Diana Zuckerman

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President, National Research Center for Women & Families

Research Interests:
Federal health policies, women’s health, children’s safety, long-term safety of medical products, federal advisory committees, medical decision-making process, informed consent

Dr. Zuckerman has a doctorate in clinical psychology and post-doctoral training in epidemiology and public health. After starting her career on the faculty at Vassar and Yale, and as director of a research project at Harvard, she shifted to a policy career in 1983, working in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. As the founding president of the National Research Center for Women & Families, she focuses on federal policies that can improve the health and safety of women, children and families. The Center works with researchers and policy makers to bridge the gap between scientific research and public policy on health and safety issues such as the long-term safety of medical products, informed consent, and improving the quality and reducing disparities in medical care. Dr. Zuckerman is the co-author of four books and dozens of articles in psychology journals, medical journals, other scholarly publications, and national newspapers. She is widely quoted on women’s and children’s health issues and federal health policy issues on TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers.

Singer, D.G., Singer, J.L., & Zuckerman, D.M. (1981). Teaching Television: How to Use TV to Your Child's Advantage. New York: The Dial Press.

Singer, D.G., Singer, J.L., & Zuckerman, D.M. (1981). Getting the Most Out of Television. Santa Monica: Goodyear Publishing.

Singer, D.G., Singer, J.L., & Zuckerman, D.M. (1990). Use TV to Your Child's Advantage. Reston, VA: Acropolis Books.

Huston, A.C., et al. (1992). Big World, Small Screen: The Role of Television in American Society. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.

Articles, Monographs, and Book Chapters
Women and Family Issues:

Zuckerman, D.M. (1977). Challenging the traditional female role: An exploration of women's attitudes and career aspirations. ERIC Document Service, (250 pgs).

Zuckerman, D.M. (1978). A retrospective study of interests and abilities that predict the life goals and sex-role attitudes of college women. Psychological Reports, 43, 1151-1157.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1979). The impact of education and selected traits on sex-role related goals and attitudes. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 14, 248-254.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1980). Self-esteem, self-concept, and the life goals and sex-role attitudes of college students. Journal of Personality, 48, 149-162.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1980). Self-esteem, personal traits, and college women's life goals. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 17, 310-319.

Zuckerman, D.M., Prusoff, B.A., Weissman, M.M., Padian, N.S. (1980). Personality as a predictor of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy outcome for depressed outpatients. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48, 730-735.

Zuckerman, D.M., Singer, D.G., & Singer, J.L. (1980). Television viewing and children's reading and related classroom behavior. Journal of Communication, 30, 166-174. Reprinted in Standard Educational Almanac, 1980.

Singer, D.G., Zuckerman, D.M., & Singer, J.L. (1980). Helping elementary school children learn about T.V. Journal of Communication, 30, 84-93.

Zuckerman, D.M., Singer, D.G., & Singer, J.L. (1980). Children's television viewing and racial and sex prejudice. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 10, 281-294.

Stark, E., Flitcraft, A., Zuckerman, D. et al. (1981). Wife Abuse in the Medical Setting: An introduction for Health Personnel. Domestic Violence Monograph Series, National Clearinghouse on Domestic Violence, NIMH.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1981). Sex-role related goals and attitudes of minority students: A study of black college women and re-entry students. Journal of College Student Personnel, 22, 3-30.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1981). Family background, sex-role attitudes, and life goals of technical college and university students. Sex Roles, 7, 1109-1126.

Zuckerman, D.M. & Sayre, D.H. (1982). Sex-role related goals and attitudes of elementary school children. Sex Roles, 8, 853-864.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1983). Women’s Studies, self-esteem, and college women’s plans for the future. Sex Roles, 9, 633-642.

Zuckerman, D.M., Kasl, S., & Ostfeld, A. (1984). Psychological predictors of mortality among the elderly poor: The role of religion, well-being, and social contacts. American Journal of Epidemiology, 119, 410-423.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1985). Confidence and aspirations: Self-esteem and self-concepts as predictors of life goals. Journal of Personality, 53, 543-560.

Zuckerman, D.M. & Zuckerman, B.S. (1985). Television's impact on children. Pediatrics, 75, 233-240. Reprinted in Design for Arts for Education, 1985, 86, 39-45.

