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William Ellery Samuels, Ph.D.
College of Staten Island
The City University of New York
Room 3S-207A
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10314
(o) 718-982-4130
(f) 718-982-3743
el.samuels@csi.cuny.edu

Occupation

Director of Assessment and Accreditation (Dec., 2007 – present)
Chair, Educational Outcomes Assessment Committee (2008 – present)
School of Education
Also:
Middle States Academic Assessment Coordinator (2011 – 2012)
CAEP & SPA Accreditation Coordinator (2010 – present)
Founding Chair, Academic Outcomes Assessment Committee (2010 – 2013)
Institutional Title II Coordinator (2007 – present)
College of Staten Island
The City University of New York
Staten Island, New York

President
People, Animals, Nature, Inc.
Naperville, Illinois.
Jan., 2006 – Jan., 2008

Director of Humane Education
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
New York, New York
Oct., 2002 – Jan., 2006

Teaching Assistant
Department of Psychology
University of Texas
Arlington, Texas
Aug., 1996 – Aug., 2002

Research Assistant
Department of Psychology
University of Texas
Arlington, Texas
Aug., 1995 – Aug., 2002


Education

2004, Ph.D. in Psychometrics and Experimental Psychology, the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dissertation: Development of a non-intellective measure of academic success: Toward the quantification of resilience.

2000, MS in Experimental Psychology, the University of Texas at Arlington.
Thesis: Influences on conditioned taste aversions tested at different retention intervals: Does latent inhibition develop during long inter-stimulus intervals?

1992, BS in Biopsychology, Juniata College.


Journals

Samuels, W. E., Tournaki, N., Blackman, S., & Zilinski, C. (in press for 2015). Executive functioning predicts academic achievement in middle school: A 4-year longitudinal study. The Journal of Educational Research.

Tournaki, N. & Samuels, W. E. (in press). Do graduate teacher education programs change teachers’ attitudes towards inclusion and efficacy beliefs? Action in Teacher Education.

Gigliotti, E., Cuomo, J., & Samuels, W. E. (in press for December, 2014). Identifying and addressing sources of error in the Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire (NSSQ): A mixed methods approach. Journal of Nursing Measurement.

Bernstein, I., Samuels, E., Woo, A., & Hagge, S. (2013). Assessing DIF among small samples with separate calibration t and Mantel-Haenszel χ2 statistics in the Rasch model. Journal of Applied Measurement, 14(4), 389 – 399. PMID: 24064579.

Meers, L., Martin, S., Samuels, W. E., Ödberg, F. O. & Normando, S. (2013). A survey of equine-assisted intervention programs and welfare implications in the Veneto region (Italy). Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8(2), e1 – e25. doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2012.12.036.

Normando, S., Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., Faustini, M., & Ödberg, F. O. (2011). Variables affecting the prevalence of behavioural problems in horses: Can riding style and other management factors be significant? Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 133, 186 – 196. doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.06.012

Gigliotti, E. & Samuels, W. E. (2011). Use of averaged Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire scores. International Scholarly Research Network: Nursing, Article ID 567280, 6 pages, 2011. doi: 10.5402/2011/567280.

Meers, L., Colman, I., Stefanini, C., Haverbeke, A., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., & Ödberg, F. (2011). Dog regulation in East-Flanders, Belgium. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 6 (1), 92 – 93. doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2010.08.022

Moons, C., Meers, L., Stefanini, C., Normando, S., Van de Leest, L., Samuels, W. E., & Ödberg, F. O. (2009). Review: Relevance of stimuli used in canine behavioural testing with regards to proximal causality of dog bites. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 5(1), 61. doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2009.09.004

Meers, L., Stefanini, C., D’hanens, S., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., Kalmar, I., & Ödberg, F. O. (2009). Is it wise to involve animals in prisons and rehabilitation programs? A study conducted in Flanders, Belgium. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 5(1), 50. doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2009.09.023

Pira, T., Stefanini, C., Meers, L., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., & Ödberg, F. O. (2009). A conceptual study about animal-assisted interventions (AAI) in Antwerp, Belgium. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 5(1), 49 – 50. doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2009.09.024

Normando, S., Meers, L., Salvadorettie, M., Trevisan, C., Samuels, W. E. & Ödberg, F. O. (2010). Equine-assisted intervention programs in Veneto (Italy). Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 5(1), 47 – 48. doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2009.09.030

Nicoll, K., Trifone, C., & Samuels, W. E. (2008). An in-class, humane education program can improve young students’ attitudes towards animals. Society and Animals, 16, 45 – 60. doi: 10.1163/156853008X269881.

Samuels, W. E. (2006). Teaching older people new tricks: Thoughts on effective dog bite prevention. International Society of Anthrozoölogy, 8 (31), 11 – 14.

Reinhartz, J. & Samuels, W. E. (2001). Mining Texas style: A seamless transition—or is it? Forum of the Association for Arid Lands Studies, 17(1), 28 – 35.

Samuels, W. E. & Reinhartz, J. (2000). Teen voices: Insight for fostering prosocial behaviors in school. Teacher Educators’ Journal, 10(1), 11 – 27.


Books

Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., Ödberg, F. O., & Normando, S. (2012). Healing with animals. Volume 4: Selection and training of animals involved in AAIs. Zutendall, Belgium: University Press.

Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., Ödberg, F. O., & Normando, S. (2012). Healing with animals. Volume 3: Housing, management and handling of animals involved in AAIs. Zutendall, Belgium: University Press.

Meers, L., Ödberg, F. O., Samuels, W. E., & Normando, S. (2012). Healing with animals. Volume 2: Ethology. Zutendall, Belgium: University Press.

Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., Ödberg, F. O., & Normando, S. (2011). Healing with animals. Volume 1: An early history and theoretical framework. Zutendall, Belgium: University Press.

Samuels, W. E. (2006). Living science: Humane, student-inquiry science projects for middle and high schools. New York: The ASPCA.


Book Chapters / Encyclopædia Articles / Booklets

Meers, L., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., & Ödberg, F. O. (2013). Caged animals. In Y. Jing (Ed.), Prisons and Prison Systems: Practices, Types and Challenges. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Samuels, W. E. , Meers, L., Coultis, D., & Normando, S. (2009). Blood sports and animals. Encyclopædia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals, 2nd Ed, M. Bekoff and J. Nystrom (Eds.), Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., Normando, S., Degeest, S., & Ödberg, F. O. (2007). Dolphin-assisted interventions & animal-assisted interventions: Possibilities and caveats. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University Press. Booklet created in conjunction with the Mundomar Conference on Ethology and Animal Behaviour, Benidorm, Spain, May 18, 2007.

Samuels, W. E., Meers, L., & Coultis, D. (2007). Animals in Space. Encyclopædia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals, M. Bekoff and J. Nystrom (Eds.), Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Samuels, W. E., Coultis, D., & Meers, L. (2007). Biophilia. Encyclopædia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals (pp. 121 – 123), M. Bekoff and J. Nystrom (Eds.), Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Meers, L., Coultis, D., & Samuels, W. E. (2007). History of animal-assisted therapy. Encyclopædia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals (pp. 1 – 3), M. Bekoff and J. Nystrom (Eds.), Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Samuels, W. E. (2007). Humane education: How to nurture empathy in children. Encyclopædia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals (pp. 680 – 683), M. Bekoff and J. Nystrom (Eds.), Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Samuels, W. E. , Meers, L., & Coultis, D. (2007). Blood sports and animals. Encyclopædia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals (pp. 1317 – 1322), M. Bekoff and J. Nystrom (Eds.), Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Samuels, W. E. & Frey, S. (2007). Animal conservationists. Encyclopædia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals (pp. 263 – 266), M. Bekoff and J. Nystrom (Eds.), Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.


Other Publications

Normando S., Pitteri E., Stefanini C., Meers L., Samuels W.E., Barnard S. (2010). Differences in dogs’ behavioural response of to a standardized situation due to setting. Proceedings of the 2010 European Veterinary Behaviour Meeting, Hamburg: European College of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine—Companion Animals, pp. 218 – 219.

Lambrecht, L., Meers, L., & Samuels, W. E. (2010). Researchers and practitioners work together to assess the welfare of horses involved in wheelchair-buggy driving in Belgium. The Latham Letter, 31 (1), 8 – 11.

Meers, L., Thierens, M., Samuels, W. E., & Ödberg, F. O. (2008). Practitioners, researchers, and educators in Flanders, Belgium, cooperate to establish new developments in animal-assisted interventions (AAIs). The Latham Letter, 29 (2), 14 – 17.

Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., & Coultis, D. (2006). PAN encourages international cooperation between practitioners and researchers in applied investigations of the human animal bond. People, Animals, Nature Newsletter, 2, 1 – 3.

Samuels, W. E., Coultis, D., Meers, L., Normando, S., Ödberg, F. O. (2006). Can an AAI programme improve animal welfare? Proceedings of the VDWE International Congress on Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 119-128.

Samuels, W. E. (2006). Some ways to help prevent dog bites. People, Animals, Nature Newsletter, 2, 5 – 7.

Samuels, W. E. (2005). Dog bite prevention: A pediatrician’s role. New York: The ASPCA.

United Federation of Teachers Humane Education Committee, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (2006). Humane education resource guide. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from United Federation of Teachers Web site: http://www.uft.org/committees/humane-education-committee

Samuels, W. E. (2005). Effective dog bite prevention programs. The Packrat, 75, 1 – 2.

Samuels, W. E. (2004). Learning to care, love and learn. The Latham Letter, 3, 1 – 2. First published as Samuels, W. E. (2004). Learning to care: Why we need humane education. Animal Watch, 24 (2), 45.

Samuels, W. E. (2004). ASPCA share drive: One big teaching machine. Animal Watch, 24 (3), 38.

Samuels, W. E. (2004). Hooked on books: Fostering a lifelong love of books. Animal Watch, 24 (1), 40.

Samuels, W. E. (2003). Curiosity breeds kindness: Teaching techniques for a humane science class. Animal Watch, 23 (4), 19.

Samuels, W. E. (2003). Dangerous games: When “entertainment” teaches the wrong message. Animal Watch, 23 (3), 47.

Samuels, W. E. (2003). Walking the walk: How to model compassion to the children in your care. Animal Watch, 23 (2), 47.

