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Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D.

President Emeritus

Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D.

Dr. Capaldo is a highly regarded spokeswoman for animal protection having presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. Here is just a small sample of the some topics she has addressed with her audiences:

  • Realms and Realities of the Possibility of 100% Replacement of the Harmful Use of Animals in Education, InterNICHE Conference, Oslo, Norway
  • The Psychological Effects of Forced Participation in Harmful Animal Use on Students, 4th World Congress on Animal Use and Alternatives in the Life Sciences, New Orleans, LA
  • Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals,  New York Bar Association, NY, NY
  • Limitations of the Animal Welfare Act, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA
  • Humane Considerations in the Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical Research and Testing, International Primatological Society’s XXII Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Economic Considerations in the Housing and Maintenance of Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories and Sanctuaries, American Primatological Association, Louisville, KY
  • Animals in Research: Recent Progress and Future Challenges, Animal Grant Makers 2010 Conference, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Animal Research: Is it Good for Your Health? 2009 New York Capital Region Vegetarian Association, Albany, NY

Dr. Capaldo is a Massachusetts licensed psychologist: a member of the American Psychological Association and a past Fellow of the Massachusetts Psychological Association. She taught psychology at the college level, served as the Director of Counseling at a liberal arts college, and has maintained a private psychotherapy practice for more than 30 years.

Theodora Capaldo, EdD, is a Massachusetts-licensed psychologist. She has taught psychology at the college level, served as director of counseling at a liberal arts college, and has maintained a private psychotherapy practice for over 30 years.

Dr. Capaldo is President Emeritus of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society, its educational affiliate, the Ethical Science Education Coalition (ESEC), and spearheaded NEAVS’ national campaign Project R&R: Release and Restitution for Chimpanzees in U.S. Laboratories. She is also trustee of the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR – founded by Dr. Ethel Thurston in 1977), which fosters the development and validation of alternatives to animals in research, testing, and education.

Dr. Capaldo has worked extensively with individuals who suffered psychological trauma. Her sensitivity to animals brought to her practice an awareness of the consequences of children/adolescents being forced to participate in inhumane animal use in education; an understanding of the development of morality and compassion; and a recognition of the psychological suffering and toll that traumatic experiences take on humans and all animals. 

Dr. Capaldo has presented at both national and international conferences, has co-authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals, has been the subject of various media outlets, and has provided expert assistance to documentaries, articles, and books on animal research. Dr. Capaldo has been an active member of NEAVS since 6th grade. She summarizes her motivation and her quest to make things right:

I often think, it’s good that I care but it is even better that I am willing to work hard for who and what I care about.