Dedicated to the Study and Treatment of Personality Disorders

The Center for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Diana Diamond, PhD

Professor Emerita in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, City University of New York

Senior Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Personality Disorders Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital−Weill Cornell Medical College

Adjunct Professor, New School for Social Research (part-time)

Adjunct Professor, New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Faculty, New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Dr. Diana Diamond's primary clinical interests are in developing psychodynamic approaches to treating patients with personality disorders, with a particular focus on the impact of attachment status and pathological narcissism on the treatment process and outcome. Her major clinical and research interests are in investigating changes in attachment and mentalization in patients with combined borderline and narcissistic pathology over the course of TFP.  The author or co-author of four books, she is first author of Treating Pathological Narcissism with Transference Focused Psychotherapy (Guilford Press, 2021) which delineates the model of TFP-N, an adaptation of TFP techniques to reach this difficult group of patients.  She has also published and lectured widely on the role of attachment theory and research in understanding personality disorders, assessing mental representation, gender and sexuality, and the application of psychological concepts to understanding narrative and symbolism in cinema. She is the recipient of several awards, including the research award from the American Psychological Association (Division 39), and most recently the Aaron Stern Distinguished Professorship lecture award from Weill Cornell Medical College in recognition of her contributions in further understanding of the etiology, pathology and treatment of narcissism.  She serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Psychoanalytic Inquiry, is Co-Vice President of the Margaret S. Mahler Foundation, and is in private practice in individual and couple therapy and psychoanalysis in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

Education and Training

BA, Wesleyan University
M.S. in Psychology, M.A. in English, University of Massachusetts
M.A. in Women's Studies, Cambridge Goddard Graduate School
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts
Psychology Internship, Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Training

Post-doctoral Training in Psychoanalysis, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Program in Organizational Consultation and Executive Coaching, Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research
Post-doctoral Fellow Clinical Research, Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Post-doctoral Fellow Clinical Psychology, Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

Clinical Practice Areas

Couple and Family Therapy

Honors & Awards

The Stern Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture, Weill Cornell Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
American Psychological Association Division 39 Research Award

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association, Member
• Division 39 Psychoanalysis, Member
• Division 56 Trauma, Member
International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD), Member
International Society of Transference Focused Psychotherapy (ISTFP), Member
Rappaport-Klein Study Group, Member
American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), Educator Associate
American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), Committee for Graduate Education in Psychoanalysis
Society for Personality Assessment (SPA), Member
Member, PRDF Study group on Contemporary Psychoanalytic Views of Trauma, Co-chairs: Harold Blum, M.D. and Henry Nunberg, M.D.

Dr. Diamond's Website
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