Zuckerman, D.M., Colby, A., Ware, N., & Lazerson, J. (1986). The prevalence of bulimia among college students. Journal of the American Public Health Association, 76, 1135-1137.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1987). Women in Psychology: Who are they, and where are they going? In Paul Woods (Ed.), Is Psychology the Major for You?, American Psychological Association.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1988). Women in Psychology: Who are they, and where are they going? In Paul Woods (Ed.), Is Psychology the Major for Them?, American Psychological Association.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1989). Stress, self-esteem, and mental health: How does gender make a difference? Sex Roles, 20, 429-444.

Dubowitz, H., Zuckerman, D.M., Bithoney, W.G., & Newberger, E.H. (1989). Child abuse and failure to thrive: individual, familial, and environmental characteristics. Violence and Victims, 4, 191-201.

Shaw, L., Zuckerman, D.M., & Hartmann, H. (1998). The Impact of Social Security Reform on Women, Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1999). On Common Ground: Prominent Women Talk About Work and Family. Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Hartmann, H, Yoon, Y, & Zuckerman, D. (2000). Part-time Opportunities for Professional and Managers: Where are They, Who Uses Them, and Why. Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Zuckerman, D. (2005) Treat Your Body Well, in M. Burk (Ed.) 50 Ways to Improve Women’s Lives, Inner Ocean Publishing.

Zuckerman, D. M. and Dubowitz, N. (2005). Clash of Cultures: Women and Girls on TV and in Real Life. In Featuring Females, E. Cole and J. H. Daniel, (eds), American Psychological Association Press.

Health Care, Social Issues, and Public Policy:
Rickards, L.D., Zuckerman, D.M., & West, P.R. (1985) Alzheimer's Disease: Current congressional response. American Psychologist, 40, 1256-1261.

Zuckerman, D.M. Uncle Sam wants you: How psychologists can get involved in public policy. Clinical Psychologist, 40, 38-40.

Zuckerman, D.M. Why has the NIH done nothing to minimize conflicts of interest in science? Chronicle of Higher Education, October 13, 1993, p. B1.

Zuckerman, D.M. & DeLeon, P.H. (1995). The critical importance of personal involvement. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 26.

Zuckerman, D.M. (1996). Media Violence, Gun Control, and Public Policy. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 66, 378-89.

Zuckerman, D.M. (2000). The Need to Improve Informed Consent for Breast Cancer Patients. Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association, 55, 285-89.

Zuckerman, D.M.& Kalil, A. (2001) Introduction: Welfare Reform: Preliminary Research and Unanswered Questions. Journal of Social Issues, 56, 579-586.

Zuckerman, D.M. (2001) Welfare Reform in America: A Clash of Politics and Research. Journal of Social Issues, 56, 587-600.

Zuckerman, D.M. (2001) The Evolution of Welfare Reform: Policy Changes and Current Knowledge. Journal of Social Issues, 56, 811-820.

Zuckerman, D.M. (2002). Helping Cancer Patients Consider the Pros and Cons of Breast Reconstruction. RN Magazine

Zuckerman, D.M. (2004) Blind Adults in America: Their Lives and Challenges. National Center for Policy Research for Women & Families.

Zuckerman, D.M. (to be published in 2006). A Consumer Advocate’s Perspective on Medical Device Safety. In Medical Device Epidemiology and Surveillance, S. L. Brown and D. Tavris (ed.).

Congressional Policy Reports:
The Department of Education's Limits on Publications: Saving Money or Censorship? House Report 99-978, 1986.

Occupational Health Hazard Surveillance: 72 Years Behind and Counting. House Report 99-979, 1986.

Mismanagement of the Office of Human Development Services: Undermining Programs for Children, the Disabled, and the Elderly. House Report 100-57, 1987.

From Back Wards to Back Streets: The Failure of the Federal Government in Providing Services for the Mentally Ill. House Report 100-541, 1988.

Barriers to Prenatal Care: Can the U.S. Do More With Less? House Report 100-574, 1988.

Infertility in America. House Report 101-389, 1989.

The Federal Role in Determining the Medical and Psychological Impact of Abortion on Women. House Report 101-392, 1989.

