Interview with Shahin Oliyaee Zand, a new member of Online Parent Support

Safeguarding the physical and psychological wellbeing of a child is without doubt one of the most sacred causes to fight for. And those who go to war with the monster of ’Child Abuse’ deserve kudos--to say the least. One such great campaigner is Dr. Shahin Oliyaee Zand.

Born in Tehran, she left for US at age 17 where she earned her academic degrees from the University of Minnesota, North Dakota University and Columbia University. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology, with emphasis on child sexual abuse research and prevention. She is widely known for her extensive taboo-breaking studies on sexual abuse of children and prostitution in the tradition-ridden Iranian society.

A faculty member of Allameh Tabatabaei University, Oliyaee Zand has conducted research for various institutions. She has authored hundreds of articles with psychological and social orientation for domestic print media. As the founder of the Children and Adolescents’ Sexual Abuse Prevention Center--the first of its kind in the Middle East--she recounted her challenges and triumphs and confided her concerns to Iran Daily in a recent interview: CLICK HERE

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