Melissa McMath Hatfield received her Certified Behavior Canine Certification,”CBCC” in June 2015. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology  and is a retired Licensed Psychological Examiner and Psychotherapist. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers “A.P.D.T” and has enjoyed their conferences since 2011. She is also a member of the Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science, “SPARCS”. She has a private consulting practice where her main focus is Temperament Assessments and Behavior Evaluations of dogs who exhibit aggression, anxiety, fear, shyness, phobia, obsessive compulsive behaviors or behavior problems resulting from lack of socialization. She has volunteered for multiple local shelters and rescue groups and gives presentations on the Human-Canine Bond as well as workshops regarding Temperament Assessments. Since 1981 her “real job” has been as a Jury Consultant where her area of specialization is jury selection, developing jury profiles, witness and Voir Dire preparations and Focus Groups. The owner of McMath Trial Consultants for the last 35 years Ms. Hatfield has made multiple state bar associations continuing legal education presentations as well as for the American Bar Association. She has been published in numerous state bar association magazines and is considered an expert on jury selection for both state and federal courts. She has participated in high profile cases across the country. Her passion however is the human-canine relationship where she states she has gone from examining and assessing the two legged client to the four! She lives with two Ch. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, “Princeton” and “Stetson” and a very supportive husband an attorney, whom she meet selecting a jury 25 years ago, Dick. However, there is a recent void as her life could not be summarized fully with out mentioning her beloved first Cavalier, Ch. Truman McMath, the ultimate “showman” who they lost this April. Oh, the bittersweet of the human-canine relationship!
To learn more about Melissa, please visit her websites: www.lovingdogs.net; www.mcmathtrialconsultants.com
Recorded OnDemand Lecture: Temperament Assessment in Identifying Mental Health Issues in Dogs