Dr. Aviva Vincent, PhD, LMSW

Dr. Aviva Vincent, PhD, LMSW
Biography: 

Aviva Vincent is a doctoral graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Social Welfare in veterinary social work. Her research focuses on the biological impact that animals have on children, specifically in the reduction on fear and anxiety in stressful situations. Additionally, her research includes integration of biomarker and biofeedback measures in social science research (e.g. saliva collection for measures of oxytocin, alpha-amylase, and cortisol). Her background in veterinary social work informs her practice as the Director of Program Quality at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. In this capacity, she is responsible for the ensuring high-quality programs in adaptive riding, hippotherapy, carriage driving, and ground lessons offered to over 1,000 participants annually. She is an instructor of macro course-work at Case Western Reserve University in the Mandel School of Social Work, and teaches Animal Assisted Interventions in the University of Tennessee in the Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program. Aviva is founder and co-chair of the human-animal interactions workgroup with National Association of Social Workers, Ohio chapter. The workgroup is a strong advocate for the creation of a statewide cross-reporting system for interpersonal violence and animal abuse. When not engaged in the work setting, Aviva can be found training for triathlons, walking her dog at Shaker Lakes, or reading a good book.