Samuels, W. E. (2003). The inquisitive mind: Teaching children to question their world. Animal Watch, 23 (1) 47.

Various articles, activities, and lessons for www.animaland.org, www.animalessons.org, www.aspca.org, and www.petfinder.com (2002 – 2006).

Sobsey, D., Montgomery, C., Wilkins, D., & Hingsburger, D. (2001). Four sight: The disability community contemplates fate, future, and fear. (W. E. Samuels, Illustrator; S. Chambers, Cartoonist). Eastman, Quebec: Diverse City Press.

Hingsburger, D. (1998). Four feet tall (W. E. Samuels, Illustrator). Eastman, Quebec: Diverse City Press.


Presentations and Workshops

Samuels, W. E., Tournaki, N., Blackman, S., & Zilinski, C. (May 1, 2014). Executive functioning ratings by paraprofessionals predict academic success in a middle school. Poster presented at 46th annual conference of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO), West Dover, Vermont.

Samuels, W. E., Blackman, S., Tournaki, N., & Zilinski, C. (March 15, 2014). BRIEF and BRIEF-SR scores as predictors of academic success in a middle school: Initial findings. Presentation given to the 85th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), Boston, Massachusetts.

Chiriboga, L., Korona, K., Parrucci, C., & Samuels, W. E. (September 21, 2013). Humane education in elementary schools. Presentation and break-out session conducted at the Educating for a Just, Peaceful, & Sustainable Future conference, New York: New York University School of Law.

Gigliotti, E., Como, J., Gamidova, T., & Samuels, E. (March 28, 2012). Revising the Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire. Presentation to be made to the 24th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Eastern Nursing Research Society, New Haven, Connecticut.

Martin, S., Meers, L., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., & Ödberg, F. O. (Oct. 28, 2011). A survey of “equine-assisted intervention (EAI)” programmes and welfare implications in the Veneto Region of Italy. Poster presented at the 7th International Equitation Science Conference of the International Society for Equitation Science, Academy Bartels, Hooge Mierde, Netherlands.

Desloovere, A., Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., Normando, S., & Ödberg, F. O. (Sept. 3, 2011). Animals in psychiatric care: Important or imprudent? Poster presented at the AAIZOO Foundation’s 2nd Annual Animal-Assisted Interventions Conference on Practice, Theory, and Policy, Rhoon, Netherlands.

Normando, S., Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., & Ödberg, F. O. (Nov. 27, 2011). Animals behind bars: A study of rehabilitation programs involving animals in Italian prisons. Paper presented at the 1st Annual Meeting of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM), Avignon, France.

Samuels, W. E. (Dec. 1, 2010). Lessons learned: Experience piloting NCATE’s continuous improvement option. Invited presentation made to Brooklyn College’s School of Education, Brooklyn, New York.

Samuels, W. E. (November 16, 2010). Getting by one day at a time: Insight into the mechanisms of short-term resilience. Presentation made at the annual International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation, Madrid, Spain.

Samuels, W. E. (Sept. 26, 2010). Support for a Wernerian model of resilience is found in the relationship between academic resilience and life barriers. Presentation made at the 2nd International Conference on Education Research, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Samuels, W. E. (Sept. 12, 2010). Research and assessment in animal-assisted interventions: Guidance and implementation. Invited presentation and workshop series made to the People, Animals, Natures’ Human-Animal Conference, Naperville, Illinois.

Samuels, W. E. (Aug. 16, 2010). A smooth(er) continuous improvement visit: Using technology and common sense to our advantage. Invited webinar conducted with Tk20. Webinar attracted (and kept throughout presentation) the largest audience to date of any of the many webinars the company organized.

Meers, L., Van Landuyt, H., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., Dekeyrel, C., & Ödberg, F. (Oct. 2, 2010). Techniques to improve animal welfare during human-animal contact. Presentation made to the 1st International Conference on Animal Welfare Education of the European Commission’s Dictorate of General Health and Consumers, Brussels, Belgium.

Meers, L., Van Landuyt, H., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., Dekeyrel, C., & Ödberg, F. (Oct. 2, 2010). Astral, the home-made-horse: A technique to improve animal welfare during human-animal contact. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology, Hamburg, Germany.

Samuels, W. E. & Carolan, B. V. (May 19, 2010). A smooth(er) NCATE visit. Invited presentation to the School of Education, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York.

Pira, T., Stefanini, C., Meers, L., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., & Ödberg, F. O. (October 29, 2009). A conceptual study about animal-assisted interventions (AAI) in Antwerp, Belgium. Poster presented at the 7th Annual International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology, Edinburgh, UK.

Moons, C., Meers, L., Stefanini, C., Normando, S., Van de Leest, L., Samuels, W. E., & Ödberg, F. O. (October 29, 2009). Review: Relevance of stimuli used in canine behavioural testing with regards to proximal causality of dog bites. Poster presented at the 7th Annual International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting (IVBM) of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology, Edinburgh, UK.

Meers, L., Stefanini, C., D’hanens, S., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., Kalmar, I., & Ödberg, F. O. (October 29, 2009). Is it wise to involve animals in prisons and rehabilitation programs? A study conducted in Flanders, Belgium. Poster presented at the 7th Annual International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology, Edinburgh, UK.

