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Aug 28, 2015, 10:13 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Journalists in the Face of Danger
  • Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later: What We've Learned
  • Emotional Eating and Obesity
  • Impact of Mental Health Parity Violations
  • Infidelity: Can You Really Recover?
  • Love: It Starts With You
  • Fall Fashion Trends
  • Fall Fashion: Updating Your Wardrobe on a Budget


  • Reporter – Pacific Business News (HI)
  • Freelance Writer – (CO)
  • Metro and Police Reporters – Reading Eagle (PA)


  • Upcoming Twitter Q&A: Queries and LOIs That Sell
  • A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Google News Lab
  • How to Turn off a Reporter in Just Five Words
  • 9 Tips for Journalists Covering Traumatic Events


Journalists in the Face of Danger
Barbara Barnett
Associate Professor of Journalism
University of Kansas
"Journalists have sometimes been called the 'first responders' in disasters. They are the people who head toward dangerous situations, who cover natural disasters, mass shootings and combat. But in this case, the journalists who were killed weren't going into harm's way. They were not covering a violent event; they became victims in a violent event. This was unexpected, and the colleagues who worked with these reporters, as well as their families and loved ones, will struggle to make sense of how this could happen in what was supposed to be a peaceful setting. Sadly, shootings are too common in the United States."
Professor Barnett can discuss journalists in the face of danger, those who choose to cover danger and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on journalists. She has studied trauma and journalists and has shared her research in journalists and PTSD with the U.S. State Department and co-led a program at the U.S. Army's Fort Leavenworth that helps to increase understanding between the military and the media. 
Contact: Mike Krings,

Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later: What We've Learned
Erik A. Larsen, MD, FACEP
Medical Director, Katrina Disaster Response
National Disaster Medical System
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Dr. Larsen was in charge of the medical response team treating storm victims at a make-shift field hospital at the airport. Dr. Larsen can describe the human tragedy he witnessed, as well as how different the medical response might be today 10 years after the storm: "Thousands of seriously ill and injured Katrina victims had been helicopter plucked from rooftops and brought by every imaginable vehicle/boat to NO(Louis Armstrong) International Airport, where we NDMS/DMAT treated/stabilized and then were put onto huge military aircraft and flown all over America to operational hospitals/facilities not directly affected by the storm. Tracking of those people was a very difficult challenge both for their care and trying to reunite them with their loved ones." He explains that better patient tracking is available today: "Coming up with a system that tracks/follows a disaster victim/patient from the very beginning of their first contact with health care providers -- whether first responders and paramedics, Disaster Medical System Teams, RNs, MDs, hospitals, you name it -- to their final destination/facility is a priority. Additionally, you need to track care given to them along the way."
Dr. Larsen's "day job" is associate director of the emergency department at White Plains Hospital. As chief medical officer for the federal government's Region 2 National Disaster Medical System, Dr. Larsen plays a vital role in protecting this country. He served as chief medical officer at President Obama's 2013 inauguration, the 2013 Super Bowl, and the 2013 and 2014 opening sessions of the U.N. General Assembly, prepared to lead the medical response team if the unthinkable happened. He is also on the executive board of NYC Medics (an NGO disaster medical relief organization).
Contact: Jeannie Ashford,

Emotional Eating and Obesity
Dr. Bradley Nelson
Health and Wellness Expert
The Emotion Code
"Did you know the No. 1 cause of obesity is something called 'emotional eating'? If you use food as a way to deal with stress and anxiety, you are not alone. One step you can take that will help you to avoid emotional eating is to start keeping what you might call an 'eating journal.' Write down not only what you were eating but also what you were thinking and feeling at the time. When you ate that entire bowl of chips or carton of ice cream, what inner voice were you trying to silence? What specific stress were you trying to deal with? Understanding the relationship between your eating and your emotions is a major key to breaking bad habits."
An author and international lecturer in bio-energetic medicine and energy psychology, Dr. Nelson has successfully used The Emotion Code with thousands of patients around the globe to relieve symptoms and often affect cures in conditions ranging from depression to cancer. His best-selling book, "The Emotion Code," offers step-by-step instructions for working with the body's own healing power.
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Contact: Michelle Tennant,

