Diana Diamond, Ph.D.
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
City University of New York
Senior Fellow, Personality Disorders Institute
Weill Cornell Medical Center
Adjunct Professor New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Professor of Clinical Practice
New School for Social Research
Diana Diamond is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and professor of Psychology. She is currently Emerita Professor in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York, and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Practice at the New School for Social Research. She is a Senior Fellow at the Personality Disorders Institute and on the faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College. With her colleagues at the PDI, she has developed Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), an evidence-based psychodynamic approach to treating borderline and narcissistic personality disorders which is now taught and practiced internationally. At the PDI, she has investigated the impact of narcissistic pathology on the treatment process and outcome for patients in TFP. She is first author of Treating Pathological Narcissism with Transference Focused Psychotherapy (Guilford Press, forthcoming in 2021) and has also published extensively in the areas of attachment and sexuality, mental representation, gender studies, and the application of psychoanalytic concepts to understanding narrative and symbolism in cinema. She has taught and lectured internationally on personality disorders, transference focused psychotherapy, and film and psychoanalysis. Her coedited book, Cinematic Reflections on the Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychoanalytic Perspective was published in 2018. (Taylor and Francis, Routledge). She is the recipient of several awards for her research and clinical papers from the American Psychological Association (Division 39), and the American Psychoanalytic Association, as well as a alumni award for service and scholarship from Wesleyan University where she earned a BA in English literature and film studies. She also has master degrees in English and Women’s Studies and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She did three years of clinical and research Postdoctoral Training at Yale University School of Medicine, and psychoanalytic training at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has served on a number of boards and currently is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Margaret Mahler Foundation. She is also on the Board of Directors of Emotions Matter, a peer support organization for patients with personality disorders, and of the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center, a nonprofit arts organization.
She is in private practice of individual, couple and family psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in NYC. She also holds a certificate in consultation and executive coaching from the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research IPTAR. She is on the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Issues, the Journal of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalytic Inquiry.
Diamond, D. & Hirsh, R. (2020). Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Narcissistic Personality Disorder: An Object Relations Approach. Journal of Personality Disorders, 34 (Supplement), 159-176.
Diamond, D., Yeomans, F.E., Levy, K.N., Hörz, S., & Clarkin, J. (2012). Transference focused psychotherapy for patients with co-morbid narcissistic and borderline personality disorder: The contributions of research to therapy. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.
Buchheim, A. & Diamond, D. Attachment and Borderline Personality Disorder. Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 41(4), 651.
Diamond, D. (2008). Empathy and Identification in Lives of Others. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 56, 811-832.
Diamond, D. and Sklarew, B. (Eds.) (2018). Cinematic Reflections on the Legacy of the Holocaust: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. (Rutledge Press).
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