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Joan M. Engel, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Engel has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of psychology and animal behavior

    WEST ROXBURY, MA, August 13, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Joan M. Engel, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Engel celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With more than 40 years to her credit, Joan M. Engel, Ph.D., has enjoyed various positions, finding success as a Psychologist and Applied Animal Behaviorist. She received the B.A. degree in 1970 from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Upon relocation to New York City, she attended nights at the City College of New York to study psychology while working days as Administrative Assistant. She was a Social Worker for the New York City Department of Social Services. She studied Adlerian Individual psychotherapy at the Alfred Adler Institute, with Drs. Alexandra and Kurt Adler. In 1977, she received the M.A. degree from The New School for Social Research Graduate Faculty and then, Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology from Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. in 1989, where Dr. John F. Walsh was her advisor.

Before receiving the Doctorate, she was a psychotherapy trainee at the Archdiocese of New York clinic. As the Foster Parent Therapist trainer for an innovative social services program, she wrote the "Manual for Foster Parent Training" in 1980, and article "The Parent therapist program: a new approach to foster care of difficult adolescents," Journal of Children and Youth Services Review, 1983. She was an assistant research scientist at New York University, Bellevue Hospital, for medication studies for conduct disorder and autism.

After receiving the Doctorate, Dr. Engel was an adjunct assistant professor of developmental psychology at The City University of New York's Lehman College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the College of Mount Saint Vincent, the College of New Rochelle, and Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. At Block Drug Company in New Jersey, she was a Biostatistician for drug trials and consumer advertising claims support from 1991 to 1994.

Dr. Engel launched a second career in the field of pet dog behavior, as a research methods consultant for Dr. Amy Marder at the ASPCA Animal Behavior Clinic from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Engel credits Dr. Marder as inspirational and influential for her second career. Returning to Boston in 2001, she joined Dr. Marder at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, as research methods consultant, where they published approximately 20 papers, including "Long-term outcome after treatment of feline inappropriate elimination," Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, in 2002. Dr. Engel provided psychological support for grieving pet owners calling in to the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Helpline. She was faculty in developmental psychology in the online Graduate Degree program of North Central University of Prescott, Arizona 2005-2009 and developed a new course in canine behavior.

Dr. Engel was a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Animal Behavior Society, Association of Professional Dog Trainers, American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Dr. Engel has been recognized on numerous occasions for her leadership and contributions. She has been included in several honors publications, including the 60th and 61st editions of Who's Who in America, the seventh and eighth editions of Who's Who in American Education, the first edition of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, the ninth edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering, the fourth edition of Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, and multiple versions of Who's Who of American Women. Dr. Engel was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 7, 1946 to Morris and Thelma Lezar. In her free time, she enjoys nature photography.
Dr. Engel consults with pet dog owners who have a dog with a problematic behavior. She uses the Applied Animal Behavior approach, which does not hurt or frighten animals. This approach draws upon biology, ethology, learning, conditioning and training in order to understand and modify the dogs' behavior. The goal is to facilitate a harmonious and joyful life for the people and their dog.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Engel has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this hono

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