Normando, S., Meers, L., Salvadorettie, M., Trevisan, C., Samuels, W. E. & Ödberg, F. O. (October 29, 2009). Equine-assisted intervention programs in Veneto, Italy. Poster presented at the 7th Annual International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology, Edinburgh, UK.

Samuels, W. E., Yamamoto, N., & Coultis, D. (August 2, 2009). Nurturing empathy throughout childhood. Featured guest at 8th Annual Animal-Assisted Education Conference, Azabu University, Sagamihara, Japan.

Samuels, W. E., Matoba, M., Izawa, M., Arai, S., & Yamamoto, N. (August 2, 2009). Humane education lesson module demonstration and discussion. The feature event of the 8th Annual Animal-Assisted Education Conference, Azabu University, Sagamihara, Japan.

Samuels, W. E., Yamamoto, N., Meers L., Normando S., & Ödberg F. O. (July 29, 2009). The history and current status of animal welfare in the West. Featured guest speaker at Shujitsu Women’s University, Sendai, Japan.

Samuels, W. E., Yamamoto, N., & Coultis, D. (July 27, 2009). Loyal companions, troubled families: Animal-assisted therapy in family contexts. Invited speaker at the Idear Human Support Service Center, Tokyo, Japan.

Samuels, W. E., Ogawa, N., & Coultis, D. (July 26, 2009). Pet solves international dispute: Humane education across cultures. Featured guest speaker at the 8th Annual Symposium on the Human-Animal Bond, Anabuki College, Takamatsu, Japan.

Samuels, W. E. & Carolan, B. V. (April 24, 2009). Streamlining data collection within and across departments for SPA reports. Presentation made to the third annual CSI/CUNY Day of Assessment, Staten Island, New York.

Samuels, W. E. & Woo, A. (April 13, 2009). Validation studies of a measure of academic resilience and the Big Five Personality Inventory. Paper discussion (formerly known as Roundtables) held for the Test Validity Research & Evaluation SIG at the 2009 AERA Annual Meeting, San Diego.

Samuels, W. E. (May, 2009). A non-intellective measure of academic success among college students. Presentation made to the 41st annual conference of the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Nicoll, K. & Samuels, W. E. (December 7, 2007). The impact of animal visitation in an in-class humane education program. Presentation made to the Humane Society of the United States’ National Technology Assessment Workshop on Animal Assisted Programs for Youth at Risk, Baltimore, Maryland.

Meers, L., Normando, S., & Samuels, W. E. (October 15 – 17, 2007). Equine-assisted interventions. Professional development course given at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Maurer, M., Meers, L., Normando, S., Samuels, W. E., Delfour, F., & Ödberg, F. O. (October 2, 2007). Dolphin-assisted interventions: A scientific point of view. Presentation given to the European Parliament, Luxembourg.

Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., Normando, S., Degeest, S., & Ödberg, F. O. (May 18, 2007). Dolphin-assisted interventions: Possibilities and caveats. Paper presented at the Mundomar Conference on Ethology and Animal Behaviour, Benidorm, Spain.

Samuels, W. E. (September 29, 2006). All children great and small: Helping foster kindness in schools and communities. Invited speaker at the American Humane Association’s Annual Conference, Schaumburg, Illinois.

Samuels, W. E., Coultis, D., Meers, L., Ödberg, F. O., & Normando, S. (September 23, 2006). Can an AAI educational programme improve animal welfare? Poster presented at Vlaamse Diergeneeskundige Werkgroep Ethologie’s Animal Welfare and Behaviour Conference, Ghent, Belgium.

Meers, L., Samuels, W. E., Coultis, D., Moons, C., & Ödberg, F. O. (April 16, 2006). Attitudes about death in children, students, and elderly. Presentation made at the Second Annual Human-Animal Conference, Naperville, Illinois. (This is at a conference series I helped create.)

Samuels, W. E. (2005 – 2006). Dog bite prevention: A pediatrician’s role. A series of presentations/workshops for New York City pediatricians.

Samuels, W. E. (July 16, 2005). Community partnerships that work. Presentation made at the First Annual Human-Animal Conference at the Animal Medical Center, New York, New York. (This is at a conference series I helped create.)

Samuels, W. E. (April 18, 2005). Teaching kindness in schools and the community: What works and what doesn’t. Guest lecture made at Saint John’s University, Staten Island, New York.

Samuels, W. E. (March 5, 2005). How we learn to care. Keynote presentation made at the Seventh Annual Humane Education Seminar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.

Samuels, W. E. (February 7, 2005). Animals in violent homes: What they experience and what it means. Presentation made at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York.

Nicoll, K, Trifone, C., & Samuels, W. E. (September 25, 2004). Relative efficacies of components of the We Love Animals! in-class humane education curriculum. Presentation made at the Michigan State University’s Fourth Annual Human-Animal Bond Initiative Conference, Lansing, MI.

Samuels, W. E. (June 20, 2004). Measuring kindness. Presentation made at the First Annual Youth Pet Conference, Tallahassee, Florida.

Samuels, W. E. and Robertson, K (June 11, 2004). Integrating humane education into K – 3 elementary science curricula. Professional development workshop presented in partnership with the Dallas Animal Control to Dallas Independent School District teachers.

