, and on using this knowledge to improve coordinated community response to violence in all forms. Her work in the field of human-animal relationships includes previous roles as Executive Director of the Animals & Society Institute and as Executive Director of the Ahimsa House domestic violence safe haven program for animals. She co-chaired the Organizing Committee for the Section on Human-Animal Interaction, previously served as the section’s Chair, and currently serves as its Training Director. Dr. Gupta also serves on the Steering Committee of the National Link Coalition, on the Animal Cruelty Advisory Council of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, as an adjunct faculty member in the Master’s Program in Anthrozoology at Canisius College, and as an instructor for the Veterinary Forensic Sciences program at the University of Florida. She and her husband live north of Atlanta, GA, with seven rescued cats and seven rescued chickens.