Dr. Michael J. Diamond received his Ph.D. from Stanford University where his graduate training was in both social-personality and clinical psychology. His primary graduate school interests and research were in the areas of social issues and attitude change, community social psychology, existential-humanistic and behavioral psychology, and hypnosis and consciousness. During that time, he completed a one-year pre-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital along with additional practica training at Stanford University's Counseling & Testing Center.
After completing his doctorate, he began his professional career as an academic clinical psychologist, spending the next four years as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in both Clinical and Social Psychology at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu (Manoa), Hawaii where he also developed his research laboratory in Consciousness and Cognitive Behavior. His areas of study included psychotherapy, group process and therapy, applied social psychology, hypnosis and consciousness, and cross-cultural psychology. He was awarded the University of Hawaii's Regents Medal for his undergraduate teaching. He also served two semesters on the teaching faculty of the Semester-at-Sea Program teaching undergraduate students while traveling in a residential ship program around the world under the auspices of the University of Colorado and Chapman College.