Diana Zuckerman is the President of the National Research Center for Women & Families, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization that works to improve policies and programs that affect the health and safety of women, children, and families.
Dr. Zuckerman received her Ph.D. in psychology from Ohio State University and was a post-doctoral fellow in epidemiology and public health at Yale Medical School. She started her career as a psychologist on the faculty of Vassar College and then directed research on the impact of television on children as a faculty member at Yale University. After a post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology at Yale Medical School, working on studies of depression, domestic violence, and the health of the elderly poor, she went to Harvard to direct a groundbreaking research study of college students.
Dr. Zuckerman left her academic career in 1983, to come to Washington, DC as a Congressional Science Fellow, sponsored by the American Psychological Association. After spending the year working in the House of Representatives, she decided that public health was her career priority. She spent the next ten years working as a Congressional staffer in the House and Senate, and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working to improve federal programs and policies for women and families. She initiated highly influential Congressional hearings on a wide range of health issues.
In 1995, Dr. Zuckerman served as a senior policy advisor in the White House, working for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Since 1996, she has served in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations, and has been President of the National Research Center for Women & Families since 1999.
In addition, Dr. Zuckerman is a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. She serves on numerous boards and commissions, including the Board of Directors of the FDA Alliance, and until recently was the chair of the Governor's Women's Health Promotion Council for the State of Maryland.
Dr. Zuckerman is the author of four books and dozens of articles in medical and academic journals, and in newspapers across the country. Her policy work has resulted in news coverage on all the major TV networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, public television, 60 Minutes, 20/20, National Public Radio, and in major U.S. print media such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Detroit Free Press, New York Daily News, Newsweek, Time, U.S. News and World Report, Family Circle, the New Yorker, Glamour, Self, as well as many other newspapers, magazines, and radio programs. In addition, she is the author of four books, several book chapters, and dozens of articles in academic journals and national newspapers.