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Diana Raab Ph.D.


Diana Raab, Ph.D., is an expert in helping others transform and become empowered through creativity, especially writing. She is a memoirist, poet, blogger, and speaker who facilitates nationwide workshops in writing for healing and transformation.

Her two latest books are, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life, and Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal. It is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. She's the author of two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal, and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey; four collections of poetry, including and Lust. She's editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge. She has published over 1000 self-help articles and poems on the subjects of journaling, memoir, psychology, and health. She's been published and anthologized in numerous national publications.

A Brooklyn native, Diana Raab discovered the healing power of writing, when at the age of 10, her mother gave her a Kahlil Gibran journal to help her cope with her grandmother’s suicide. Diana began her career as a registered nurse and worked as a medical writer for over 25 years. In 2001 after a diagnosis with breast cancer, she combined her medical healing work and her journal writing in a self-help memoir, Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey.

Diana holds a degree in Journalism and Health Administration from Cortland State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in transpersonal psychology from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (a.k.a. Sofia University). Her research focused on the healing and transformative powers of memoir writing.

Diana serves on the board of Poets & Writers and is a trustee at The University California Santa Barbara. She's a fellow in the UCSB Creative Writing Program. The proud mother of three amazingly amazing, empowered, and creative children, ages 31, 35, and 36, and three grandchildren, Diana currently resides in Southern California.

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