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Dr. Curry’s breadth of expertise, engaging personality, and passion for psychology make her an excellent media resource.


Media Contact

Dr. Curry responds to media inquiries immediately.

Tel. 949.258.9770


Love & Relationships

  • Marriage/Relationships
  • Dating
  • Sex
  • Affairs & Infidelity
  • Divorce and Breakups
  • Toxic Relationships

Trauma & PTSD

  • Effects of child trauma
  • Effects of adult trauma
  • The neurological basis of PTSD
  • Military trauma
  • International trauma
  • Societal trauma after a tragic event or large-scale disaster

Destructive Social Processes: Group Think, Obedience and Social Referencing

  • Cults and cult membership
  • Peer pressure
  • Bullying
  • Societal increases in hate/bigotry/racism
  • The role of Group Think in the Challenger space shuttle and Chernobyl nuclear disasters, and human rights’ scandals like Abu Ghraib
  • How to leaders who stand up for what’s right
  • How to increase your ability to recognize and resist group think processes


  • Why its important to let your child fail
  • Helping your child understand shooter drills in school
  • Recognizing when your child needs help for mental health symptoms
  • How to respond to your teen’s rebellious behavior
  • Helping your children cope with parental divorce

Good & Evil / Violence / Criminal Behavior

  • Why Good People Do Bad Things (and how not to be like them)
  • Analysis of current scandals in the media
  • Why people lie & cheat
  • The progression of criminal behavior
  • Assessing risk for violence

Mental Illness

  • Stigma
  • Signs of mental illness
  • Prevalence
  • Information about specific mental illnesses (e.g., anxiety disorders, OCD, autism spectrum disorder, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, factitious disorder imposed on another/munchausen’s by proxy)
  • The role of mental illness in criminal/violent behavior

Animal Assisted Therapy

  • Health and psychological benefits of owning pets
  • Exploitation of emotional support animal laws
  • Differences between service animals, therapy dogs, and emotional support animals
  • Human-dog connection
  • Research on benefits of contact with dogs for criminals, children with learning disorders/developmental disorders, geriatric populations, individuals with PTSD, individuals recovering from surgery/injury


  • Myths about the stages of grief
  • How grief changes a community
  • How to help someone who is grieving


  • The signs of suicidal planning might surprise you
  • Why a public suicide increases the risk of a plane crash
  • How to prevent suicide
  • Social media and the rise of teen suicide


Radio Interview: Mass Shooting Motivations – Live Mike Podcast With Mike Romigh


Interview Clips: UC Irvine-Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation Research Project in La Paz Mexico & ID Casting Interview

RPR Productions Sizzle Reel


How To Co-Parent With Your Ex & Their New Partner, According To Experts

By: Alison Kresta - Family relationships can be tricky, and chances are, yours comes with its own unique sets of challenges. But things can get exceptionally complicated once your ex's significant other gets involved. While the easy thing to do would be to just completely avoid this person altogether, it might not be what's [...]

Dr. Curry’s article on Animal Assisted Therapy published in Pepperdine’s Colleague Magazine

Man’s Best Counselor The first known use of dogs for therapeutic purposes was in 1919, when the U.S. secretary of the interior Franklin Lane, suggested that canines be incorporated into the psychiatric treatment at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C. This was followed by the implementation of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) services at New York’s […]

University of California Irvine showcases Dr. Curry’s fieldwork in Peru

Above: Shannon Curry earned her bachelor’s degree at UC Irvine, and she has completed an undergraduate research project with fieldwork in Peru. Now, Shannon is working with the Peruvian American Medical Society, a nonprofit medical group that specializes in bringing care to impoverished areas of Peru.  

Dr. Curry’s work with veterans and service dogs is featured in front-page article of Honolulu Star-Advertiser Newspaper

Dogs and veterans of war make friends with her help Tuesday September 24, 2013By Michael Tsai A psychologist, a soldier and a dog walk into a Mexican restaurant, but you needn’t bother waiting for a punch line. Shannon Curry and her colleagues at the Hawaii Canine Assistance Network deal strictly with happy endings. As head […]

Dr. Curry weighs in on how to help kids learn from failure

Kids fail. It’s your reaction that counts By Patrice Apodaca June 4, 2016 Our children will fail sometimes. It’s an inevitable part of life, said Dr. Shannon Curry, a clinical psychologist who frequently addresses the parent-child dynamic at her Newport Beach practice. Frequently, however, parents make these failures more about themselves, she said, by seeing […]