Impact of Mental Health Parity Violations
Lisa S. Kantor, Esq.
Founding Partner
Kantor & Kantor, LLP
"While the New York Psychiatric Association v. UnitedHealth Group ruling is a celebrated step in the right direction, a lot more work remains in safeguarding mental health parity compliance, and those seeking treatment for mental illness cannot afford to wait."
Kantor, an authority on health insurance law and mental health parity, can discuss the impact that mental health parity violations has on her clients, and all those who seek treatment for mental illness. Kantor & Kantor is the only law firm in the country with a distinct eating-disorder practice staffed with lawyers and other professionals experienced in the specific needs of people who have been denied benefits for eating disorder treatment. Kantor sues health plans that refuse coverage or agree to pay for treatment for a short period of time, forcing patients to be discharged before their health is restored. In 2007, she won the first published eating-disorder decision in California in which the court applied the state's mental health parity law to beneficiaries who sought treatment outside California. In August 2012, she won the first federal court ruling that determined health plans must pay for all medically necessary treatment for mental illnesses, including residential treatment. For her achievements, she was named a Top Woman Lawyer by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and an Attorney of the Year by the San Francisco Recorder. She received a "Special Recognition" award from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation and a California Women Lawyers' Woman of Distinction Award.
Contact: Rachel Teicher Brehm,

Infidelity: Can You Really Recover?
Kathlyn Hendricks
Relationship Expert
Hendricks Institute
"Infidelity can become a positive turning point rather than a destructive force if the betrayal is handled properly. If you choose to get really transparent with each other, take the time to get real and share feelings and judgments, fears, hurts and hopes; your relationship can rise from the ashes with deeper love and joy than ever. Really! This choice generally benefits from the presence of a third party to advocate for telling the truth, genuinely listening, and opening to body wisdom. Couples experiencing extramarital affairs need to learn to move from the grip of fear into the flow of deep presence, where you and your mate receive an abundance of juicy attention and the variety that discovery generates."
Relationship experts Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks have been married 35 years, worked together for 30 years, and authored over 30 books, including their bestselling "Conscious Loving." They have made it their life's work to help people create healthy, thriving love relationships, and in their groundbreaking new book, "Conscious Loving Ever After," they set their sights on supporting those in midlife and beyond in committing and recommitting to relationship wellness.
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Contact: Michelle Tennant,

Love: It Starts With You
Kailen Rosenberg
CEO and founder
The Love Architects
"When we're single, we're often so busy looking outside of ourselves for our perfect match that we don't even stop to consider the kinds of people we are attracting, or what of our own habits or ways of thinking caused us to attract unsuccessful relationships in the past."
Rosenberg is CEO and founder of The Love Architects, an elite matchmaking and love design firm that remodels the love lives of some of the world's most influential people. She is a Masters Certified Life Coach, renowned relationship expert, elite matchmaker, spokesperson for The Unconditional Love Campaign (highlighting the unconditional love offered between caregivers and Alzheimer's patients), and Love Ambassador for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), as well as the author of "Real Love, Right Now: A 30-Day Blueprint for Finding Your Soul Mate."
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Contact: Michelle Tennant,

Fall Fashion Trends
Mike Watson
Fashion Marketing Instructor
The Art Institute of Charlotte
"Fall 2015 is all about returning to feminine and soft flowing silhouettes, most notably in long duster coats and pants that glide just above the floor as you walk. The emphasis for the flowing shapes comes from the '70s, as that era's ease and comfort continues to influence a majority of looks. Textures for fall 2015 are dominated by fur trims, and lace overlays, again reinforcing the feminine qualities of the new fall looks, and all the while these soft flowing shapes and romantic trims will be seen in minimal color palettes that range from winter whites, to concrete and dove gray. The lifestyle trend for fall 2015 is about embracing comfort and living free of clutter at home and in your wardrobe, so as to move about your days with ease while the chaos of the world swarms around you."
Watson is a fashion marketing instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte. With fall just around the corner, he can discuss the season's biggest trends and share tips on how to wear them. He can also speak to a variety of fashion-based topics, as well as leadership and personal development.
Contact: Mandy Wilson,

Fall Fashion: Updating Your Wardrobe on a Budget
Emilia Valle
Fashion Director
The Art Institute of Houston
"We all desire to stay on trend and have the latest fashion from the runway, but not all of us can afford it. The idea is to maintain a chic and trendy look from summer to fall just by adding some key pieces.  We want to focus on utilizing our current staple pieces from our closet and just change it up a bit. The concept is that we can do: Casual to Evening. Work to Play. Summer Chic to Fall Slick. The key is to play up what you have and stay current with fashion on a trim budget."
Valle is the fashion director at The Art Institute of Houston. She can share tips for choosing the best new pieces that will keep you looking stylish all season without breaking the bank. She can also speak to a variety of fashion-related topics, including fashion design, fashion marketing and merchandising, pattern making, product development, and accessory design, among others.
Contact: Mandy Wilson;



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