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Diane Zelman

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.

Professional Interests
  • Biological bases of behavior and clinical health psychology
  • Neuropsychology, study of sleep, chronic pain, psychopharmacology, anxiety disorders, addictive disorders, especially as these relate to culture
  • Online learning.
Education and Certifications
  • PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MA Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • B.A. Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York.
  • M.S. Psychopharmacology (post-doctoral specialization), California School of Professional Psychology
  • Predoctoral Internship (APA) Clinical Psychology, San Francisco Veterans Administration Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, University of California Department of Psychiatry, Berkeley, California
  • Theory and Techniques: Family/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Intercultural Awareness Development
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Peachey, J.T. and Zelman D.C. (in preparation) Sleep and Sleep Disorders.
  • Pun, M.; Zelman, D.C., Tiwari, A., & Crosman, D. (submitted for publication). "Sleep quality among women who have experienced intimate partner violence in Hong Kong: A mixed-methods investigation."
  • Karnani, S. R., & Zelman, D. C. (2019). "Measurement of emotional blackmail in couple relationships in Hong Kong." Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 8(3), 165-180
  • Wong, C. S. C. & Zelman, D. C. (2019) "Caregiver expressed emotion as mediator of the relationship between neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia patients and caregiver mental health in Hong Kong." Aging & Mental Health, 10(2), 87-100.
  • Lee, F. & Zelman, D. C. (2019). "Boredom proneness as a predictor of depression, anxiety, and stress: the moderating effects of dispositional mindfulness." Personality and Individual Differences, 146, 68-75.
  • Zelman, D. C., Valantin, C. & Bland, M. (2019). "Asian female foreign domestic workers as migrants in Hong Kong." In A. Shukla; A. Dubey, & N. Thagunna (Eds.) The Psyche of Asian Society. New Delhi: Concept Publishers.
  • Yip, F.W.L., Zelman, D.C., & Low, A. (2019). "Improving parenting in Hong Kong by training: Program evaluation of the 6As Positive Parenting Program." Public Administration and Policy, 22(1), 55-70.
  • Lan, C.Y-F, Zelman, D.C. & Chao, W.T. (2018) "Angry characters and frightened souls: patient and family models of bipolar disorder in Taiwan." Transcultural Psychiatry, 55(3), 317-338.
  • Plumb, T., Peachey, J. & Zelman, D. C. (2014). "Sleep disturbance is common among servicemembers and veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom." Psychological Services, 11, 209-19.
  • De Jesse L. & Zelman D. (2013). "Promoting optimal collaboration between mental health providers and nutritionists in the treatment of eating disorders." Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 21, 185-205.
  • Peachey, J. & Zelman D. C. (2012). "Sleep education in clinical psychology training programs." Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6, 18-27.
  • Flores, C., Zelman, DC & Flores, Y. (2012). “'I have not a want but a hunger to feel no pain': Mexican immigrant women with chronic pain: narratives and psychotherapeutic implications." Women & Therapy, 35: 31-44.
  • Tam, J., Wong, G, & Zelman D. C. (2012). "Building bridges to former selves." International Psychology Bulletin: 16: 43-56.
  • Parks, L. A., Zelman, D.C. & Wanlass, R. L. (2011)."The attitudes of socially marginalized men towards physician-assisted suicide." OMEGA, 62, 111-125.
  • Zelman, D.C., Rosenberg, J., & Diller, J. (November-December 2007 issue). "Sex matters: addressing sexual impairment in chronic pain." Pain Medicine News
  • Zelman, D. C. & Concepcion, L. (December 2006). "Steroids in sports: the cheaters, the losers, and the liars - Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams." Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).
  • Zelman, D. C., Brandenburg, N. & Gore, M. (2006). "Sleep impairment in diabetic peripheral neuropathy." Clinical Journal of Pain 22, 681-685.
  • Zelman D. C. (2006). "The War of the Soups and Sparks by Elliot S. Valenstein." Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) 20, 598-9.
