Sheryl W. Harrison, Ph.D.
Dr. Harrison is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Scottsdale AZ. She has been a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology for 16 years where she taught courses in a variety of therapy approaches including Animal Assisted Therapy. She has taught courses in Animal Assisted Therapy as an adjunct professor in other doctoral and Master’s programs as well.
She is certified as a mental health specialist in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) by the Equine Assisted Growth and Leaning Association (EAGALA) and has passed the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning workshop and Horsemanship Skills test of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int’l. As part of her private practice she has offered equine assisted individual and group therapy along with her EAGALA certified Equine Specialist partner, Reg Saybrook, for the past nine years.
Dr. Harrison has a special interest in research involving EAP. To this end she has chaired seven dissertations that have investigated the effectiveness of EAP with a variety of patient populations including substance use disorders. AS a result of this interest, she served as the chair of the research committee of EAGALA for two years. A growing body of research has documented that EAP is effective in treating many disorders and populations. She has made presentations and offered workshops on EAP at state, regional, national and international conferences.