Psy.D. Program Faculty: Diane Kaplan, Ph.D.

Diane Kaplan, Ph.D.
Half-Time Institute Faculty

B.S. Social Planning & Public Policy, Cornell University, 1983
M.S. Counseling Psychology, San Francisco State University, 1986
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, 1994

Dr. Kaplan has been working in the field of community mental health since 1984. She has worked as the Clinical Manager of a partial hospitalization program and as the Clinical Director of an outpatient community mental health program. The people she works with have presented with a variety of difficulties, from normal life-cycle transitions to more serious emotional trauma, including those experiencing schizophrenia and other psychoses. She is interested in a contemporary relational and intersubjective approach to psychotherapy and supervision.

She graduated from the Wright Institute in 1994 after completing a predoctoral internship at the UC Davis Counseling Center. During her postdoctoral fellowship in the Coordination of Practicum Training at UC Davis, she organized a practicum training program and taught courses on Intercultural Relations and Supervision.

Dr. Kaplan has a special interest in unconscious communication in groups and the effective use of group process in learning. Other special areas of interest include: the supervisory relationship, intercultural relations, and the application of intersubjective and relational theory to clinical work with people with severe emotional disturbances. She is interested in the relationship between psyche and soma. In addition to her private practice in psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, she also maintains a practice in biofeedback training, treating individuals with a variety of somatic difficulties including hypertension, arrhythmias, headaches, chronic pain, and stress related to traumatic life events.

Dr. Kaplan is also the Wright Institute's Clinic Director, in which role she directs the day-to-day operation of the Clinic and is involved in teaching, supervision, and crisis on-call services.