  • Zelman D. C., Gore M, Duke E, Brandenburg N (2005). "Validation of the Brief Pain Inventory for diabetic peripheral neuropathy." Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 29, 401-410.
  • Paul, S. M., Zelman, D. C. & Miaskowski, C. (2005). "Categorizing the severity of cancer pain: further exploration of the establishment of cutpoints." Pain, 113, 37-44.
  • Zelman D. C., Dukes E., Brandenburg, N., Bostrom, A. & Gore, M. (2005). "Identification of cut-points for mild, moderate, and severe pain due to painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy." Pain, 115, 29-36
  • Zelman D. C., Smith, M., Hoffman, D., Reed, P., Edwards, L., Levine, E. & Dukes, E. (2004). "Acceptable, manageable, and tolerable days: patient daily goals for medication management of persistent pain." Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 28,474-489.
  • Zelman D. C., Hoffman, D., Seifeldin, R. & Dukes, E. (2003). "Development of a metric for a day of manageable pain control: derivation of pain severity cut-points for low back pain and osteoarthritis." Pain, 106, 35-42.
  • Zelman D. C. & Stock W.E. (2000). "Creating a feminist pharmacotherapy." Public Service Psychology, 25, 16.
  • Stock, W.E. & Zelman, D.C. (2000). "Women in the age of Viagra - the case for psychology's voice." Public Service Psychology, 25, 7-8.
  • Zelman, D.C. (1999). "Interview with Jay Haley." American Family Therapy Academy, 71 (Special Issue on History of Family Therapy).
  • Zelman, D.C. (1997). "Dilemmas in family therapy in acute and post-acute rehabilitation settings." American Family Therapy Academy, 67 (Special issue on Disabilities in the Family), Spring.
  • Howland E.W., Nakamura Y., Cleeland C.S., Suthers L.S., Nichols S.N., & Zelman, D.C. (1995). "Effects of hypnosis on subjective pain ratings and evoked potential amplitudes." Analgesia 1, 171-184.
  • Zelman D.C., & Metrick S.B. (1992). Art from Ashes: The Bay Area Arts Relief Project Oakland, California: Marcus A Foster Educational Institute. Book describing expressive art projects and classroom interventions by East Bay mental health professionals following the 1991 Oakland fire.
  • Zelman, D.C., Brandon, T.H., Jorenby, D.E. & Baker, T.B. (1992). "Measures of affect and nicotine dependence predict differential response to smoking cessation treatments." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 60, 943-952.
  • Zelman, D.C., Howland, E.W., Nichols, S., Hodes, B, & Cleeland, C. (1991). "Brief mood induction influences pain perception and tolerance." Pain, 46:105-11.
  • Baker, T.B., Zelman, D.C., Brandon, T.H., Baker, L, & Leventhal, H. (1988).  Smoking cessation: effective cognitive and behavioral interventions. In N.B. Oldridge & C. Foster (Eds.) Exercise and heart disease: Prevention and rehabilitation. Ithaca, NY: Mouvement Press.
  • Brandon, T.H., Zelman, D.C., & Baker, T.B. (1988). Delaying smoking relapse with extended treatment. In T.B. Baker & D.S. Cannon (Eds.) Addictive Disorders: Recent research on assessment and treatment. New York: Praeger Press.
  • Brandon, T.H., Zelman, D.C., & Baker, T.B. (1987). "Effects of maintenance sessions on smoking relapse: Delaying the inevitable?" Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55: 780-783.
  • Brandon, T.H., Zelman, D.C. & Baker, T.B. (1986). Maintenance sessions prolong cigarette abstinence. (ERIC document No. ED 262335).
  • Zelman, D.C., Tiffany, S. & Baker, T.B. (1985). "Influence of stress on morphine-induced hyperthermia: Relevance to drug conditioning and tolerance development." Behavioral Neuroscience, 99: 122-144.