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May 24, 2022

A Conversation with Dr. Diana Uchiyama, JD, PsyD, CAACD (Mental Health Awareness Month Episode)

A Conversation with Dr. Diana Uchiyama, JD, PsyD, CAACD (Mental Health Awareness Month Episode)

Dr. Diana Uchiyama is a lawyer and psychologist helping people struggling with mental health and substance use issues as Executive Director of the Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program. In this special conversation with Hallie and Allison, Dr. Diana shares her personal journey from public defender to clinical psychologist and provides insight into how we can build healthy mental health habits for ourselves and those in our communities.


This month, May 2022, the Personal Jurisdiction and the How I Lawyer Podcasts are teaming up to feature five interviews on the important topic of mental health in the legal profession. In the fourth episode in the series, Hallie and Allison chat with Dr. Diana Uchiyama, the Executive Director of the Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program, about the mental health struggles she has identified among those in the legal profession and what we can all do to build healthy habits to support our own mental health journeys. 

Dr. Diana is the Executive Director of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program, a not-for-profit organization that helps Illinois lawyers, judges, law students, and their families concerned about alcohol or substance use or dependency, mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and suicidal thinking, or stress-related issues such as compassion fatigue and burnout. The Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program offers many different resources for law students, lawyers, and judges, including group meetings, virtual CLEs, and free and confidential consultations. Learn more here

Prior to joining LAP, Dr. Diana was the Administrator of Psychological Services for DuPage County. Dr. Diana was an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County for over a decade. Dr. Diana earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois, her JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, her MS in Clinical Psychology from Benedictine University and her Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. 

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