Research Analyst / Graduate Student
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
Human Development

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1st Fl., Beebe Hall / HD



Diane Wach is a Research Analyst at the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR). She is also a doctoral student in Human Development.

Diane has worked as a psychotherapist diagnosing and treating diverse populations of clients in a wide-range of clinical settings. She worked with clients coping with stressors along a continuum from daily hassles, to clinical disorders, to trauma - including the September 11th attacks and the Washington DC sniper incident. Her clinical expertise is in the areas of child maltreatment, crisis intervention, suicide intervention, trauma disorders, stress, and personality disorders.

Diane's research interests are connected to her clinical experiences. Her current research is concerned with child maltreatment, personality disorders, trauma disorders, emotion regulation, and media use among clinical populations.

Diane also processes datasets for secondary analysis and provides user support at NDACAN. 

Precursors to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Traits among Maltreated Children

Using Media to Regulate Anxiety

The Impact of Trauma on Using Media to Regulate Emotion

Predicting Adult Borderline Personality Disorder Traits Using Childhood Precursors

Licensed Professional Counselor (#PC003686), Pennsylvania, 2004-present

APA, Division 37, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, Student Board Communications Chair 2012-2013

Translational Research Graduate Student Committee, founder 2010-present

Human Development Graduate Studies Committee, elected 2010-2012

Tompkins County DSS Family Assessment Response Advisory Board, member 2009-present

APA, Division 37, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, Section on Child Maltreatment, member 2008-present

American Psychological Association, member 2010-present

Ithaca Therapist Group, member 2008-present


Diane has many years of experience teaching populations across different venues, including school children, undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals such as police and counselors, and community members. She also has a background in experiential education as a rope-course instructor teaching team building and self-challenge skills.

The primary teaching tenets I hold are:

  • Build a relationship with the class
  • Be considerate of student motivations and hold all students in unconditional positive regard
  • Meet students where they are
  • Teaching methods must match the content and learning goals

MA 2013 - Cornell University - Human Development

MSEd 2002 - Bucknell University - Counseling

BA 1998 - Bucknell University - Psychology

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