Meet Sheryl L. Pierre, PhD
Dr. Sheryl Pierre is a licensed clinical psychologist. She has been combining her career interests in psychology, education and animal welfare since graduate school. Dr. Pierre earned her doctoral degree in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University and participated in a school psychology internship at the Milestone School for Child Development—a special education preschool in Brooklyn, NY. She was a clinical psychology intern at the Hofstra University Student Counseling Center—where she went on to become an on-call crisis intervention counselor for the university.
Dr. Pierre’s interests include working with adolescents and young adults, helping them to build skills to better navigate the changes and decisions required throughout this important stage of life. Her specialized experience has honed her skills in working with clients in crisis situations, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, those requiring intensive therapy within the home, and those who would benefit from traditional outpatient services.
Dr. Pierre incorporates research supported treatment approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Modification Training, as well as Exposure and Response Prevention for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Sessions actively focus on building a variety of skills and promoting their effective use in daily life. Dr. Pierre teaches healthy interventions to help individuals improve communication within relationships, develop healthy thinking patterns, build behavioral and emotional management tools, and better manage the stress and demands of social life, academics, work, and family.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Pierre enjoys teaching within the Animals and Human Health certificate program of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection within the Graduate School of Social Work of the University of Denver (online) and the Anthrozoology Master’s program of Canisius College (online). Her background has included research at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities on a study investigating the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine on the Einstein Aging Study. She also led the Humane Education department of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) where she developed and supervised both education and animal-assisted interaction programs. She was a speaker at a number of local, regional and national animal welfare and education conferences—including American Humane Association, National Middle School Association, Youth Service America, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Association for Gifted Children and the Association of Professional Humane Educators conferences. Dr. Pierre was a media representative for the ASPCA and was interviewed for publications including USA Today and Child Magazine and made television appearances on Good Day New York, NY 1 News and The Today Show.