Diana Raab

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Diana Raab
Diana Raab
Diana Raab
BornBrooklyn, New York
OccupationAuthor, Poet, Blogger, Speaker
Alma materCortland State University
Spalding University
Sofia University (California)
GenreMemoir, poetry, nonfiction

Diana Raab is an American author, poet, lecturer, educator and inspirational speaker.[1]

Early life[edit]

Raab was born in Brooklyn, New York of two immigrant parents.[2] She received her B.S. from Cortland State University[3] in Health Administration with a minor in Journalism. She received her R.N. degree from Vanier College in Quebec,[3] Canada and took her licensure in French. In 2003, she earned her MFA in Writing[4] from Spalding University's low residency program in Kentucky. Raab was a medical journalist for 25 years.[5] She has a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University[6] (Formerly The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in Palo Alto. Her research [6] involved the transformative and healing aspects of memoir writing.


Raab received her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology. Her dissertation/thesis abstract, Creative transcendence: Memoir writing for transformation and empowerment. This narrative inquiry examined the transformative and empowering dynamics of writing a memoir in connection with transcendent and pivotal experiences, particularly the experience of a certain loss, and the relationship between Maslow's theory of metamotivation (of self-actualized individuals) B-(being) creativity and D-(deficiency) creativity, and the writing of a memoir.[7]

Raab lectures and facilitates workshops in memoir, poetry, and writing for healing and transformation.[8]

She is a regular contributor to Psychology Today,[8] Thrive Global.,[9] PsychCentral,[10] and Wisdom Daily.[11]

Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies includingThe Writer, Yoga Journal[12], Mind Body Green,[13] Well Being Journal, Rattle, Black Fox Literary Review, New York Spirit,[14] The Washington Post,[15]

Selected works[edit]

  • Raab, Diana. Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal. Loving Healing Press. (2019). (ISBN 978-1-61599-427-4 paperback)
  • Raab, Diana. Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. Loving Healing Press. (2017). (ISBN 978-1615993239)
  • Raab, Diana. Lust: Poems WordTech Communications (2014). (ISBN 978-1-62549-058-2)
  • Raab, Diana. Listening to Africa: Poems. Antrim House Books (2012). (ISBN 978-1-936482-18-4)
  • Raab, Diana. Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Dependency., co-editor. Foreword by Jerry Stahl. Modern History Press. 2012. (ISBN 978-1-61599-108-2)
  • Raab, Diana. Healing With Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey. Loving Healing Press (2011). (ISBN 978-1-61599-010-8)
  • Raab, Diana. Writers and Their Notebooks, Editor. Foreword by Phillip Lopate. The University of South Carolina Press (2010). (ISBN 978-1-57003-866-2 softcover; ISBN 978-1-57003-865-5 hardcover)
  • Raab, Diana. Your High Risk Pregnancy: A Practical and Supportive Guide. Hunter House. (2009). (ISBN 978-0897935203)
  • Raab, Diana. The Guilt Gene: Poems. Plain View Press (2008). (ISBN 978-1935514398)
  • Raab, Diana. Getting Pregnant and Staying Pregnant: Overcoming Infertility and Managing Your High Risk Pregnancy. Hunter House (1991, 1999, 2009). (ISBN 978-0897-932-387)
  • Raab, Diana. My Muse Undresses Me. Pudding House Publications (2007). (ISBN 158-998-5354)
  • Raab, Diana. Regina's Closet: Finding My Grandmother's Secret Journal. Beaufort Books (2007). (ISBN 978-0-8253-0575-7)
  • Raab, Diana. Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You. Plain View Press (2008). (ISBN 978-1-891386-41-1)


  1. ^ "Diana M. Raab" The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  2. ^ kingsley. "Biography". Diana Raab. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Raab, Diana (January 1, 2010). Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey. Loving Healing Press. ISBN 9781615990108.
  4. ^ "Diana Raab Joins Board of Trustees". Antioch Santa Barbara. April 2, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "Interview with Diana M. Raab" Archived November 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Reader Views. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "PQDT Open". pqdtopen.proquest.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "PQDT Open". pqdtopen.proquest.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Diana Raab Ph.D." Psychology Today.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Diana Raab, PhD | Psych Central". psychcentral.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Daily, The Wisdom. "Diana Raab". The Wisdom Daily. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Raab, Diana. "Articles by Diana Raab". Yoga Journal. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Diana Raab on mindbodygreen". mindbodygreen. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "New York Spirit".
  15. ^ "Books" July 13, 2012 The Washington Post. Retrieved October 24, 2012.

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