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Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.
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Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. is an internationally noted clinical psychologist and relationship expert who teaches at Columbia University Teachers College, and is the main NGO representative to the United Nations for the International Association of Applied Psychology and the World Council for Psychotherapy. Well known as DrJudy, she has given advice to millions on call-in radio advice shows, on TV, the internet and in magazines and newspapers worldwide. Also a trauma expert, she has given psychological first aide after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami and earthquakes in Haiti, Japan and China, and most recently after Super Storm Sandy and the Newtown Connecticut school shooting. A former TV news reporter and host of Money and Emotions on CNBC-TV, she appears often on talk shows and as a news analyst on psychological issues. Her many books include The Complete Idiots Guide to a Healthy Relationship 31 Things to Raise a Child's Self Esteem Generation Sex The Complete Idiots Guide to Dating Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding Between Israelis and Palestinians and the latest,
Living in an Environmentally Traumatized World: Healing Ourselves and Our Planet. Her website is

Entries by Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

Six Warnings About the Film Fifty Shades of Grey

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 5:36 PM

The Fifty Shades of Grey film based on the book that sold 100 million copies roped in over $102 million dollars from moviegoers since it opened. Nearly 70% were female.

Fans defend the film as providing fun, pure fantasy and a community, but as a...

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Parents Have Trouble When Kids Go Back to School, Too

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:51 PM

Back-to-school time is tough not just for kids, but for parents too. Some moms and dads get so caught up dealing with their children's lives -- from helping with homework to fears of bullying -- that they have little time, energy or attention to deal with their own problems. By...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Words of Wisdom: Apply to Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 2:18 PM

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday we celebrate as a federal holiday on the third Monday in January, was distinguished in many ways.

His famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Aug. 28, 1963 has been canonized...

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Christmas Behind Bars With Nelson Mandela: Recollections of Younger Anti-apartheid Activist Saths Cooper

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 8:38 PM

The opening of the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Christmas Day in America was an appropriately timed gift, given the film's message about faith in one's belief, overcoming injustice and choosing love over hate. The "must-see" film powerfully chronicles stages in the life of Nelson Mandela, the South...

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Nelson Mandela and Saths Cooper: Two Generations of Anti-apartheid Activists Share a Prison Cell Block and Become a President

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 2:25 PM

The name Sathasivian Cooper may not be as famous internationally as that of Nelson Rohihlhla Mandela, but the younger man fondly called "Saths" and the older man affectionately nicknamed "Madiba" (meaning "troublemaker") were both rebels and anti-apartheid activists at the same time in their native South Africa, labeled as terrorists...

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A Family Christmas Tragedy: Psychological Reflections on One Mother's Road to Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 9:35 AM

At this Christmas time, we can rejoice with ad agency executive Madonna Badger in her recovery from the unspeakably tragic loss of her three young daughters and her parents in the fire that destroyed her Connecticut home two years ago.

As a psychologist, I was captivated by her personal...

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Talking to Kids About the Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 12:43 PM

The first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the storm that devastated parts of New York City and New Jersey last fall, raises questions about how to help children cope. Advice has commonly applied to youngsters older than age 5, with little discussion about helping younger ones. Attention should be also paid...

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Helping Kids Cope with the Oklahoma Tornado and other Traumas: 7 Techniques

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 11:37 AM

Children directly impacted by a natural disaster certainly suffer emotionally, but with widespread media coverage and talk in school, even those far away from incidents of trauma are increasingly affected. Simple but psychologically sound techniques can help youngsters everywhere cope:

1) Use creative arts to cross over from crisis to...

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Parent Alert: Danger of Kids Heroizing the Alleged Boston Bomber Brothers

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:28 PM

As countless kids were glued to 24-hour coverage of the Tsarnaev brothers in a massive manhunt the likes of which has not been seen since the Zero Dark Thirty movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden or the O.J. Simpson car chase, a serious danger...

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To Fear or Not to Fear After the Boston Marathon Bombing

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Fear has gotten a bad name lately.

"Terrorists want you to be afraid," some are saying in the wake of the Boston marathon bombing. "Don't let them win."

That's the view argued in a blog post for The Atlantic by security technologist Bruce Schneier, whom I found myself debating...

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Hope for Broken Hearts on Valentine's Day: Prepare Early to Prevent Self-Pity

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 11:15 AM

On Valentine's Day, lovers celebrate, but those who don't have a lover suffer. Like James*, whose cab I got into one evening.

We passed a sign advertising chocolates; he groaned, and I asked why. "Everybody's gearing up for Valentine's Day. Look at all those rows of cards with blazing red...

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The Impossible: A Psychologist's Advice Viewing the Film About the Asian Tsunami

(15) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 10:35 AM

It was almost impossible for me to watch The Impossible. The movie, about a family vacationing in Thailand when the Asian tsunami struck, hit too close to home for this psychologist first responder who was in Sri Lanka to help after the real disaster and after many other...

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Christmas Curse or Celebration: From Superstorm Sandy to Sandy Hook to the Financial Cliff, Seven Questions in Crises

(7) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 9:08 PM

 'Tis the season to be jolly... but how?
The supposedly joyful Christmas season has brought misery with two Sandys -- first a superstorm, then the chilling massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut -- putting a pall over spirits already teetering over the threatened fiscal cliff....

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