School of Medicine

Section of Clinical Psychology

Diane Franz, PhD

Diane Franz

Diane Franz, PhD (she/her) is a Pediatric Psychologist at Children's Hospital New Orleans. She has served as Director of the Department of Psychology for over a decade. Dr. Franz completed graduate training at the University of Mississippi, her internship at Georgetown University Medical School and went on to receive her postdoctoral training at University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
Clinically, Dr. Franz’s interests include chronic medical conditions (diabetes) and assisting families navigating the interface between medical and psychological issues. She is embedded within several medical clinics including endocrinology and neurology. She also works within Children’s Hospital’s pain clinic, where she is treats families struggling with pain, complex medical diagnoses, and functional disorders. She has strong interests in feeding disorders and is a founding member of Children’s Hospital’s Feeding Team clinic. From a research perspective, Dr. Franz collaborates regularly with the diabetes team and is a co-author on several papers related to racial disparities for pediatric patients with diabetes. Her primary approach to treatment is based in scientific principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy, with strong collaboration between families and their medical providers. She is particularly interested in utilizing CBT-AR (CBT for ARFID), DBT, and ACT informed care. Dr. Franz has been a leader in training in Louisiana for many years and finds great satisfaction in teaching the next generation of psychologists.