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Diane Perlman, PhD

Visiting Scholar

GMU School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution


Diane Perlman, PhD, formerly a clinical psychologist from Philadelphia, specializing in individual, couple, family therapy, psychoneuroimmunology and Jungian analysis. She is a political psychologist, mediator, conflict analyst and interdisciplinary social scientist as well as a Certified cancer Support Educator and health coach. 

She is a Visiting Scholar at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason, a US Convener of Transcend, was a founding member of Collaborative Family Law Affiliates in PA practicing Collaborative Divorce, a Fellow at the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, and active in Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

She writes, speaks, teaches and gives workshops on the psychological dynamics of enmity,  nuclear proliferation, terrorism,gender and violence,  reversing cycles of violence, reconciliation, poltiical maturity, flawed security policies (such as over emphasis on punitive coercion - sanctions and deterrence),  climate chaos, and psychoneuroimmunology. She is co-author of Reconciliation with Joanna Santa Barbara and Johan Galtung. She introduced psychological principles and mediation to the UN Conferences on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Climate Change and Women.

She is creative and inventive in problem solving. She holds a patent for an invention to reduce waste - Zero Waste Design’s Infinicup®, and is searching for a CFO to help launch this. 

She is working on developing a network of teams of lawyers and therapists to provide court-free resolution of conflicts, which are faster, cheaper, with far, far better outcomes than being dragged through the legal system which is costly, stressful and time consuming. She has testified before DC Council many times recommending legislation to prevent legal abuse. 

She has been involved in the Global Indoor Health Network after having been severely affected by overexposure to toxic mold.



MA, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Long Island University, 1981 Veterans Administration Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Coatesville, Pa., Clinical Internship, 1978-1979 B.A. in Psychology, minor in Education, Columbia University, 1972 Junior year abroad program, Hebrew University, 1970-1971 Overbrook High School, 1968, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania EMDR Technique for Trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization & Restructuring, 1999 – 2000 C.G. Jung Institute of New York, Analyst-in-Training, 1990 -1994 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellowship, 1982-1984 Neurolinguistic Programming and Eriksonian Techniques, 1980 Georgetown Postgraduate Program in Family Systems Theory and Family Psychotherapy, 1977-1978 Virginia Satir Residential Training Workshop in Family Therapy, August, 1978 Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Family Therapy and Behavior Therapy, 1976-1977 Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic practicum in Structural Family Therapy, 1976

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