Dr. Zelana Montminy has a unique fusion of expertise in the areas of psychology, health, and the media. She is a pioneer in positive health, an emerging field focusing on using positive psychology to promote a lifestyle of healthy nutrition and fitness. She holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health, and also has a Certification in Nutrition. Her doctoral study and research is at the forefront of ground breaking new science, exploring the relationship between happiness, optimism and healthful eating behavior.
Dr. Z, as she is known to her clients and viewers, has dedicated her work to bringing this life changing research on lifestyle optimization to the masses. She is currently on-camera reporting, writing, and producing health and wellness content for the PopSugar Network, a leading lifestyle destination with over 40 million monthly unique visitors. Dr. Z also is the Health & Wellness Reporter for POPSUGAR NOW on the TV Guide Network, appearing several times a week on the television show. She regularly appears as a wellness expert on other media outlets as well, most recently on Good Morning America and The Today Show, and has shared the stage with other leaders in the field, including Dr. Oz, Jane Fonda, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Bob Harper to name a few. Dr. Z has been a featured expert in a variety of top national magazines as well such as Fit Pregnancy, Psychology Today, Redbook and Shape.
In addition to her extensive work in the media, Dr. Z frequently speaks at conferences and various academic, business, and non-profit institutions on topics such as Positive Psychology and how to reinvent one’s relationship with food. She advises corporate clients and food retailers on the psychology of food, healthful menu choices, and brand development for lifestyles of health and wellness. Dr. Z has also partnered with a variety of leading consumer brands for sponsorship and ambassador roles that are consistent with her healthy living philosophy. Additionally, she works with individual clients on how to improve mood and behavior through positive eating habits. Her latest project is a unique pregnancy related fitness and nutrition DVD series called Healthy, Fit, Happy Mom produced by one of the premier fitness production studios in America.
Dr. Z is a member of the American Psychological Association, a consultant for the Institute for Applied Positive Research, and serves on several boards, including the Las Virgenes Chapter as well as the Pacific Region of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), and the Program Advisory Board of the Respect Institute. An avid traveler, Dr. Z speaks five languages and has enjoyed living abroad. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.