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Ladny, Roshni (Ph.D.)

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Department of Justice Studies

 Violent Behavior, Childhood Trauma, Mental Health

Roshni Ladny’s research takes a psychosocial approach to examining the role of trauma in the victim-offender overlap as it pertains to the development of violent and aggressive behavior in children exposed to animal cruelty and family violence. Her other interests include identification of protective factors in children exposed to aversive experiences, effective methods of offender rehabilitation, and mental health care in the criminal justice system. Ladny is also a certified domestic violence victim advocate in Florida and has clinical training in addiction and trauma counseling. Prior to earning her doctorate from Florida State University, she served as a clinical mental health therapist for survivors and perpetrators of family violence, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and individuals court ordered to treatment for substance abuse.

Ladny is also passionate about giving back to her community and spent six years as the Community Outreach Coordinator with a rural north Florida humane society where she extensively assisted in addressing animal cruelty and neglect through animal rescue, partnership with the local sheriff’s office, and humane education for children. Curently, is a contributing member of the international organization The European Link Coalition, a group of researchers, practitioners and legal experts dedicated to developing global animal and child welfare policy through advocacy and research on the link between domestic violence, animal cruelty, and child maltreatment. In response to the work of The European Link Coalition, following the 87th Session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) a recommendation was made by the committee advising specific countries about the effects on children exposed to societal violence against animals and the importance of viewing childhood exposure to animal cruelty as a human rights issue. For more information please visit: https://www.europeanlinkcoalition.com/un-convention-animal-abuse

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