Dr. Valerie Chalcraft received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Animal Behavior) from the University of Nevada, Reno. In graduate school, she studied the behavior and welfare of animals in laboratory and farmed environments and studied how an enriched environment impacts the behavioral and linguistic development of captive chimpanzees. She has created enrichment protocols for chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys and a variety of small mammals. For over a decade, Dr. Chalcraft has consulted on companion animal behavior problems in the homes of clients as well as in animal shelters. She has extensive experience with fears, phobias and aggression in both dogs and cats. Dr. Chalcraft has consulted with a variety of companies on the welfare of a wide variety of species in laboratories. She has successfully controlled the feral cat population in one Chicago neighborhood through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and has extensive experience socializing feral cats. She has written on human-elephant conflict (HEC) and solutions. Dr. Chalcraft is a Professor of Animal Science at the Animal Behavior Institute.
Animal Welfare, Animal Behavior, Applied Animal Behavior, Primatology, Comparative Psychology, Animal Communication and Comparative Language Development, Gestural Communication, Human-animal conflict.