Lacey Levitt, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who was one of the original researchers involved in the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit’s Criminal Histories of Animal Cruelty Offenders project. As a forensic psychologist, she completed competency to stand trial evaluations in county jails, violence risk assessments for a parole board, and oversaw the assessment unit of a state prison. Dr. Levitt has authored scholarly articles and book chapters on various forensic populations including animal maltreatment offenders. She is the co-editor of Animal Maltreatment: Forensic Mental Health Issues and Evaluations which was published by Oxford University Press in 2015 and Animals as Crime Victims which was published by Edward Elgar Publishing in 2024.