Samuels, W. E. (July 19, 2003). Assessing, monitoring, and evaluating humane education programs. Presentation made to the first annual humane education conference at Green Chimneys, Brewster, New York. (This is at a conference I helped create.)

Samuels, W. E. (April 30, 2003). Studying humane education. Presentation made at the first quarterly meeting of the Greater DelMarPa Society in Bensalem, Penn.

Reinhartz, J. & Samuels, W. E. (April 22, 2003). Teachers as leaders: The success of the physical science institute. Paper presented to the 84th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago.

Samuels, W. E. (April 5, 2003). Implementing humane education. Presentation made at the SUNY Delhi Animal Shelter and Humane Society Workshops.

Reinhartz, J. & Samuels, W. E. (February 15, 2003). The Teacher Researcher Academy: Promoting instructional effectiveness through action research inquiry training. Paper presented at the 83rd annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

Bernstein, I. H. & Samuels, W. E., (April, 2002) Cross-national differences in SPQ self-presentation bias of salespeople. Paper presented to the Annual Convention of the Society for Applied Multivariate Research.

Reinhartz, J. & Samuels, W. E. (April 20, 2001). Land reclamation: Texas style. Paper presented to the Western Social Science Association and the Association of Arid Lands Studies, 43rd Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada.

Samuels, W. E. & Reinhartz, J. (April 13, 2001). Advocating teen safety: New perspectives on best practices. Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association, 82nd Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

Samuels, W. E. & Reinhartz, J. (March 2, 2001). Listening to teens’ voices for fostering prosocial behaviors. Paper presented to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 2001 Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas.

Samuels, W. E. & Reinhartz, J. (February 20, 2001). Fostering teen safety through self-efficacy training. Paper presented to the Association of Teacher Educators, 81st Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Reinhartz, J. & Samuels, W. E. (January 29, 2001). Perceived safety and exposure to violence are related to academic success. Poster presented at the Administrator’s Midwinter Conference on Education, Austin, Texas.

Reinhartz, J. & Samuels, W. E. (November 20, 1999). Predictors of violence and anti-social behaviors in after-school programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex: An empirical study. Paper presented to the School of Education, The University of Texas at Arlington.

Jackson, R. L., Samuels, W. E., & Rutledge, M. (1998). Expression of conditioned taste aversion depends on the retention interval. Paper presented to the Southwestern Psychological Association, 44th Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Grants and Funding

Given success of previous Writing Across the Curriculum project, immediately below, was proffered an un-precedented invitation to further develop and expand the project both in scope and evaluative rigor through a second $35,000 grant (2012 – 2013).

Led interdisciplinary team awarded $35,000 to implement a Writing Across the Curriculum grant to create and assess a research-based program to support undergraduate student development (2011 – 2012).

$25,000 in 2010 from the Marian and Robert Kilbreth Foundation for conducting socially conscious, field-based research in adolescent development.

Samuels, W. E. (2005). Inside an Animal Shelter education program, awarded $50,000 grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, teaches animal care through interactive visits to the ASPCA’s shelter facility

$60,000 in 2002 from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust for the creation of Living science: Humane, student-inquiry science projects for middle and high schools (see Books, above).


Research Projects

Current Research Projects
N.B., current projects are detailed in the Research section of my web site.

Statistician, longitudinal study of the factors influencing the development of self- and teacher-efficacy among special education graduate students (2012 – present).

Lead investigator and statistician, role of executive functioning on academic success among New York City public elementary school students (2011 – present).

Lead investigator, efficacy of humane education programs implemented in a small group of New York City public elementary schools (2011 – 2013).

Co-investigator, revision of the Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire (2010 – present).

Co-investigator, modern and traditional psychometric properties of instruments and efficiency of psychometric statistics (2008 – present).

Co-investigator, effects of animal-assisted interventions on the stress of animals (2005 – present).

Co-investigator, best practices in animal-assisted interventions (2004 – present).

Lead investigator, measurement and development of resilience among adolescents and adults (2002 – present).

Completed Research Projects

Lead statistician (overseeing a Ph.D. and an M.D. statistician), prevalence and demographics predictors of metabolic syndrome, in collaboration with the Richmond University Medical Center (2011 – 2012).

Co-designed, supervised, and evaluated all aspects of school-based technology program in all sixth grades classes in 22 New York City middle schools; assessed program for scalability to all grades in all New York City middle schools; project included integrating data from online, self-report surveys and naturalistic observations (Jan. – Sept., 2006).

Lead investigator, longitudinal study of development of morals, attitudes, compassion, and pro-social behavior in elementary and middle school children (2003 – 2007).

Evaluated the efficacy of the New York City Pet Care Outreach Program in eight classes at Title 1 and private elementary schools in New York City (Jan. 8 and 16, 2003).

Consultation and evaluation of violence prevention programs at Dallas-Fort Worth-area YMCAs, YWCAs, and Boys & Girls Clubs (2000 – 2002).

Case studies of resilient teachers in collaboration with Prof. Judy Reinhartz (1999 – 2001).

Graduate Research Assistant, the University of Texas at Arlington, the laboratory of Prof. Ira Bernstein (2001 – 2002). Assisted with advanced psychometric analyses, such as item response theory and differential item functioning.

