Diane Medved, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author of six major non-fiction books, blogger, and nationally-known speaker and media personality. A fifth-generation Californian, she received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from UCLA, as well as her elementary and secondary teaching and counseling credentials, supporting herself through school as a writer, teaching assistant and researcher.
Dr. Medved’s long-running blog, “Searching for Bright Light,” and frequent newspaper and magazine columns cover social media, family and politics. Her doctoral work with couples inspired a successful UCLA Extension course that became her first book. She offers workshops nationally on marriage and child-bearing decisions, as well as her unique “Eat What You Want” no-diet program that tackles distress and dissatisfaction about appearance and food.
Dr. Medved’s radio career began with syndicated features on personal issues, and expanded to her own shows for California Radio Network and the first internet radio network, TalkSpot. She’s a frequent voice on her husband’s nationally syndicated radio program, “The Michael Medved Show” that reaches 4.5 million listeners daily, and she’s appeared on dozens of television programs including “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” “CBS Morning News,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “Oprah,” and “Larry King.”
Dr. Medved’s new book Don’t Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalizing Your Marriage, (2017 by Regnery Publishing) immediately rose to Amazon’s number 1 in Divorce, and is receiving wide print, online, and media coverage.
Dr. Medved’s experience in her clinical practice led to her groundbreaking book, The Case Against Divorce (1989; still widely sold in paperback). In it, she shows how divorce is usually “a cure worse than the disease” and details how a casual attitude about divorce harms individuals, children and the wider community.
Dr. Medved’s other books include Children: To Have or Have Not?, First Comes Love: Deciding Whether or Not to Get Married, Saving Childhood: Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence (with her husband Michael Medved) and The American Family: Discovering the Values that Make Us Strong (with former Vice President Dan Quayle), which quickly appeared at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Best-Seller list (first printing 350,000 copies).
Diane and Michael Medved have been married for 32 years, and raised their three children in their present Seattle-area home. They became grandparents for the first time recently with the birth in January, 2017 of the adorable Julia Rose.