Where can you find PSDP people in print, on the screen, or on the airwaves?
PSDP media appearances are consolidated here.* If you would like to contact PSDP to set up future media appearances, please call Veronica Morris, PhD at (805) 876-4256. PSDP press releases are available elsewhere.
Please note that we generally avoid appearing in news segments or shows in which the reporter or host advocates action contrary to our mission (reporting without advocating is acceptable). Recently, this has included attempts to prevent handlers of legitimate, owner-trained service dogs from acquiring standard working gear. (See “There Are No Fake Vests” to find out what’s wrong with CCI’s position.) Regardless, we are happy to provide expertise in consultation for reports involving service dogs and related topics; we have been consulted on background for newspapers like USA Today and local news stations around the country.
• Our own Dr. Veronica Morris wrote an article published by the website The Mighty, titled “I Want Others to See Me, Not Just My Service Dog“. The article appeared June 24, 2017.
• A journalist who covers air travel for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kelly Yamanouchi, featured Brad Morris in an article explaining how an ESA recently biting a Delta passenger has shifted focus back onto updating the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulations. The article was published online on June 13, 2017. The newspaper published a companion article on June 14, 2017, with more content from PSDP. A Spokane news site recycled some of the content in an article on July 6, 2017.
• A Wall Street Journal columnist, Scott McCartney, interviewed and obtained background from Brad Morris in a piece about air travel regulations regarding service animals. The article featured PSDP input and was published in “The Middle Seat” column on February 1, 2017.
• PSDP’s resources are heavily featured and praised Anne Martinez’s book, Saved by the Dog: Unleashing Potential with Psychiatric Service Dogs, published December 27, 2016. Our Board of Directors reviewed an advance copy and described the book thusly: “Ms. Martinez has clearly consolidated information on many aspects of interest to prospective psychiatric service dog handlers.”
• Transit Access Report is a subscription-based paper newsletter reporting on developments in transportation accessibility, published by Letter Publications. As the author of PSDP’s ACAA update guide, Brad Morris was interviewed for an article appearing in the May 10, 2016 edition, “Psychiatric Service Dog Users Seek Parity in Air Access Regs”.
• Sitting down in a half-hour interview filled with nuance and reason, PSDP’s Dr. & Mr. Morris explained to a St. Louis reporter the complexities associated with the “fake service dog” phenomenon—such as the importance of avoiding knee-jerk lawmaking when something makes you angry. Their few-second clips in the 2 1/2 minute report coming out of this interview feature the times where each of them sound the most emotional! On the upside, the reporter (KSDK’s Kay Quinn) seemed to understand that encouraging a ban on the online sale of service dog gear was not the solution, leaving options open-ended in the mid-May release of this 2016 story.
• Board member Chanda Hagen was featured in a local NAMI Newsletter spotlighting her relationship with her late service dog, Oliver. This July 2015 newsletter article was submitted by another member of the PSDP Peer Guidance Group.
• Dr. Veronica Morris was the guest on Doc Vincel’s internet radio show, “All About Service Dogs”, on May 28th, 2015. The two-hour episode loads and begins playing through http://www.blogtalkradio.com/servicedogacademy/2015/05/29/all-about-service-dogs-hosted-by-doc-vencil and we have archived it below in three parts:
• Former board member Morgance Ellis and Dr. Veronica Morris were each featured on January 1st, 2014 in a surprisingly better-than-average Denver news story about how “Fake service dog owners cause problems for people with disabilities“.
• In the book Canine Angels, Marie-Claude Roy and Carole Villeneuve constructed a chapter each on dogs for mental health from both Chanda Hagen’s writing and Dr. Veronica Morris’s (Roy and Newtown Publications, April 2012).
• Dr. Veronica Morris pairs with another member of the PSDP community to discuss psychiatric service dogs in a half-hour interview. The interview was on a local program called “Mental Health Matters“, broadcast in Alameda County, California in July of 2011.
• Before PSDP media coverage, in July of 2011 Dr. Veronica Morris participated in an interview about psychiatric service dogs for an hour. The interview was on an interesting radio program called “Moebanshee’s Lair”; the link is to an edited version on YouTube.
• In January of 2010 Dr. Morris was featured in Smart canines provide good medicine by Elizabeth Sundstrom, via the Best Friends Animal Society. This is no longer available through their website.