ROYAL OAK, Mich. February 12, 2013 – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has appointed Stephanie M. Allard, Ph.D., as Director of Animal Welfare.  She is responsible for leading the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW), founded by the DZS in 2009 to improve zoo animal welfare through research, workshops, forums and awards.

"We're excited that Stephanie has joined us to lead the work of the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare.  Her experience working with and studying animals in zoos and her passion for improving the well-being of zoo animals will help us advance the important work of the Center," said DZS Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter.

Allard joins the DZS from Florida's Palm Beach Zoo, where she most recently served as Director of Research and Animal Welfare.  Prior to that, she worked at Zoo Atlanta.

Allard earned her doctoral degree in experimental psychology with an emphasis on animal behavior and a Master of Science in psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.  She received a Bachelor of Science from Atlanta's Emory University.