Janet Hoy-Gerlach

Dr. Janet Hoy-Gerlach is a licensed clinical social worker, researcher, author, and founder of OneHealth People-Animal Wellness Services (OHPAWS). Dr. Hoy-Gerlach has extensive experience in mental health practice, is a certified national Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor, and has worked as a full-tenured social worker professor with a joint appointment in psychiatry.  She teaches MHFA certification courses for animal welfare and veterinary professionals nationally and speaks nationally on topics related to their well-being. She is the lead author of Human-Animal Interaction: A Social Work Guide, a book published by the National Association of Social Workers, and serves as an expert witness on mental health benefits of the human-animal bond for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Her research on Emotional Support Animals has been featured in media such as Discover Magazine, Business Insider, and Psychology Today.

Dr. Hoy-Gerlach lives in the Greater Pittsburgh Area with her family, which includes three dogs (2 foster fails) and three cats (2 foster fails).  She loves walking in the woods with her dogs, bird watching with her cats, gardening, and spending time with her friends and multi-species family.  She is not currently fostering animals, but is a huge Kitten Lady fan and aspires to have a home-foster kitten nursery one day!

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