Diana is a memoirist, transpersonal psychologist, inspirational speaker, thought-provoker, poet, and blogger. She’s the award-winning author of eight books, including two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey and four poetry collections, including the latest one, Lust. Her undergraduate work was in Health Administration, Nursing, and Journalism. She is the former director of a chronic care hospital and was a medical journalist f or more than 25 years. She received her MFA from Spalding University’s Low Residency Program. She’s a regular blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and BrainSpeak, and Diana’s doctoral dissertation focused on the transformative and empowering aspects of memoir writing. Diana writes about and facilitates nationwide workshops on the power of writing for transformation and empowerment. Diana, originally a New Yorker, has traveled worldwide and has lived in New York, Montreal, Orlando, and now calls Santa Barbara her home.
Diana is on the Board of Poets & Writers, The Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a UCSB Trustee. Diana is also on the Advisory Board for Antioch University Santa Barbara’s developing MFA in Writing Program and sponsors the forthcoming Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series.
She also organized and headlined the Love, Longing, Lust poetry event held on the AUSB campus in February (click to view photos from the event).