Dr. Diane®‘s Areas of Practice
- Brain Rehabilitation
- Forensic Consulting
- Sports Psychology
- Performing Arts Psychology
- Brain Fitness
When a brain injury occurs, the system becomes dysregulated or, in other words, the brain becomes stuck in specific brainwave patterns. Thus, it is no longer resilient and flexible, and often becomes over-reactive (hyper arousal – anxiety). When this happens, to protect itself the brain shuts down causing depression, fatigue and inattentiveness.
Acquired Brain Injury
While a brain injury refers to any damage or injury occurring in the brain, acquired brain injury (ABI) is the term designated to any damage to the brain that occurs after birth. This type of brain injury can be either traumatic or non-traumatic, or due to an external or internal cause.
Dr. Diane® has served as an expert witness and forensic consultant in many legal matters throughout the U.S. and Canada. She provides clear and concise reports, and expert testimony for judges, attorneys, insurance companies and government agencies.
Sports psychology deals with the psychological factors associated with participation and performance in sports, exercise, and other types of physical activity. Dr. Diane® will work with the individual athlete, coach, trainer or parent regarding enhancing performance, improving communication and team building skills, motivation, and sports injury and rehabilitation.
Performing Arts Psychology is the interface between psychology and the performing artist. In recent years, it also includes neuroscience. There is now a division in the American Psychological Association entitled Neuroscience and Psychology in Performing Arts.
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, neurotherapy and brain training, is a subdivision of Biofeedback. Biofeedback is a method of gaining information by monitoring blood pressure, skin temperature, brain waves, heart rate and other body conditions to help promote control over normally involuntary bodily processes through conditioning, also called operant conditioning and relaxation.
Brain Fitness Training with Dr. Diane® is more than just memory games. Using scientifically proven methods along with state-of-the-art cutting edge technology, Dr. Diane® can help you achieve your goals!
About Dr. Diane®
As a Neuropsychologist, Board Certified Health Psychologist, and brain injury survivor with over 35 years of experience, I specialize in Brain Rehabilitation, using the latest cutting-edge technology to help brain injury and brain trauma survivors regain control of their lives and become thrivers.
As a Neurofeedback practitioner, Board Certified Sports Psychologist and Performing Arts Psychologist, I also specialize in Brain Fitness. Over the years I have worked with amateur, professional and Olympic athletes, as well as performing artists to help them achieve Peak Performance and be in “The Zone”.
Prior to my work as a psychologist, I worked in two diverse fields; Special Education and Business. As an educator of special needs, I was an instructor at Tufts University and worked as a Special Needs Auditor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the field of business, I was trained as a cost accountant and taught cost accounting at Stonehill College, Fisher College and Chamberlain College. Through my experience as a cost accountant and business woman, I have worked with CEO’s, CFO’s and many others to help them develop the Resilient Mind needed to achieve excellence in their careers.
Audio & Video
The following are audio and video samples from Dr. Diane®‘s past speaking engagements.
– From the Pilot International Convention 2000 (Keynote speaker). Length: 25 seconds. Size: 864K. Dr. Diane® speaks about Brain Injury.
– From the Pilot International Convention 2000 (Keynote speaker). Length: 1 minute, 35 seconds. Size: 2,100K Dr. Diane® speaks about Brain Injury.
– From the Pilot International Convention 2000 (Keynote speaker). Length: 56 seconds. Size: 1,200K (1,2M). Dr. Diane® speaks about her own brain injury.
– From the Pilot International Convention 2000 (Keynote speaker). Length: 31 seconds. Size: 696K. Dr. Diane® speaks about her own brain injury.
– From the Brain Injury Association of Ohio Annual Conference (Keynote speaker 1999). Length: 40 seconds. Size: 876K. Dr. Diane® speaks about her own brain injury.
September 27th, 2019
In this Interview about empowering family caregivers with Blog Talk Radio, I talk to host; Meghana Giridhar, about the many forms of memory loss and strategies to help the recovery process for those who have experienced traumatic brain injury.