Investigated effectiveness and best practices of in-service professional development course which taught environmental science through project-based activities.

Assistant, the University of Texas at Arlington. Assisted Judith Reinhartz in the design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of funded course research (June to August, 2001). Course engaged in-service teachers in learner-centered course which taught action research and the basic tenets of constructivism.

Graduate Research Assistant, the University of Texas at Arlington, the laboratory of Prof. Raymond Jackson (August 1995 – 2000). Through various procedures, investigated mechanisms of learning and memory established over long CS-UCS intervals in an animal model.


Teaching

Higher Education

Educational Research (EDD 630 and EDD 631), a two-semester graduate course sequence. Course prepares graduate education students (both those seeking initial and professional teaching certification) with the basics of conducting, understanding, and applying research to classroom and education-related practice (College of Staten Island, 2008 – 2013).

Animal and Environmental Stewardship, co-instructor of a two-semester, hybrid graduate research course addressing animal behavior and management and environmental conservation (The University of Ghent, 2012 – 2013).

Behavior and Motivation (PSYC 3320), an undergraduate course (The University of Texas at Arlington, 2002).

Probability and Statistics (PSYC 2310), an undergraduate course (The University of Texas at Arlington, 1999 – 2002).

Experimental Design (PSYC 2442): Co-designed lectures and content for lecture and laboratory sections, oversaw laboratory sections, and taught lecture section for undergraduate course (The University of Texas at Arlington, 1999 – 2001).

Introductory Psychology (PSYC 1315), an undergraduate course (The University of Texas at Arlington, 1998 – 2001).

Experimental Analysis of Behavior (PSYC 2310): Assistant-taught and tended animals for laboratory (The University of Texas at Arlington, 1996 – 1997).

Professionals and the General Public

Co-designer and co-teacher of animal-assisted intervention course conducted in affiliation with DePaul University; course is conducted in part online. Students include occupational and physical therapists, mental health counselors, nurses, doctors, social workers, educators, and other service practitioners. Topics include implementing community-based programs, scientific evaluation of programs, best practices, development of empathy and compassion, professional ethics, safety, and animal behavior (People, Animals, and Nature, 2005 – 2011).

Designer and teacher of dog bite prevention workshop for pediatricians in New York City. Companion text is the highly-acclaimed Dog bite prevention: A pediatrician’s role (ASPCA, 2005).

Co-designer of ASPCA Kids series of national workshop modules and companion materials for teachers, parents, educators, and community-based leaders to nurture compassion and pro-social behavior in children and young adults (ASPCA, 2005).

Co-designer of approximately 120 lessons and activities (and teacher of about 40 of these) integrating animals and nature into social studies, math, science, language arts, and arts instruction for students aged 5 – 16 in public schools in Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and Philadelphia; most subsequently published and/or made available online (ASPCA, 2002 – 2006).

Co-designer of project-based curriculum for humane education summer camp conducted in partnership with the Staten Island Children’s Museum (ASPCA, 2004 – 2005).

Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade

Designer and teacher of in-service, professional development workshop for New York City School District; conducted with about 300 elementary teachers in total (ASPCA, 2004 – 2005).

Designer and co-teacher of 15-unit, in-service, professional development module integrating humane education into elementary science curricula. Presented for entire Dallas Independent School District (ASPCA, 2004).

Co-designer of project-based series of lessons and activities for Girl Scout Scholars program in New York City (ASPCA, 2003 – 2005).

Designed and implemented student-centered, service-learning program to nurture prosocial behavior using self-efficacy- and resilience-based practices with groups of at-risk teens through Dallas Boys & Girls Clubs (Arlington, Texas, 2001 – 2002).

Prepared young adults for the General Equivalency Degree; my students obtained the center’s highest pass rates (YMCA, Arlington, Texas, 2000 – 2002).

Summer Science Institute: Experimental Psychology; Chosen among all psychology graduate students to design and teach this high-profile program to expose exceptional middle and high school students to psychology in general and at UTA in particular. The program focused on hands-on learning (The University of Texas at Arlington, 2001).

Taught SAT and PSAT preparation in various high schools to 9th to 12th grade classes (2000 – 2001, between 5 and 44 students per class); tutored pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry to various high school students (2000 – 2001, between 1 and 4 per group), the Teaching Company, Arlington, Texas.

Tutored literacy one-on-one (Harrisburg, Penn., May, 1993 – August 1993).

Tutored preparation for the General Equivalency Degree (Harrisburg, Penn., June 1992 – November 1994).

Assistant teacher of English as a Second Language: Instructed classes of beginner to intermediate levels (Catholic Charities, Harrisburg, Penn., June 1991 – November 1991).


Consultancies, Reviews, Appointments, & Committees

Consultancies

Contracted to evaluate “EAGER: Participatory Cyber Security Learning through Dramatic Role Playing,” a cyber-security education program for college students conducted by Prof. Soon Ae Chun (2014 – 2015).

Consultant, statistical analyses (primarily structural equation modeling) for research on patients’ perceptions of experiences with health care providers (2013 – present).

Consultant, program evaluation for ACTAsia’s Caring for Life humane education program implemented in dozens of Chinese elementary schools with hundreds teachers and thousands of students over several years (2013 – present).

