ProfNet Experts Available on Cecil the Lion, Domestic Violence, Back to School

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Jul 31, 2015, 12:50 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Why Cecil the Lion's Death Has Sparked a Global Backlash Over Sport Hunting
  • October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Helping Your Child Go Back to School


  • Media Partnerships Editor – NerdWallet (CA)
  • Promotions Producer – WHYY (PA)
  • Freelance Writer/Producer – WABC-TV (NY)


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Why Cecil the Lion's Death Has Sparked a Global Backlash Over Sport Hunting
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
An American man is being sought in connection with a case that has drawn international attention -- the killing of Cecil the lion. Says Dr. Birnbaum: "The killing of Cecil the Lion for entertainment purposes has outraged millions worldwide. Many cannot believe such a majestic animal such as Cecil could be so callously disregarded. People seem to feel OK with animals being killed for food, but Cecil's death may have permanently changed global perception on sport hunting. This event may have a positive impact in furthering the cause of animal rights."
Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is author of "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness. She has been featured on "Oprah" and "20/20" as the oldest woman in the U.S. to have twins.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Joy Guinn Shabandar, NCC, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Behavioral Sciences; Assistant Professor
Argosy University, Los Angeles
"Domestic violence continues to be a part of life for men, women, and children. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence states that one in five women and one in seven men experience some form of physical abuse in their lifetime. Victims of domestic violence need non-judgmental support and concrete resources provided to them on how to make themselves and their family safe."
Dr. Shabandar has worked with victims of domestic violence and their families since 1996. She is a National Certified Counselor in addition to holding a doctoral degree in counseling. She has been licensed and practiced counseling in four states. She has also acted as an expert witness in cases involving domestic violence. Dr. Shabandar specializes in treatment of sexual assault, addiction, and mental illness. She supervises student interns entering into the counseling profession and teaches courses related to forensic psychology and counseling psychology.
Contact: Ryan C. Smith,

Helping Your Child Go Back to School
Dr. Kimberly Stone, EdD
Argosy University, Hawaii
"Going back to school is an adjustment for you and your child. Every child is unique. Each one learns differently, reacts differently and interprets differently, so your approach to helping your child to adjust to being back in the classroom may be different than someone else's. It's important to make sure your child knows that the unique qualities they have are the fantastic aspects of them. When heading back to school, remember that time after school needs to include time for your child to focus on homework, as well as time for a mental break."
Dr. Stone is a 20-year veteran of teaching children from seventh grade through the collegiate level. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and education from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Arts in teaching mathematics, an educational specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Piedmont College, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.  Currently, Dr. Stone is the program manager for the Honolulu Community Action Program's Ha Initiative: Creative STEM After-School program.  She also remains in the classroom as an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University, Hawaii.
Contact: Ryan C. Smith,



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