Dr. Heather M. Diaz is a United States Naval Veteran and Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow specializing in thought disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, criminalistics, veteran services, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender-specific concerns. She received her Doctoral degree and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Upon graduation she also received the Rockway Certification in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Mental Health and Human Services. This doctoral certification allows Dr. Diaz the unique training, knowledge, and perspective to create a safe place for friends, parents, adolescents, and family members with LGBTQOIA-related distressing concerns. Dr. Diaz has also worked as part of a research team to establish a crisis intervention and mental health referral service within the Central Valley of California for the LGBTQOIA communities. Additionally, Dr. Diaz has also served as a primary and co-lecturer to graduate students on the “Politics of Sexuality/Sexual Orientation on Identity Development and Interpersonal Functioning” while facilitating experimental/process oriented groups.

Dr. Diaz completed her forensic pre-doctoral internship at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita, Oklahoma. Dr. Diaz provided psychological inpatient behavioral health services to individuals in a maximum-security state hospital. Her primary duties served pretrial defendants who were deemed incompetent for adjudication, and individuals adjudicated as Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity.  Her duties included Yalom-based group and individual therapy, psychological assessments, neurological assessments, risk assessments, and crisis management. She also has forensic experience working with victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence where the focus was on grief and trauma. Dr. Diaz also has a passion for continuing her trauma-focused work with military veterans and family members. As a military veteran and psychologist, Dr. Diaz had the opportunity to conduct research alongside the military communities focusing on Enhanced and Restricted Interrogation Techniques, wartime trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In addition to her graduate psychological forensic training, Dr. Diaz has also gained a specialization in working with those impacted by a thought disorder, such as Schizophrenia. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings facilitating group and individual therapy concentrating on reality awareness, personal identity, mental health stabilization, medication management, and co-occurring disorders.

Dr. Diaz completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Chapman University in Orange County, California graduating Magna Cum Laude. During this time, Dr. Diaz was privileged to work as a Lead Behavioral Interventionist providing individualized home-based therapy to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Prior to employment at the Moore Counseling Center, Dr. Diaz worked for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections at a correctional psychologist. Her primary duties included suicidality crisis interventions and individual therapy servicing those housed on death row and in segregated housing. Dr. Diaz also served in the United States Navy attaining multiple military honors and an honorable discharge after enlistment before starting her journey as an aspiring psychologist. During this time she traveled to many countries and has continued to be inspired by the diversity the world has to offer. Dr. Diaz uses this perspective as part of her theoretical orientation.  Her approach to therapy and evaluations is one that is process and solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral based, but often borrows from other frameworks including Gestalt therapy, Existentialism, Developmental psychology and Evolutionary psychology. In addition to therapeutic services, Dr. Diaz has a passion for research on differences in individual personalities. Dr. Diaz has presented at multiple professional conferences, specifically focusing on the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS), on preliminary findings and future directions for clinicians.  Finally, Dr. Diaz is also a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Dr. Diaz is currently under the supervision of D. Gant Ward, Ph.D.