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Clinical Professor at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work

Founder and Executive Director of Institute for Human-Animal Connection at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work

Founder and Coordinator of Animal-Assisted Social Work certificate program for Master of Social Work students at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work

Founder and Director of Animals and Human Health Professional Development Certificate Program

Specialty Master of Science in Social Work focusing on bio-affiliative connection between people and animals

Research, scholarship, presentation, teaching, consultation, networking and clinical practice focusing on at-risk populations, social justice, strength and resiliency models of human-animal interaction, conservation, bio-ethics, human ecology, international and environmental social work


University of Chicago Laboratory School, Chicago, Illinois, 1979

Independent Major of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1985

Academic Certificate in Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, School of Criminal Justice, Boston, Massachusetts, 1986

Master of Science in Social Work, University of Wisconsin, School of Social Work, Madison, Wisconsin, 1987


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, #991061, Colorado, 1993


Clinical Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 2011-present

Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 2003-2011

Faculty Supervisor, Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Prescription Program, 2016-Present

Faculty Chairperson, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 2014-2016

Faculty Senate, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 2014-2017

Faculty Senate, Student Relations Committee, University of Denver, 2014 – 2017

Adjunct Professor, University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology Denver, Colorado, 2014-present

Affiliate Faculty, Human-Animal Interaction Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 2013-present

Affiliate Faculty, Center for Human-Animal Relationships, Academic Center for the Study and Applications of the Human-Animal Interface, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine 2013-present

Faculty Mentor, Eco- Conscious Student Organization, Graduate School of Social Work, Denver, Colorado 2012- present

Faculty Mentor, Jane Goodall - Roots and Shoots University of Denver Chapter, Denver, Colorado 2013-present

Faculty Representative, Technology Committee, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, 2015- 2017

Title IX Search Committee Member, University of Denver, University of Denver, 2015


Founder and Executive Director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

Consultant, Oxford Scientific Films, Animal Planet

Project Consultant, Animal/Human Violence Offender Link, American Humane Association

Co-Founder, Clinical Services, Offender Technologies 2004-2014
Co-Founder, Clinical Services, Economic Crime Offender Services

Subject Matter Expert, Curriculum Developer and Trainer, Institute for Families, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

Clinical Consultant, Colorado Christian Home Tennyson Center for Children and Families, Denver, Colorado

Clinical Services Administrator/Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain Care Systems, Inc., Denver, Colorado

Project Consultant, Animal/Human Violence Offender Link Typologies, American Humane Association, Englewood, Colorado

Clinical Administrator, Hand Up Homes For Youth Inc., Grand Junction, Colorado, Nix Creek, North Carolina and Reno, Nevada

Clinical Director and Therapist, Teaching Humane Existence Inc., Denver, Colorado

Clinical Consultant and Trainer, Jefferson Hills, Lakewood, Colorado

Clinical Consultant, Youthtrack Inc., Denver, Colorado

Clinical Consultant, Boulder Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation, Boulder, Colorado

Founder, Resource Center for High Risk Youth, Denver, Colorado

Founder and Clinical Director, Sexual Offense Resource Services, Denver, Colorado

Clinical Consultant, Shiloh Home Residential Child Care Facility, Denver, Colorado

Clinical Consultant, Community Living Centers, Denver, Colorado

Administrator of Clinical Services
Clinical Director of Sexual Offender Services
Assistant Clinical Director
Treatment Coordinator and Clinical Therapist
Wilderness Course Director
Peak Challenge Mountain Medical Coordinator
Director of Therapeutic Horsemanship and Animal Assisted Therapy Program

Emily Griffith Center, Residential Child Care Facility, Larkspur, Colorado

Clinical Therapist and Contract Therapist, Child, Adolescent, Adult and Family Therapy, Child Abuse Investigation, Evaluation and Assessment, Denver, Colorado

Clinical Services and Contract Therapist, Colorado Department of Youth Services, Denver, Colorado

Research Specialist and Founding Partner, Alternatives, Advocacy, Investigation and Sentencing Options, Madison, Wisconsin

Juvenile Court Counselor, Dane County, Wisconsin Juvenile Detention, Madison, Wisconsin

Research Assistant, Dane County Mental Health Center, Teen Suicide/Depression Project, Madison, Wisconsin

Medical Ski Patrol, Sunday River Ski Area, Bethel, Maine

Instructor, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Special Programs, Project S.T.E.P. South & North Special Programs (Short Term Elective Program), Adjudicated Youth, State of Florida, Yulee, Florida

Program Director, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Special Programs, Outward Bound Directive, Bethel, Maine