Are Scientific Misconduct and Conflicts of Interest Hazardous to Our Health? House Report 101- 688, 1990.

Mismanagement in Programs for the Homeless: Washington, D.C. as a Case Study. House Report 102-366, 1991.

Is Science for Sale?: Transferring Technology from Universities to Foreign Corporations. House Report 102-1052, 1992.

Is the FDA Protecting Consumers from Dangerous Off Label Uses of Medical Drugs and Devices? House Report 102-1064, 1992.

The FDA's Regulation of Silicone Breast Implants. Congressional Staff Report, 1993.

Is Military Research Hazardous to Veterans' Health?: Lessons Spanning Half a Century. Congressional Staff Report, 1994.

Opinion Articles in National Publications:
Dr. Zuckerman’s op-eds have been published in Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, San Jose Mercury News, Charlotte Observer, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Courier News (NJ), Washington Times, and numerous other newspapers, and been distributed on the LA Times-Washington Post news wire and the Knight-Ridder news wire. From 1999 through 2004, she published a monthly column, Research Watch, in Youth Today, a national newspaper.

A sample of recent op-ed publications include:
“Will Social Security be Derailed?” published in August 2000 by the (IA) Telegraph Herald

“What the FDA Should Learn From the RU-486 Marathon” published in October 2000 by The Washington Post

“Social Security: Safe Harbor in a Stormy Economy” published in April 2001 by Knight-Ridder

“Welfare Reform Needs Reform” published in August and September 2001 in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune

“Claims of 'safer' cigarettes must be subjected to FDA scrutiny” published in December 2001 in the Charlotte Observer and the Lexington Herald Leader

“Do Breast Implants Increase Health Risks?” published in April 2002 in Physician's Weekly

“Is Drug Safety Being Enron'd?” published in May 2002 in the Detroit Free Press, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, the (Charleston, WV) Gazette-Mail, and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“The Bad News About New Drugs Comes Very Late” published in July 2002 in The Sacramento Bee and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“Public Needs FDA to Improve Watchdog Policies on Drugs” published in July 2002 in the Detroit Free Press and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“Finding Relief for Working Moms” published in September 2002 by the New York Times syndicate

“Hype in Health Reporting” published in September/October issue of Extra! Magazine.

“Dangerous Laxity on Medical Implant Safety” published in October 2002 in the Los Angeles Times

“Taking Beauty Standards to Extremes” published in January 2003 in the Tallahassee Democrat and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“A Split Decision on Breast Implants” published in October 2003 in The Washington Times

“Do We Need to Give Up Tuna?” published in December 2003 by Knight-Ridder newswire.

“The Movies, Cigarettes, and our Children,” published in July 2004 in the Biloxi (MS) Sun Herald, The Record (Hackensack, NJ), Lexington Herald Leader, and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“Be all you can be—in a C-Cup?” published in August 2004 in the Houston Chronicle, Tulsa World and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“No Supersizing This Year!” published in September 2004 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Los Angeles Daily News, The (Fredericksburg, VA) Free Lance Star, the Peoria (IL) Journal Star, and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“Social Security and Women” published in November 2004 in The Miami Herald, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The (NJ) Record, Watertown (NY) Daily Times, Detroit Free Press, Mobile (AL) Register and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“FDA Needs to Think Long-Term” published in December 2004 in the Albany Times-Union, Lexington Herald-Leader, The Miami Herald, el Nuevo (Miami) Herald and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“New Year’s Resolutions for the U.S.” published in January 2005 in The Sacramento Bee, Duluth News-Tribune, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, Watertown (NY) Daily Times and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“Bad Year for the FDA” published in May 2005 in the Duluth News Tribune, Tulsa World, and other Knight Ridder newspapers

”Safe Enough?” published in August 2005 in The Washington Times

“Safe Enough for Political Use?” published in September 2005 in Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“Shopping for Children has Become a Risky Proposition” published in November and December 2005 in the San Jose Mercury News, Austin American-Statesman, Duluth News Tribune, Whittier (CA) Daily News and other Knight Ridder newspapers

“There's No Such Thing as Free Viagra” published in January 2006 in the Salt Lake Tribune, Hartford Courant, Salt Lake Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Press of Atlantic City and other Knight Ridder newspapers
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