Mollie A. Bloomsmith, PhD, currently serves as the head of behavioral management at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University.
She supervises the enrichment, socialization, and animal training programs at Yerkes, and serves on Emoryâ€™s IACUC.
Previously Dr. Bloomsmith
held positions that focused on similar work at Zoo Atlanta
and at the MD Anderson Cancer Center site in Bastrop, Texas.
For more than 30 years Dr. Bloomsmithâ€™s interests have been in applying the scientific method to assess the well-being of captive primates and to utilize these scientific findings to enhance their care.
Dr. Bloomsmith is the chair of the primate care committee of the American Society of Primatologists, a founding board member of Chimp Haven (a chimpanzee sanctuary), and has also served on the editorial boards of three welfare journals.
supervises graduate students studying primate well-being, teaches workshops on the behavioral management of primates, and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences.
has published more than 125 articles related to the behavioral management of animals in laboratories and in zoos.
Dr. Bloomsmith earned her PhD in experimental psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987, and her BS in animal behavior from the University of California, Davis, in 1982.