Advisor and Lead Instructor, Tellurian Community, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, Wilderness Wagon Train, Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin

Veterinary Technician, University of Wisconsin Large Animal Veterinary Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin

Residential Counselor, New Concepts Foundation for the Handicapped, Madison, Wisconsin

Head Instructor, Recreation and Instruction for Disabled Equestrian (R.I.D.E.), Madison, Wisconsin


Africa Network for Animal Welfare, USA, Board President Application Review Committee, Colorado Sexual Offender Management Board, Chairman (retired)

Association of Experiential Education (AEE), Member

Center for Animal Human Relationships at Virginia College of Veterinary Medicine, Advisor and Affiliate Faculty

People Pet Partnership- Center for the Study of Animal Well-Being, College of Veterinary Medicine – Affiliate Faculty

Washington State Veterinary School – Affiliate Faculty

Colorado Association for Families and Children Agencies (CAFCA), Member

Colorado Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (CO-ATSA), Member

Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers (CAACO), Member

Colorado Fire Fighters Association, Member

Colorado Sexual Offender Management Board, Appointed Board Member (retired)

Colorado Sexual Offender Management Board, Evaluator and Treatment Provider (retired)

Horses and Humans Research Foundation, Ambassador

Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) and Morris Animal Foundation Grant Distribution Committee, Chairman

International Association of Anthrozoology (ISAZ), Member

International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO), Member

National Association of Forensic Social Workers, Member

National Association of Social Worker (NASW), Member

National LINK Coalition, Member

Pet Partners National, Board Member (retired)

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), Member

Southern Poverty Law Center, Member

Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys, Advisory Board


Certified Animal Cruelty Evaluator and Treatment Provider, Anicare Adult and Anicare Child, 2005

Listed Treatment Provider/Forensic Evaluator- Youth, Colorado Sexual Offender Management Board, 2003

Listed Treatment Provider/Forensic Evaluator, Colorado Sexual Offender Management Board-Adult, 2003

Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, WEMT


Excellence in Teaching Award for Appointed Faculty, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, 2011-2012


World Animal Day – Colorado Ambassador, 2015
Pikes Peak Humane Law Enforcement, Special Operations Response Team
Palmer Lake Fire Department, First Responder
Tri-Lakes Domestic Violence Task Force
National Organization of Male Abuse Survivors
Emergency Ambulance Rescue Service, EMT, Bethel, Maine
Saint Francis Street Outreach Canine program

10/2017 Human-Canine One Health Connection, African Welfare Conference - The Nexus Between Animal Welfare, Environment and Development: Safe Guarding Our Common Destiny, United Nations Environmental Program & African network for Animal Welfare, Nairobi, Kenya

9/2017 Social Science Informed Animal Welfare - The AARAT: Animal Abuse Risk Assessment Tool and Forensic Animal Maltreatment Evaluation, Colorado Animal Protection Conference, Colorado Animal Control Officers & Colorado Association of Animal Welfare Agencies, Blackhawk, Colorado

9/2017 Pathways 2017: Our Shared Future- New frameworks toward a just and compassionate human presence on Earth- Confronting Our Relational Poverty by Embracing Our Relationship with Other Animals, Colorado State University, Human-Dimensions of the Environment, Estes Park, Colorado

7/2017 The Future of Autism: The Front Range Center for Neurodiversity, 49th Annual Autism Society National Conference and Exposition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

6/2017 Race and ethnicity are not primary determinants in utilizing veterinary services in underserved communities in the United States: a retrospective database analysis, International Society for Anthrozoology Annual Conference, UCLA, CA

3/2017 The Therapeutic Role of Animals in the Lives of Children, National Association of Social Workers, Specialty Practice Section, Webinar Series, Online

3/2017 Ignoring Nature No More-The New Work of the Social Sciences; Collaborative Resilience and Social Problem Solving in One Health, Brain Round, Graduate School Professional Psychology & The Center for Professional Development, University of Denver, Denver Colorado

8/2016 Time Well Spent: Exploring our Special Connection with Animals, University of Wisconsin- Madison; WisCares, Madison, Wisconsin

5/2016 Pets and Families- Children co-exposure to Family Violence and Animal Abuse, CCADV & CCASA: Colorado Advocacy in Action, Vail, Colorado

1/2016 Human Ecology, Wildlife Conservation and One Health Issues in Africa, Pathways 2016: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fisheries and Wildlife Management: Colorado State University, Nanyuki, Kenya

10/2015 Preparing Social Workers to Address Pet loss, Bereavement, and Related Stress,
Council for Social Work Education - 61st Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado

