Retired Psychology Founding Chair Remembered

Dr. Louis Diamant (Lou), professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, died at home in Charlotte on November 23, 2018. In 1963, when the University was still Charlotte College and consisted of only two buildings, Diamant became the founding chairperson of the Psychology Department.

He served as department chair until 1973, and during his tenure, over 20 faculty were hired to help build the growing department. He continued as professor of psychology until his partial retirement in 1996, after which he taught occasional courses and maintained an active private practice as a clinical psychologist, until his death.

Diamant also served as chairperson and professor at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Besides UNC Charlotte and Hampton University, Diamant taught at CUNY (Queens), University of British Columbia, Yeshiva University, and Johnson C. Smith University.

He was a former director of the Anti-Poverty Mental Health Program of the Mecklenburg County Mental Health Center in North Carolina. His work involved frequent consultations with attorneys, probation officers, and physicians. He worked at Jacobi Hospital in New York City and at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte. Following the Gulf War, Diamant provided treatment to returning servicemen.

Diamant authored numerous papers in the fields of psychopathology, personality, gender, race, and age issues. He was the editor or co-editor of several scholarly books, including The Psychology of Sex, Gender, and Jobs; Mind, Body, Maturity: Psychological Approaches to Sports, Exercise, and Fitness; Case Studies in Psychopathology; and The Psychology of Sports, Exercise, and Fitness: Social and Personal.