August 9th, 2019
In this Interview with Business Talk Radio, I explain my history, what it took to get to where I am now and what sets me and the rest of my team apart from other practices.
March 20th, 2018
In this interview with Josh Arnold, I tell about my personal history and how I came to help others with brain injuries and cognitive health problems.
September 18th, 2017
I define to the show’s host all the professionals a Neuropsychologist can help and the treatments and solutions I can provide.
April 19th, 2017
This podcast I speak with veteran television journalist and host of the NightSide radio podcast about how to keep your kids safe from concussions and how to spot concussion symptoms while they’re out playing contact sports.
June 3rd, 2016
During this Radio Interview I speak with Kelly Ford and country music star Chuck Wicks on America’s Morning Show. As an expert in sports psychology, I help Chuck cope with the anxiety of an upcoming Ironman Half Triathlon in Hawaii. Listen below:
January 4th, 2016
During this interview, Casey and I speak about the deceptive technical title of concussions as a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, the potential ramifications of even a “little” concussion, and the different medical scans available for the brain. We also cover the challenges of recovering from a brain injury as well as several effective treatments for healing brain trauma. There are two parts.
December 29th, 2015
During this interview, Mike and I speak about the difference between head injuries and brain injuries, ways a concussion can occur, the issues around helmets in football, and the danger of concussion to pee-wee football players.
Unlocking the Minds of Athletes Podcast, Hosted by NFL Veteran Isaac Byrd
May 13th, 2015
This podcast is designed to detail how sports psychologist and the best athletes on the planet work together to create a mental framework for mental toughness and peak performance. Each episode brings you an interview with a sports psychologist or a mental-game coach who shares their journey, struggles, successes, pre and in-game mental techniques, teaching principles and much more.
During this podcast I share the effectiveness of visualization techniques.
August 14th, 2014
Tune in as Lynette Louise picks my brain on brain injury and brain trauma.
June 25th, 2014
Listen in as I talk about concussion, concussion treatment, and my story!
Read the Transcript
October 2nd, 2013
Tune in as I talk about recovery and my newest book!
July 29th, 2012
Listen in while I give Craig my expert advice on Brain Rehab, Brain Fitness, and more!
September 5th, 2000
Discoveries & Breakthroughs Brain Injury Diagnosis
Radio Interview: Disabled & Proud – It’s Not an Oxymoron
What is Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?
WENS Talk Radio, Indianapolis, IN with Joanne Kluz
What is Mild Traumatic Brain Injury? “It happened to me” – From the Brain Injury Association of Ohio Annual Conference (Keynote speaker 1999). Listen as I speak about my own brain injury.
“Hope is ripped from us, and never takes root” – From the Brain Injury Association of Ohio Annual Conference (Keynote speaker 1999).
Listen as I speak about my own brain injury.
Take Charge of Your Health
Tree of Life
Health Beat ABC Health Spot
Honors & Awards
- Nominated for Alumni Council, Graduate School Representative Tufts University, 1984
- Outstanding Young Women of America, 1979
- Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education
Dr. Diane® has been quoted in the following:
- American Psychological Association: “Online Mental Health”
- Army Times Publishing Co. (US)
- BankRate.com: Reducing stress can help your business thrive
- Better Homes & Gardens: A Green Thumbs Up – August 2004
- Boston Globe: Damaged Brains: The Outcomes Are Better and Their Outlook is Better Still – July 6, 1998: Psychologist Confronts Head Trauma Boxford Woman Writes ‘Guidebook’ for Other Victims – June 28, 1998
- Brobible.com: Podcasts for Treating Insomnia With Hypnosis
- Delicious Living March 2006: 3 Smart Ways to Boost Brain Power
- Eagle-Tribune Newspaper
- First For Women Magazine
- First Health of Andover: Personal Training, Avoid Brain Trauma
- Good Housekeeping
- Healthyplace.com: Natural Panic Attack Treatments
- Homelife Magazine: Reconnecting with Old Friends
- iParenting.com: Brain Food- What you eat affects what you think : Walking on Eggshells. Teens With Borderline Personality Disorder
- Jewish Woman Magazine Spring 2003: Robin Levinson: Too Much On Your Plate
- Journal News
- Marion Independent Journal: Eric Harr: How to Keep From Falling Off the Fitness Wagon
- MS News: Judge clears way for lawsuit against HMO
- New England Psychologist: Neurofeedback: A Viable Treatment for Mental Health Issues?
