Her formal education includes a Masters of Liberal Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she focused on training program evaluation for animal care and use, a Bachelors of Arts in biology from Rutgers College and an Associate's Degree in Applied Science for Veterinary Technology from Camden County College.
She is a licensed veterinary technician and certified as a Laboratory Animal Technologist from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. Previous to her current roles, Paula was the Training Manager for the University of Pennsylvania where she developed and implemented training programs for diverse members of the research team.
Paula is also an active member in several professional associations, including local and national AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science), LAWTE (the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange), and the American Society for Training and Development. She was honored with the AALAS George R. Collins award in 2009, recognizing her contribution to training and education in laboratory animal science, nationally.