10/2015 Collaboration and Pedagogy in International Social Work Education, Council for Social Work Education, - 61st Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado

10/2015 The New work of the Social Sciences in One Health: Collaborative Resilience and Problem Solving, Global Risk Forum, United Nations, Davos, Switzerland

9/2015 Natures Social Union: Global Perspectives on the Human-Animal Bond, Academic Center for the Study and Applications of the Human-Animal Interface, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VA, USA

7/2015 Sharing the Company of Animals- Exploring the Human-Animal Connection, Sigma Xi, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA

7/2015 Growing Together: Kids, Animals and Sowing the Seeds of Resiliency, Live Love Animals: International Conference on the Care of All Animals, Kobe, Japan


The Colorado Link Project- Ongoing
This study works toward developing sustainable efforts at data collection assessing the prevalence of animal abuse in Colorado. The collaboration defines existing practices and describes how current animal abuse issues are addressed from initial report to final disposition. Ongoing aspects of the project focus on development of discipline specific toolkits and curriculum to assist in the effective management of animal abuse in Colorado.

Canine Healers- Active
This study is examining the impact of a specialized trauma informed canine therapy intervention program at a residential treatment program for girls. Excelsior is a Metro Denver-based treatment center for youth. Canine Healers is a group trauma therapy that incorporates therapy dogs as complementary support. Trauma protocol manualized in 2015 by GSSW students. RCT study design approved by DU IRB and 1 round of data collection completed. Study on hold pending organizational changes at Excelsior.

IRISE- Active
Awarded by the University of Denver’s The Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality. The study, Cultural restoration, humane education and addressing free roaming dog populations on Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota. The study utilizes a One Health approach to investigate the intersections between traditional and contemporary local attitudes and knowledge of dogs and other animals; the ideal intervention location, age and content of a humane education program; and the size of the dog population, its health impacts and current and needed resources to address the problem.

Internationalization Programs at GSSW -
Collection & publication of video resources to expand GSSW international course curriculum and overseas partnerships- Focus on Social Work in Kenya

­ The Green Chimneys Study - In Development
The broad hypothesis for this research agenda is that Green Care concepts implemented by Green Chimneys impact its students’ academic and behavioral performance through Positive Youth Development (PYD) measures. (GC) is a special education school for children with severe psychosocial issues that incorporates animal- and horticulture-based interventions throughout its programming. GC and IHAC have partnered to research the impacts of the nature-based interventions on the clinical outcomes of the students. Positive youth development (PYD) is being used as the framework for documenting and researching the interventions. A collaboration was established with PYD researchers at Tufts University (Megan Mueller and Richard Lerner). GSSW students conducting field research to document programs.

Evaluating Sustainability Educational and Vocational Programs in Prisons Washington State This study is entitled: Measuring the Mechanisms and Outcomes of Endangered Species Programs on Offenders and Staff. The study will examine Potential mechanisms of influence of animal and horticultural education and vocational programs on pro-social behavior for offenders and job satisfaction for prison staff increased empathy and self-efficacy and decreased anxiety.

Washington State Prison Dog Programs(WADOC) has dog-training programs in all 10 of its prison facilities. A study is being conducted to measure in-prison outcomes (infraction rates) for inmates participating in these programs compared to inmates who do not. A package of validated self-report instruments that measure empathy, self-efficacy and anxiety will be used to attempt to identify the mechanisms behind any differences in outcomes. DU IRB and WADOC Research Committee approval granted June 2016. Data collection in WA targeted for August 2016.

Pets for Life- Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the largest and most influential animal welfare organization in the US. IHAC is studying the impacts of their Pets for Life programs on pets and their owners in 39 lower socioeconomic communities across the US. In another study, the drivers behind pet restrictions in rental properties are being studied for HSUS’ Pets Are Welcome program.


Morris, K.N., Evans, R., Smith, S., Loughney, K. and Tedeschi, P. (2017). Oklahoma Humane Society Compassion Center Economic Impact Study. Report to Watershed Animal Fund.

Smith, S., Camacho, B., Tedeschi, P. and Morris, K.N. (2017). Trends in intake and outcome data for animal shelters in Colorado, 2000-2015 – another eight years out. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, in press.

Sparks, J.L.D., Camacho, B., Tedeschi, P. and Morris, K.N. (2017). Race and ethnicity are not primary determinants in utilizing veterinary services in underserved communities in the United States: a retrospective database analysis. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, in press.