- Pilot Log- Pilot International 2000
- Recipes Today: “Brain Food – What You Eat Affects How You Think” By Carma Haley Shoemaker
- Redbook: Kristyn Kusek: One Minute to Better Health
- Road King: Health – All About Sleep
- Sentinal and Enterprise
- Shape Magazine
- South Florida Business Journal
- Univision Online
- Vestibular Disorder Journal: Summer 1998
- VHL Family Alliance: Getting over brain surgery
- WebMD: Carol Sorgen: Natural Panic Attack Treatments
- Woman’s Day
- Woman’s World
Quotes about Dr. Diane®
- Injured Woman Who ‘Lost Self’ Urges Fighting Back The Huntsville Times, April 2010
- Woman Returns from Brain Injury after ‘losing’ self Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 2001
- Helping The Walking Wounded: Brain Injuries Accident Victim Appears Healthy, But Life Is Struggle From The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
- Fighting for better diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries The American Psychological Association (APA) Monitor
- Your Guide for the Slopes Will Courtney and Bryon Rivers, The Eagle Tribune, December 30, 2000
- Hypnobirthing Offspring Magazine July 3rd-13th, 2000
- Energy Psychology Lawrence Eagle Tribune, July 2nd, 2000
- Psychologist confronts brain injury; aids others The Alliance, November/December 1999
- In One Second her Whole Life Changed by Diana Brown, Lawrence Eagle Tribune, 1999
- Psychologist Confronts Head Trauma by Wendy Kileen, Boston Sunday Globe, 1998
- Martial Arts Gave Dr. Back Her Life Cassandra I. Petrakis, Lawrence Eagle Tribune, February 1998
- Fighting for a Better Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injuries APA Monitor, November, 1998
- Damaged Brains Judy Foreman The Boston Globe, July, 1998
- Boxford Psychologist Survives Brain Tumor Carol Brook Ball, TriTown Transcript, 1999
- Psychology Today
Dr. Diane® is a verified therapist by Psychology Today. She was also asked to be a blog contributor for PsychologyToday.com. Her blog, “The Resilient Brain” addresses all areas of brain health, including brain rehabilitation and brain fitness, and gives a message of both help and hope for overcoming challenges and regaining your life.
- American Psychological Association (APA)
Dr. Diane® is a professional member of the American Psychological Association. Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization respresenting psychology in the United States. With more than 159,000 members, APA is also the largest association of psychologists worldwide. The object of the American Psychological Association shall be to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.
- Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts
The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is a private, nonprofit organization that serves individuals with brain injury and their families and offers award-winning prevention programs to individuals of all ages. The Association was incorporated in 1982 and is a chartered affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. BIA-MA collaborates with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Department of Public Health, the Veterans Administration, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and other groups to prevent brain injuries and serve survivors.
Dr. Diane® is a verified member of GoodTherapy.org. GoodTherapy.org is an association of mental health professionals in over 25 countries who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy and provide ethical, collaborative therapy services. GoodTherapy.org is also ranked as one of the top therapist directories on the Internet, helping people seeking treatment to connect with therapists.
- International Society for Mental Health Online
Dr. Diane® is a professional member of the International Society for Mental Health Online. The International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO) was formed in 1997 to promote the understanding, use and development of online communication, information and technology for the international mental health community. ISMHO is a nonprofit corporation.
- International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR)
Dr. Diane® is a professional member the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research. International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) is an international membership organization of people from various professional disciplines doing neurotherapy, neurofeedback training and research.
