Gay Bradshaw, PhD, PhD, is founder and Executive Director of The Kerulos Center. Her establishment of the field of trans-species psychology— the theory and practice animal psychological rehabilitation and conservation—began with the discovery of PTSD in wild elephant. She has written about this in her book, Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity (Yale University Press, 2009).
Her most recent work is Carnivore Minds: Who These Fearsome Animals Really Are (Yale University Press, 2017). This book explores the inner lives of Sharks, Rattlesnakes, Bears, and other carnivores, challenging deeply-held cultural prejudices against these animals.
The Elephant Letters: The Story of Billy and Kani, is for children and adults. It tells the tale of two Kenyan elephants, cousins separated in childhood, who live radically different lives. A musical based on this book is in the works with production slated for the New York City area.
Dr. Bradshaw holds doctorate degrees in ecology and psychology, and has published, taught, and lectured widely in these fields both in the U.S. and internationally. Her research has been featured in numerous media, including ABC 20/20, Stern, National Geographic, New York Times, Time, New Scientist, Nature, and the London Telegraph. Much of her research focuses on the effects of violence on and trauma recovery of parrots, elephants, and chimpanzees in captivity. Her area of specialization is elderly individuals who have suffered capture and captivity.