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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Frank R. Ascione


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • humane education
  • children's attitudes toward animals
  • child and adolescent animal abuse
  • violence toward people and animals


Scholar-in-Residence Frank R. Ascione's recent research examines the common roots of violence toward people and animals and is directed at identifying an early indicator of at-risk status in children.

He has collaborated with human services, social work and child development staff working with abused children, with youth corrections personnel and with state shelters for women who are battered. His recent work has been supported by the American Humane Association, the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Ascione has provided information or testimony for the state legislatures of Utah, Ohio, Colorado, Tennessee and Washington regarding cruelty to animals legislation. He has appeared on CNN's Live from the Headlines and The Oprah Winfrey Show, had his research cited in the New York Times, USA Todayand Oprah Winfrey's magazine, O, and has been a guest on numerous local, national, and international TV and radio programs.

A member of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the International Society on Anthrozoology and the Society for Research on Child Development, Ascione serves on the Child and Animal Abuse Prevention Advisory Council of the Latham Foundation.

He is past president of the Southwestern Society for Research in Human Development and has been a member of the cadre of experts for The American Psychological Association's Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family.

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