Diana obtained her Ph.D. at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and her M.S.W. degree at the University of Toronto.Diana is a practicing clinical social worker with 20+ years of experience,and she has been a board member of the local chapter of the Ontario Association of Social Workers since 2005. At Laurentian University (LU), she is a core member of the research groupECHO-Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes. She is also the SSHRC Leader for LU.
Diana's research investigatesthe effectiveness of arts-based mindfulnessgroup workfor the improvement of resilience and self-concept particularly in marginalizedchildren and youth. The 12-week arts-based mindfulness group program she and her team have developed is called Holistic Arts-Based Program (HAP).