Diane L. Kaufman, MD

Physician, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Hillsboro Clinic

Dr. Kaufman comes to Mind Matters, P.C. with over thirty years of patient care experience.  She happily relocated from New Jersey to Portland, Oregon in August 2014 to be close to her daughter and newborn baby granddaughter.  Prior to joining the Mind Matters, P.C. clinical team in November 2016, Dr. Kaufman served as a child psychiatrist at Morrison Child and Family Services.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Dr. Kaufman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke College.  Dr. Kaufman received her medical education at Downstate Medical Center followed by six and a half years of training at New York University Medical Center/ Bellevue Hospital in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child psychiatry.  For the next 28 years, she was an outpatient child psychiatrist who also at times provided psychiatric care to adults, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ, Newark campus), which is now known as Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. 

Dr. Kaufman served as Medical Director of Preschool Services, Medical Director of the Crisis Intervention Mobile Outreach Program, and received honors for her practice of humanism in medicine.  Especially concerned for the emotional well-being of children who had experienced abuse, Dr. Kaufman obtained grants for special projects to better meet their needs, and created the parenting program, Parents are People Too!

Dr. Kaufman is a published poet who has expertise in poetry and story as therapy.  She is the author of the children's book, Bird That Wants to Fly, that inspired an opera.  The actor Danny Glover narrates Bird That Wants to Fly on the audible.com recording of the opera.  She is the author of Missing Mommy on a child's bereavement, and 15 Poems to Healing and Recovery. Dr. Kaufman's passion for arts and healing led to collaboration with the Nursing Department at University Hospital (Newark, New Jersey) and the establishment of Creative Arts Healthcare.  Dr. Kaufman was the keynote speaker at the 2016 National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference and presents internationally on creativity and healing. 



  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in General Psychiatry

  • American Board of Pediatrics

  • Graduate, Internship, Residency, Fellowship (Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry with board eligibility), New York University Medical Center/ Bellevue Hospital

  • Graduate, Medical School, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

  • Expressive Arts Educational Facilitator, Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island



  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Oregon Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Oregon Medical Association