Mary Lou Randour

CaptureMary Lou Randour is a psychologist, helped found the Section on Human-Animal Interaction, Society of Counseling Psychology, and American Psychological Association and now serves as its Chair. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, received a NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, was a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is an Adjunct Professor in Psychiatry at the The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She is the author of handbooks such as A Common Bond: Child Maltreatment and Animals in the Family, as well as AniCare Child, a treatment approach for children who abuse animals. Dr. Randour has published articles in numerous professional journals as well as written chapters for edited volumes. Her latest contribution “The Psychology of Animal Abuse Offenders,” co-authored with Dr. Maya Gupta, is in the newly released book Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding. She serves on the Steering Committee for Human Animal Interaction of the American Veterinary Medical Association. In her career, Dr. Randour has worked for a federal research funding agency and enjoyed a private practice for almost 20 years. She now devotes her attention to advancing the theory and practice of the study of human-animal interaction. As the Senior Advisor of Animal Cruelty Programs and Training for the Animal Welfare Institute she works in partnership with a number of professional organizations, including the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Research Center on Domestic Violence, and the National Sheriff’s Association. Dr. Randour shares her home with Sabrina, a spirited (i.e., not always easy to walk on a leash) and incredibly attentive dog who she rescued from the Dominican Republic as a puppy.