Research consultant for Prof. Ellen-ge Denton, who is investigating the development of orphaned children in Guyana (2013 – present).

Consultant, discrete and longitudinal evaluation of education programs conducted by the Detroit Zoological Society (2011 – 2013).

Consultant, the Society for the Study of Human-Animals Relations (2009 – present).

Consultant, program evaluation for Yourou, the Japanese Society for Animal-Assisted Education and Therapy, and the Society for the Study of Human-Animals Relations (2009 – present).

Consultant, Japan SPCA (2004 – 2006).

Consultant for Meow Mix for the creation of Mr. Meow Visits an Animal Shelter (2004 – 2006).

Reviews

Reviewer, Journal of Educational Psychology (2014 – present).

Reviewer, Journal of Nursing Measurement (2014 – present).

Reviewer, Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin (2012 – present).

Methodology Reviewer, Medication Aides/Assistant Knowledge Survey for the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (2011).

Reviewer, third edition of Research Methods: Learning to Become a Critical Research Consumer by Martella, Nelson, & Marchand-Martella and published by SAGE Publications (2011).

Methodology Reviewer, Medication Aides/Assistant Job Analysis Study for the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (2011).

Methodology Reviewer, Nurse Aide Knowledge Survey for the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (2010).

Reviewer, New England Education Research Organization’s 42nd Annual Conference, held May 7 – 9, 2010.

Reviewer, second edition of Research Methods: Learning to Become a Critical Research Consumer by Martella, Nelson, & Marchand-Martella and published by SAGE Publications (2009).

Reviewer, New England Education Research Organization’s 41st Annual Conference, held May 6 – 8, 2009.

Reviewer, Health Education Research (2007 – 2013).

Reviewer, Journal of School Health (2007 – 2012).

Reviewer, Health Promotion Practice (2007 – 2012).

Reviewer, The Canadian Journal of Sociology (2007).

Appointments, Etc.

Session Chair, Disability Research and Practice Paper Presentations, 46th annual conference of the New England Educational Research Organization, West Dover, Vermont (May 1, 2014).

Appointed by the president to the “Foundations of Excellence” college evaluation initiative to investigate many aspects of first-year students’ experiences to increase both retention and graduation rates (2012 ‐ 2014).

Member, College Web Redesign Core Group, one of eight people chosen to lead the final stages of the redesign of CSI’s website (2013).

Co-director of implementation of the Teacher Performance Assessment evaluation at the College of Staten Island (2012 – present).

Appointed by Associate Provost of Institutional Effectiveness to the Middle States Steering Committee (2011 – present).

Appointed Specialty Professional Association (SPA) Coordinator for the College of Staten Island (2010 – present).

Appointed NCATE Coordinator for the College of Staten Island (2010 – present).

Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) Advocate, campus-wide Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation Committee for the College of Staten Island (Appointed by the President, 2010 – 2012).

Appointed Title II Coordinator for the College of Staten Island (2007 – present).

Elected to the Board of Directors of People, Animals, and Nature (December, 2005 – present); appointed as Director of Research and Evaluation (January, 2006 – present); elected President (January, 2004 – January, 2007).

Elected to the Harmony Institute Campus Advisory Board (2005 – 2007).

Judge, New York City Science Expo (2004 and 2005).

Elected to the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Friends of New York Humane Education Academy (April 15, 2004 – present).

Elected to the Academic Review Board of the Harmony Neighborhood School (June, 2003 – August, 2006).

Session Chair, University of Texas at Arlington. Sixth Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (April 5, 2000).

Class President, Juniata College, 1988 – 1989 academic year.

Committees

Member, Committee for the Development of 34,000 Degrees, a project to increase the number of Staten Islanders with advanced degrees to 34,000 in 10 years (2014).

Member, Search Committee for Director of Assessment for the College of Staten Island (2013 – 2014).

Unanimously voted member of the college-wide Committee on Organization for the College of Staten Island (2011 – present).

Appointed member of the committee creating and overseeing the 8th annual Day of Assessment, College of Staten Island/CUNY (2011).

Unanimously voted Chair of the Campus-Wide Academic Outcomes Assessment Committee for the College of Staten Island (2010, 2011, & 2012); member, 2013 – present.

Member, Standard 7 Sub-Committee of the Middle States Accreditation Committee for the College of Staten Island (2010 – 2011).

Member, Search Committee for Director of Institutional Research for the College of Staten Island (2009 – 2010).

Member, Search Committee for Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness for the College of Staten Island (2008 – 2009).

Chair, Assessment Committee, College of Staten Island (2007 – present).

Member, Teacher Education Advisory Committee, College of Staten Island (2007 – present).

Member, Partnership Advisory Committee, College of Staten Island (2007 – present).

Member, Undergraduate Childhood Education Program Admissions Committee and Undergraduate Adolescence Education Program Admissions Committee, College of Staten Island (2007 – present).

Member, Doctoral Committee for Lieve Meers, Department of Animal Nutrition, Genetics, Production and Ethology; University of Ghent, Belgium (2005 – 2009).


Miscellany

Included in Who’s Who in American, 2015. It’s still a legit thing, right?

