Diana Divecha


Diana Divecha, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist in San Francisco who writes about children, teens, and cross-cultural family life. Her two daughters are in college and graduate school.


Stories by Diana Divecha

St. Martin's Press, 2015, 385 pages.

Articles: How Does Spirituality Grow in Children?

By Diana Divecha | August 21, 2015

A new book explores how to raise children with a sense of awe and transcendence. But does the evidence back up its claims?


Articles: Can Wishful Thinking Heal Your Brain?

By Diana Divecha | June 2, 2015

A new book explores the frontiers of neuroplasticity, but Diana Divecha says that not all its conclusions are sound.


Articles: The Teenage Opportunity

By Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014

A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.


Articles: Five Tips for Helping Teens Manage Technology

By Diana Divecha | June 25, 2014

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.


Articles: How Your Teen Can Thrive Online

By Diana Divecha | March 18, 2014

Two new books look at how the Internet is affecting teens—and what adults can do to help foster a healthy online life for kids.

Tarcher, 2014, 336 pages

Articles: A Journey into the Teenage Brain

By Diana Divecha | January 27, 2014

Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.

Crown, 2013, 288 pages

Articles: The Moralist in the Crib

By Diana Divecha | December 11, 2013

Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.

Workman Publishing Company, 2013, 304 pages

Articles: Will Our Grown-Up Kids Ever Grow Up?

By Diana Divecha | June 24, 2013

A new book explores how to parent today's young adults, who are struggling to become established and independent.


Articles: What Gen Y Needs from Parents (and Why You Should Give It to Them)

By Diana Divecha | January 22, 2013

New research says parental help for young adults is normal—and it may now be necessary.

Delacorte Press, 2011, 176

Articles: A Guide to Your Child’s Brain

By Diana Divecha | February 15, 2012

A review of Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson's The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind.


Articles: How Parenting is Like Surfing

By Diana Divecha | April 21, 2011

A recent study helps parents understand the many hats they have to wear.




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