Lorin Lindner, PhD, MPH was born in Queens, New York and divided her time growing up between the city and the country in upstate New York. It is in the open spaces of nature that she very early learned her place in the world and vowed to protect what remains of the "wild" when she returned to her childhood tree house and found the forest razed for a strip mall.
Her heart has always belonged to parrots and she made a promise to protect these much misunderstood animals. But her heart was also dedicated to helping veterans suffering from trauma. She put her training in psychology, public health and eco-therapy to work in order to help both - by creating programs where part-wild animals and wounded war veterans together find a path of healing from their mutual traumas. Two of these programs are described in her book, Birds of a Feather: A True Story of Hope and the Healing Power of Animals.
Dr. Lindner was the Clinical Director of a homeless veterans recovery program at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center and taught psychology at Santa Monica College for many years before moving to the mountains above Los Angeles where she and her husband live with their family of numerous rescued animals. She continues to practice clinical psychology and lectures throughout the country.