Provided guidance on statistical analyses of large, field-based investigation of the incidence of metabolic syndrome conducted through a partnership of the College of Staten Island and Richmond University Medical Center (2011).

Oversaw total revision of the design and content of CSI’s Education Department web site in 2010; maintained the site from 2010 – 2014.

Contributing content and advise (as well as wrote most of the initial html and css code) for therapiemetdieren.be, a joint collaboration currently between Simona Normando of the University of Padua, Lieve Meers and her colleagues centered in the Laboratory of Ethology at the University of Ghent, and me. “Therapie met dieren” means “therapy with animals” in Dutch; the goals of the website are to provide objective, research-based guidance of the rather headless field of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) and to serve as a focal point for AAI professionals to meet, share ideas, and develop relationships (2010 – present).

With Prof. Brian Carolan, prepared for and oversaw 2010 NCATE continuing accreditation visit of the College of Staten Island’s School of Education. As a result of this visit, department maintained full accreditation and all previously-sited areas for improvement for all standards were removed and only two very minor new areas for improvement (integrating a piece of diversity information from fieldwork into the larger assessment system and providing a private space for adjunct faculty to consult with students) were added.

Co-coordinator, annual Celebration of Research graduate student conference at the College of Staten Island (2008, 2009, and 2010).

Co-promoter (with Drs. Meers and Normando) of Master’s thesis completed at Ghent University by Femke Lambrecht entitled “Studie naar welzijnsparameters voor paarden ingezet in rolstoelmennen, een vorm van ‘Interventies met assistentie van paarden’.” This research investigated the well-being of horses used in animal-assisted activities (2008 – 2010).

With Prof. Eleni Tournaki, prepared for and oversaw 2007 NCATE focused accreditation visit of the College of Staten Island’s School of Education. (Visit was focused on Standard 2: Assessment.) As a result of this visit, all previously-sited areas for improvement were removed and no new areas for improvement were sited.

Science advisor for Animal Handlers in Animal Assisted Intervention Programmes, a graduate class at the University of Gent, Belgium.

Project leader for partnership with Scholastic on Clifford the Big Red Dog DVD, poster, and lessons (2005 – 2006).

Project leader for The Compassionate Curriculum which integrates humane education into grades K – 8 through learner-centered classroom, out-of-class, and service learning projects.

Co-creator with People, Animals, and Nature, Inc. and the Animal Medical Center of the first (July 16, 2005, Animal Medical Center, New York City) and second (April 25, 2006, Oakbrook Hilton Gardens, Illinois) annual People, Animals, and Nature Conference.

Lead designer for Strawberry Shortcake pet care PSA, poster, and online games (previously available online at http://www.animaland.org/asp/games/shortcake/index.asp) (2005).

Testimony presented to Connecticut Environment Committee on bill proposing integration of humane education into school curricula (February 25, 2005).

Led design of Animalessons (www.animalessons.org) website (2004 – 2005).

Led major revisions and redesign of Animaland (www.animaland.org) website (2003 – 2005); having garnered no acclaim before revisions, it subsequently won the following awards:

Co-creator with Green Chimneys of first Humane Education Conference at Green Chimneys Main Campus, Brewster, New York (July 17, 2003).

Animal Caretaker, the University of Texas at Arlington. Supervised and assisted in the complete, continual maintenance and husbandry of up to 400 rats in the UTA rat vivarium (1995 – 2000).


Organization Memberships

Current

Past


Computer Literacy

Statistical Analysis
SPSS v. 21.0; R (current); SAS v. 9.1; LISREL v. 9.1; Winsteps v3.72.3; Multilog v. 7.0; IRTLRDIF v. 2; and HLM v. 7.

Office and Operating Systems
LibreOffice v. 4.3.x (& OpenOffice.org v. 3.3); Microsoft Office (up to 2013); GNU/Linux Ubuntu v. 14.04 (also current builds of the Kubuntu and Bodhi OSs); Microsoft Windows (up to 8.1); Mac OS X.

Educational and Assessment
Blackboard (current); SMART Board 800i and 800 series; Tk20 HigherEd (current).

Web Development and Miscellaneous
HTML 5; CSS 2.1 and some elements of 3; PHP 5.4; Atari 7800.


Media Contacts

News 12, Connecticut (August 26, 2005).

Focus 580, Urbana, Illinois (Feb. 25, 2005).

Women’s World (Sept. 24, 2004).

Record-Journal, Wallingford, Connecticut (June, 2004).

The Tallahassee Democrat (June 15, 2004).

Parents Express (May 28, 2004).

Rare Breeds International (April, 2004).

The Chapin School, Doylestown, Penn. (Dec. 22, 2003).

The Arizona Daily Star (Nov. 20, 2003).

The Knoxville News Sentinel (Oct. 23, 2003).

The Family Education Network (Oct. 20, 2003).

The Tennessian (Sept. 15, 2003).

The Daily News (Sept. 4, 2003).

Education Week (May 21, 2003).

Dog Fancy (Jan. 24, 2003).


Certifications & Awards

Recognized by the president of the College of Staten Island for outstanding scholarship that has brought distinction to the college (2009, 2011, & 2012).

Academic Excellence Award (April 3, 2000).

University Scholar of Excellence (April 14, 1997).