- National Speakers Association
Dr. Diane® is a member of the National Speakers Association. As the leading organization for experts who speak professionally, NSA provides resources and education to advance the skills, integrity and value of its members and the speaking profession.
- Society for Human Resource Management
Dr. Diane® is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 190,000 individual members, the Society’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive resources available. As an influential voice, the Society’s mission is also to advance the human resource profession to ensure that HR is recognized as an essential partner in developing and executing organizational strategy.
- Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA)
Dr.Diane is a member of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA), New England’s premier human resources association. Since 1985, NEHRA has provided members with programs, information and networking opportunities that stimulate professional growth and enhance workplace contributions. Approximately 4,000 HR professionals, representing large and small companies in all industries within the region, as well as individuals providing products and services to the human resources community, belong to NEHRA.
- The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology
Dr. Diane® is a member of the The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. Formed in 1999, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) is a US Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Publicly Supported Foundation of approximately 1,300 licensed mental health professionals and allied health practitioners around the world. ACEP members are dedicated to exploring, developing, researching and applying energy psychology methods to alleviate human suffering, enhance human performance and access human potential.
- American Academy of Bereavement
Dr. Diane® is a member of The American Academy of Bereavement (AAB), a non-profit organization founded in 1993, is a national association devoted to the education, preparation and advancement of bereavement specialists.
- American Society of Clinical Hypnosis – ERF
Dr. Diane® is a Certified Consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the largest U.S. organization for health and mental health care professionals using clinical hypnosis.
- Pi Lambda Theta – International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education
- National Institute of Sports Professionals: National Register
The National Institute of Sports Professionals (NISP) has been established for the express purpose of developing a more organized system of care for athletes at all levels of competition, in all sports, in all areas of the country.
Dr. Diane®‘s Story
On March 5, 1990, my life was suddenly transformed. Driving home after visiting a cancer patient, I suffered a cerebral bleed (an aneurysm, a type of stroke), became unconscious at the wheel of my automobile, and was involved in a 60 mph head-on auto accident. Five months later, I had open skull brain surgery to remove the cause of the stroke, which was a growth on my brain, called a cavernous hemangioma.
At that time I was successful health practitioner, managing a private practice of 7 therapists and 250 patients. I suddenly found myself thrust in the role of brain injured patient, fighting for survival, but I did survive, and regained my life. From my personal experience and professional expertise, I wrote “Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,” the first comprehensive guide to brain trauma and its hidden effects, to help other survivors regain their lives.
I understand and appreciate the role of a caregiver, because I was actively involved in the care of both my mother and one of my sons who both sustained brain injuries. My mother had several strokes, plus two concussions, and my son sustained three concussions causing him memory loss (amnesia) for more than four hours.
My experiences led me to devote my clinical practice, writings and personal appearances to helping organizations and individuals overcome life’s obstacles and reach their full potential.
In 2004, I was bitten by a deer tick and got a bulls-eye rash. For 18 months I was misdiagnosed by numerous physicians and suffered with painful joints and a rash from my knees to my neck. I also had a mini stroke in the motor area of my brain, making me unable to button my clothes or pull up a zipper. Finally, I went to see my cousin Dr. Steven L Keenholtz, a physician who specializes in infectious disease. He diagnosed me with Lyme Disease. Due to my allergies to antibiotics, I was helped with an herbal antibiotic, Golden Seal. This herb, along with the nutritional counseling and whole food supplements provided by Martha Lindsay, who is now a part of my expert team, made all the difference. I no longer have any symptoms of Lyme Disease.
On February 22, 2008, once again, my life was turned upside down as a result of another automobile accident. Driving to my office, a snowplow broadsided my automobile, taking off the front part of it. The impact caused me to become unconscious at the wheel of my automobile. I was out of work for a month with symptoms of Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). During this period, I had several MRI’s, which showed additional brain injury along with a 1 cm meningioma (brain tumor) in the frontal area of my brain. I immediately consulted with my brain surgeon, who let me know that it was not cancerous and I would be fine. Using the treatment methods mentioned in my first book, Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and now in my newest book Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, along with my integrative approach, I was able to return to work by August 2008.
