Stephanie LaFarge is Senior Director of Counseling Services at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, headquartered in New York.
Dr. LaFarge has pioneered the use of psychological evaluation and intervention with adults and young people who engage in animal cruelty. She directs the New York City Family VISION Task Force that unites social service agencies, law enforcement and animal welfare organizations that share the goal of preventing animal violence.
Dr. LaFarge is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, NJ.
Trained as a sex therapist, she developed an innovative curriculum for the reduction of high-risk sexual behaviours. She has also worked with AIDS patients, and as a bereavement specialist for children with terminal cancer.
LaFarge’s work with animals includes many years or surrogate mothering two infant chimpanzees, who were taught sign language in her home. As part of the New York City 9/11 Disaster response, Dr. LaFarge coordinated the ASPCA role in facilitating the work of therapy dogs. Approximately 300 therapy dogs and their handlers volunteered over 1000 visits to various sites in NYC. Her own dog, Sophie, was an active participant.