Tedeschi, P., Elvove, E., and Harland, B. (2017). Human. In J. Urbanik and C. Johnston (Eds.), Humans and Animals: A geography of coexistence (1st ed., pp. 191). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Fine, A.Tedeschi, P. Elvove, E. (2015). Forward Thinking: The Evolving Field of Human-Animal Interaction, Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal Assisted Interventions.( Chapter 3 pp 21-34) London, UK: Elsevier - Academic Press. 4rd Edition. 

Tedeschi, P. Sisa, Meredith L. Daley-Olmert, M. Parrish-Plass, N. Yount, R. Elvove, E. (2015). Treating Human Trauma with the Help of Animals: Trauma Informed Intervention for Child Maltreatment and Adult Post-Traumatic Stress, Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal Assisted Interventions.( Chapter 22 pp. 305-317) London, UK: Elsevier - Academic Press. 4rd Edition. 

Tedeschi, P. Pearson, J.A, Bayly, D, Fine, A. (2015). On- call 24/7 - The Forward Thinking: The Emerging Roles of Service and Support Animals,  Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal Assisted Interventions.( Chapter 23 pp.321-331) London, UK: Elsevier - Academic Press. 4rd Edition. 

Tedeschi, P (2015). Methods for Forensic Maltreatment Evaluations, In Animal Maltreatment, Levitt, L. Patronek, G. and Grisso, T. (Chapter 11), Oxford University

Tedeschi, P, Bexell, S.M., & Nesmith, J. (2012). Conservation Social Work: The Interconnectedness of Biodiversity Health and Human Resilience. In M. Bekoff (Ed.) Ignoring Nature No More. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Boggs, J., Tedeschi, P., & Ascione, F. R. (2010). Animal assisted approaches to child and adolescent mental health. In C. L. Norton (Ed.), Innovative interventions in child and adolescent mental health, (pp. 96-124), New York: Routledge.

Tedechi, P., Fine, A. H., & Helgeson, J. (2010). Assistance animals: Their evolving role in psychiatric service applications. In A. Fine (Ed.), Handbook on animal-assisted therapy, (pp. 421-441), Salt Lake City, UT: Academic Press.

Ascione, F. R., McCabe, M. S., Philips, A., & Tedeschi, P. (2010). Animal abuse and developmental psychopathology: Recent research, programmatic, and therapeutic issues and challenges for the future. In A. Fine (Ed.), Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy, (pp. 357-400), Salt lake City, UT: Academic Press.

Trujillo, K., Tedeschi, P., & Williams, J. H. (2010). Research meets practice: Issues for evidence-based training in Human-Animal Interaction.. In P. McCardle, S. McCune, J. A Griffin, L. Esposito, & L. S. Freund (Eds.), Animals in our lives: Human-animal interaction in family, community, & therapeutic settings, (pp. 199-215), Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.

Tedeschi, P. (2009). Reflections Journal - Three Perspectives/One Service Dog- The Human/Animal Bond; Narratives in Professional Helping, Department of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach.

Tedeschi, P., Fitchett, J., & Molidor, C. E. (2005). The incorporation of animal-assisted interventions in Social Work education, Journal of Family Social Work, 4, 59-77.

Tedeschi, P. (2000). Animal Cruelty and Abuser Screening Typologies & Intervention Protocols, Copyright April 2000

Tedeschi, P. 1997 Revised April 2000 Treatment Progress Scale Revised (TPSr) Research Tool, Copyright 1997

Tedeschi & Nelson (2000)., Containment Evaluation Research and Risk Assessment Tool, Submitted to (CSOM), Center for Sexual Offender Management Research Committee

Tedeschi, P. (2000). Animal Cruelty and Abuser Screening Typologies & Intervention Protocols, Copyright 2000, Unpublished.

James Smith and Philip Tedeschi, 1998 Come Join the Circle, Containment Theory Applied, Frontiers of Justice, Volume II Coddling or Common Sense, Biddle Publishing Company, Brunswick, Maine

Tedeschi, P., 1992, Guideline for Working with Persons Having Psychiatric and Emotional Disabilities: Therapeutic Riding Programs, Instruction and Rehabilitation. A Handbook for Instructors and Therapists. Barbara T. Engel Therapy Services.

Tedeschi, P., 1992, The Most Commonly Referred Diagnosis in Therapeutic Riding in Practical Application For Rehabilitation, Skyline Therapy Services,


Book: Human Trauma and Animals: Methods for Trauma-Informed Animal-Assisted Interventions, Purdue Press (9/2018)

Book: Social Work in a Sustainable World with Sarah Bexell, Nancy Mary, Oxford University Press


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