Randall Lockwood, Ph.D.


Randall Lockwood has degrees in psychology and biology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a doctorate in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. He served on the faculties of Washington University, the State University of New York (Stony Brook) and Duquesne University. He held various positions at the Humane Society of the United States for over 20 years, including vice President for Field Services. In 2005 he joined the staff of the ASPCA where he is currently Senior Vice President for Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects.

For over thirty years he has worked with law-enforcement agencies serving as an expert on interactions between people and animals. He has testified in dozens of trials involving cruelty to animals or the treatment of animals in the context of other crimes, including dogfighting, child abuse, domestic violence and homicide. His efforts to increase awareness of the connection between animal abuse and other forms of violence were profiled in an award-winning 1999 Arts & Entertainment Network documentary entitled “The Cruelty Connection”. In 2008 he received a Public Service Award from the United States Attorneys Office for his assistance in the Michael Vick dogfighting case. He is currently an advisor on animal-related crimes to the New York State Police Medico-Legal Investigations Unit.

He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. He co-authored Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence (1998) and Forensic Investigation of Animal Cruelty: A Guide for Veterinary and Law Enforcement Professionals (2006) and is author of Prosecuting Animal Cruelty Cases: Opportunities for Early Response to Crime and Interpersonal Violence (2006) and Dogfighting Toolkit: Addressing Dogfighting in Your Community (2011).