Dr. Zelman earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1989 with focus on research in addiction and health psychology and completed a postdoctoral year in brief psychodynamic therapy. She served as a full-time hospital-based neuropsychologist and psychotherapist and has been a full-time professor at CSPP/Alliant International since 1994. She was a faculty member of the San Francisco Bay Area clinical psychology programs from 1994 to 2008, the CSPP PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology in Hong Kong from 2008-2018, and in 2019, Dr. Zelman returned to the San Francisco Bay Area campus as the Program Director of the Clinical Psychology PhD program.
She also has served for 20 years as a volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine. In 2001, she was a member of the first graduating class of Alliant’s postdoctoral master’s degree program in psychopharmacology.
At Alliant she has been a leader and faculty mentor in the creation of high-quality online learning and has taught courses at the San Francisco campus and across the Alliant system in biological bases of behavior, sleep, psychopharmacology, psychopathology, intercultural awareness development, and health psychology. She has published extensively with students and alumni of the Alliant Hong Kong doctoral program on topics related to families, psychopathology, and stress in Hong Kong. She is currently writing a textbook on sleep disorders, and her main research interests are health psychology, culture and psychopathology, sleep disorders, and psychological factors in chronic pain.