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President’s Message

Welcome to the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP). Here you will discover a climate of learning conducive to inquiry and discovery, one that encourages experiential learning, substantive interaction with faculty and significant collaboration among peers. At the Michigan School, cultivating the potential of every student is a priority. We emphasize the attainment of professional competence and believe personal growth is essential in the evolution from novice to practitioner.

I have had the distinct pleasure of witnessing the school’s growth since its inception more than 30 years ago.  Based on a solid foundation of humanistic principles, over the years the Michigan School has embraced contemporary theories and best practices in clinical training while continually focusing on academic excellence.

Our outstanding programs provide the context for attainment of proficiency that meets the challenges and evolving needs of an ever-changing society. I invite you to discover the exceptional quality and unique spirit of the Michigan School.

Diane S. Blau, PhD

Leadership Team

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Diane Blau, PhD

President/ Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Blau co-founded the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (originally the Center for Humanistic Studies Graduate School) in 1980.  She has had a long-standing commitment to furthering its mission as a unique and outstanding graduate school. Prior to becoming its president in 2012, Dr. Blau held multiple academic and administrative roles at the school, including masters and doctoral faculty, masters program chair, accreditation coordinator, and dean of academic affairs. Dr. Blau has been a proponent of creative and experiential teaching, the integration of technology in learning, and broad dissemination of scholarship. During the majority of her tenure at MiSPP Dr. Blau maintained an active clinical practice. Dr. Blau frequently presents on her areas of expertise at national and international professional conferences. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Existential Humanistic Institute and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.


Diane Zalapi Vice President

Diane K. Zalapi, MS

Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer

Diane Zalapi, Vice President of the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, is responsible for oversight of institutional operations.  In collaboration with the administrative team, she provides leadership and support for the development and implementation of academic and student support services, facility and financial operations. With a BA in English from Western Michigan University and an MS in Counseling from Wright State University, Ms. Zalapi has held Student Services and Administrative roles in higher education for more than 25 years.  Prior to joining MiSPP in 2007, she was the Vice President for Enrollment Services at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin and had previously held positions at Walsh College, Lake Michigan College and Oakland Community College.

Ms. Zalapi’s belief that all members of the institutional community contribute to student success is foundational to the mission of MiSPP. By establishing and maintaining effective operations and strong student services, faculty are supported in the teaching/learning process and students are able to achieve their academic goals.


Fran Brown PsyD

Fran Brown, PsyD

Program Director/ Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Brown received her Doctor of Clinical Psychology from MiSPP and is also an alumna of MiSPP’s master’s program. In addition, she received a B.S. in administration from Central Michigan University. As a former executive in Michigan’s largest insurance corporation, Dr. Brown brings to MiSPP’s MA and PsyD programs an extensive knowledge of health care delivery and business practices. Before becoming Program Director, she served as MiSPP’s Director of Clinical Training for a number of years. Dr. Brown has worked in private practice, in a large, hospital-owned outpatient clinic and at a small, community-based organization. Her areas of special interest include writing and communication, working with the LGBTQ population, and the implications of parentification in children and adults. Dr. Brown is an active community volunteer and has received awards for her clinical excellence, academic writing, and diversity efforts.