On May 1, 2010, I suffered another concussion. While reclining in a zero gravity lounge chair, the hinges suddenly broke resulting in my falling backwards, hitting my head, and remaining unconscious for several minutes. Again I went to various doctors, and underwent a CAT scan and MRI to conclude I had a concussion. With the help of my integrative team, the methods in my book, and plenty of rest, I was able to return to work within 3 weeks.
In October of 2013 I went for my routine annual MRI scan to assess the meningioma in my brain. There it was discovered that the meningioma has doubled in size since 2008. I went to four neurosurgeons who said that since I had no symptoms of headache or seizures, to watch and wait for the next six months. I was told that if it grew or I began to have symptoms, I would need brain surgery and be out of work for at least two and a half months.
I have received great news. The tumor has not grown! I directly attribute this to all I do to take care of myself through my brain rehabilitation program and a brain healthy diet. The next visit is in nine months. I look forward to positive news!
My Journey with Lymphoma
In my blog: Blast Injury: Coping with the Unexpected I shared that in May of 2014, an MRI found a tumor on my liver that indicated the possibility of liver cancer. I dismissed this at the time thinking it was a benign growth and was willing to watch and wait. In November 2015 I had another MRI and my doctors insisted that I have a biopsy, which I did on December 22nd. The results showed I had lymphoma; one of the strangest forms ever seen. It was so strange that a second biopsy was done on February 19, 2016.
I’ve had two PET scans since my diagnosis. The first shows stage 1 with the tumor and cancer only on the liver and nowhere else on my body. The second shows the same results with a slight decrease in the tumor. This decrease came as a result of absolutely no chemotherapy, it is due solely to my method of treatment (aka my “concoction.”) My oncologist said my next appointment for a PET scan was in 6 months and a blood test in 3 months. They were very surprised, and I was definitely a happy camper, doing a happy dance.
On August 2, 2016 I received more great news when I was given my latest test results. It turns out that all of my tests are better than normal, which is due to my healthy lifestyle and diet. These results mean that I do not have to see my doctor or have another PET scan until November. Doing a Happy Dance!
I went for an MRI of my Brain Tumor on Sept 17th, and my blood work is better than normal and the tumor on my liver is 2x smaller than it was in April, which was 1x smaller than my first PET scan in February.
Thus, I’m still alive to provide helpful and hopeful insights for your recovery and my tumor is 3x smaller and I’m feeling GREAT.
Original diagnosis was a 3cm tumor primary hepatic lymphoma with Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, B-Cell and T Cell Lymphoma in 2016. As of January 2019 this tumor is totally gone. Disappeared using the methods I developed in my blog. My doctors said that was impossible, yet it is gone. However in the same PET scan in January and in a recent PET scan on April 25th 2019, the PET scan shows a new 1 cm on the liver and metastasized outside of liver area to lymph nodes that are 3x larger than in January and a spot on my lung. Thus, I have my work cut out for me again. Not a happy camper, yet I’ve come up with additional methods as detailed in my newest blog on Lymphoma.
Every 4-6 months, I have my blood work done. And as usual for me, on September 12th 2019, it was normal, which is totally not normal if you have a blood cancer as I do. Yet, neither before my diagnosis nor currently have I ever had an abnormal blood test. That is why I joked about being a dog. They can have normal blood test and still have a form of lymphoma, as I do.
My oncologist has scheduled another PET scan in mid November to determine the status of my cancer, which is currently at stage 2. In the meantime, I will continue to take HemoHIM. I am still feeling GREAT and will continue to live a healthy lifestyle and provide you with insights to aid in your own recovery.
November 14, 2019
I went for my 6 month PET scan, and once again, using the methods I have developed, the results are encouraging. I still have a 4mm spot on my left lung. However, there was a reduction of everything else across the board! Specifically, the liver tumor decreased from 5.7mm to 4.6mm; lymph nodes around my liver decreased from 10.7mm to 8.3mm, and another from 6.3mm to 4.9mm. I am hopeful and will continue my methods.
