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 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 30 years to her credit, Joan M. Engel, Ph.D., has served in various positions, in the fields of Psychology and Applied Animal behavior. She received the B.A. degree in 1970 from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Upon relocation to New York City, she attended the City College of New York evening classes in psychology while working as an Administrative Assistant.  She was a social worker for the New York City Department of Social Services. In 1977, she received the M.A. from the New School for Social Research Graduate Faculty, and subsequently the Doctor of Philosophy in Life-Span Developmental Psychology from Fordham University, Bronx, New York in 1989.

Before receiving the Doctorate, she was a psychotherapy trainee at the Archdiocese of New York clinic, and continued studies in Individual Psychology at the Alfred Adler Institute in New York. As Foster Parent Therapist trainer for an innovative social services program, she wrote the “Manual for Foster Parent Training” in 1980, and article for the Journal of Children and Youth Services Review, 1983, “The Parent therapist program: a new approach to foster care of difficult adolescents.” She was Assistant Research Scientist in statistics at New York University Bellevue Hospital, for medication studies for conduct disorder and autism. 

After receiving the doctorate, Dr. Engel was adjunct assistant professor of developmental psychology at colleges within the City University of New York (Lehman, John Jay College of Criminal Justice), College of Mt. St. Vincent, College of New Rochelle, and sabbatical replacement at Marist College in 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 consulting in 1999. While she served as a statistical consultant for published studies and presentations at the ASPCA in New York and at the Animal Rescue League in Boston, she followed an eminent veterinary behaviorist specializing in shelter medicine who treated dog and cat behavioral problems. At the ARL-Boston, they published the article “Long-term outcome after treatment of feline inappropriate elimination,” Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, in 2002. She volunteered for the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Helpline to provide telephone support to grieving pet owners. She was adjunct faculty in developmental psychology at the Graduate online degree program of North Central University in Prescott, Arizona 2005-2009, where she developed a 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 Who’s Who in America 60th and 61st editions, Who’s Who in American Education 7th and 8th editions, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 1st edition, Who’s Who in Science and Education 9th edition, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 4th edition, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America 4th edition, and multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women. 

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 takes into account, among other influences, natural behaviors and tendencies, and environment of a dog to facilitate fading away undesirable behaviors and training desirable behaviors.  Biology, ethology, learning and conditioning, and training inform understanding and modification of a 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 honor.

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