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Laura Riley, Ph.D.
Laura Riley is a retired psychotherapist who received her B.A. from UCLA, and her M.A. and PhD. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California. As a psychotherapist, lecturer and teacher, she has helped battered women become achieving women for more than three decades. Studying the status of women in 89 countries, she's met survivors of violence everywhere and believes that abuse will only end when women unite against it.

Laura’s debit novel, Tell Me of Brave Women, is fact-based fiction that chronicles the lives of three unique women who must each find the strength to overcome their abusive circumstances.

Laura hopes that her writing with educate readers and empower women. She loves art, fairy tales, reading, walking, traveling, gardening and listening to people talk. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Patrick, and their extended family. For more information about Laura and her work or to read an excerpt from her book, please visit her website at

Entries by Laura Riley, Ph.D.

The Gini Is Out of the Bottle

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 2:51 PM

In August, women's rights activists filed a legal complaint against Turkey's deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, for proclaiming that decent women don't laugh out loud in public.

How odd that Mr. Arinc concerns himself with a woman's laugh when the Middle East is awash in horrific violence, thousands...

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A Pet and Me

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:54 PM

We weren't going to be traveling anymore, my husband said, because it was too much of a hassle and we'd been everywhere. Finally, I could get a pet. Should I get a dog or a cat? I'd had a giant tortoise as a girl, but she was slow.

I'd had...

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Half a Million Dollar Rip-Off: Unequal Pay Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 3:30 PM

The war on women permeates American society. Consider the non-progress of equal pay for equal work.

Imagine the outrage if employers routinely told two men applying for the same job, "I need forklift operators. You both have equal experience. I'll hire you both. Of course, Bob will earn one...

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The Relationship Problem You're Probably Overlooking

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 7:12 PM

We have often heard that the most common things married couples fight about are money and children. But what if I told you that in my 30+ years as a practicing psychotherapist, I noticed another major issue that was rarely considered by couples before marriage?

When couples love each other,...

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How to Spot an Abuser Before It's Too Late

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 7:04 PM

When dating, women often ignore clues that reveal violent abusers. In the first flush of infatuation, they forgive small cruelties. But just as the footprint of a tiger should be taken seriously because it means a tiger is in the neighborhood, so should small signs be recognized as predictors of...

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3 Tips For Finding the Perfect Mate

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Like anything worth having, it takes planning and work to find the perfect mate. Maybe Nana can help. This is serious business. It takes time. For best result,s you don't just put on your stiletto heels and hit the sports bars.

Finding a life-long partner is like buying a new...

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A New Look at Gender Bias

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:38 PM

For women, the most important news in the Wednesday, May 14, edition of the New York Times wasn't war, or kidnapping or fires. It was an article by Roni Caryn Rabin titled "Labs Are Told to Start Including a Neglected Variable: Females." It contains a breakthrough concept --...

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