Previously it took me 3 years to get the 3cm primary hepatic tumor to disappear. I am realistic that in the next year I will reduce these areas, if not make them disappear altogether!
COPING WITH CONCUSSION AND MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
A Guide to Living with Challenges Associated with Post Concussion Syndrome and Brain Trauma, Avery Publishing Group, NY., November 2013.
by Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D. and Barbara Albers Hill
This book includes information on sports and blast injuries
For more information about Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, click here.
TIMELESS – A NOVEL – WHO AM I?
“Quite a novel! Born of understanding from mystics and modern physics, Timeless is an absorbing novel that keeps you spellbound from beginning to end. And along the way it just might transform your understanding of life.”
– Dr. Fred Gallo, author of Energy Psychology and Energy Tapping for Trauma.
CASE STUDIES IN APPLIED PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback Treatments for Advances in Human Performance
W. Alex Edmonds and Gershon Tenenbaum, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Dr. Diane® contributed the following:
Chapter 14, Case Study 12: Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery, A Neurofeedback-Integrative Approach
COPING WITH MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
A Guide to Living with the Challenges Associated with Concussion/Brain Injury
Avery Publishing Group, NY., January 1997
HANDBOOK OF HYPNOTIC SUGGESTIONS AND METAPHORS
Edited by D. Corydon Hammond, Ph.D.-Norton, 1990.
Dr. Diane® contributed four scripts:
- Hypnosis in Pain Management-Suggestions with Postherpetic Neuralgia (‘Shingles’).
- Hypnosis with Cancer Patients-Breast Cancer: Radiation Treatment and Recovery.
- Hypnosis with Medical Disorders-Suggestions for Vaginal Warts.
- Hypnosis in Obstetrics and Gynecology-Childbirth Script/ Approach to Childbirth.
Publications and Quotes
- The National Fibromyalgia Association
Coping with Chronic Illness: Fibromyalgia
- American Psychological Association
“Online Mental Health”
- Army Times Publishing Co. (US)
Reducing stress can help your business thrive.
- Better Homes & Gardens
A Green Thumbs Up – August 2004
- Boston Globe
Damaged Brains: The Outcomes Are Better and Their Outlook is Better Still – July 6, 1998
Psychologist Confronts Head Trauma Boxford Woman Writes ‘Guidebook’ for Other Victims – June 28, 1998
- Bottom Line Health (July 23rd 2014)
Article on concussion
Podcasts for Treating Insomnia With Hypnosis
- Delicious Living March 2006
3 Smart Ways to Boost Brain Power
- Eagle-Tribune Newspaper
- First For Women Magazine
- First Health of Andover
Personal Training, Avoid Brain Trauma
- Good Housekeeping
Natural Panic Attack Treatments
- Homelife Magazine
Reconnecting with Old Friends
Brain Food- What you eat affects what you think.
Walking on Eggshells.
Teens With Borderline Personality Disorder
- Jewish Woman Magazine Spring 2003
- Robin Levinson
Too Much On Your Plate
- Journal News
- Marion Independent Journal
Eric Harr: How to Keep From Falling Off the Fitness Wagon
- MS News
Judge clears way for lawsuit against HMO
- New England Psychologist
Neurofeedback: A Viable Treatment for Mental Health Issues?
- Pilot Log- Pilot International 2000
- Recipes Today
“Brain Food – What You Eat Affects How You Think” By Carma Haley Shoemaker
Kristyn Kusek: One Minute to Better Health
- Road King
Health – All About Sleep
- Sentinal and Enterprise
- Shape Magazine
- South Florida Business Journal
- Univision Online
- Vestibular Disorder Journal
- VHL Family Alliance
Getting over brain surgery
Carol Sorgen: Natural Panic Attack Treatments
- Woman’s Day
- Woman’s World