Pathways in Music is an online platform dedicated to the research, education, and cultivation of music psychology and neuroscience.

Pathways in Music is Diana C. Hereld (M.A.) and Margaret D. Hereld (Ph.D., Ed.D.).


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Diana Hereld is a musician, writer and graduate student of music and psychology at the University of California, San Diego. After pursuing opera, world music and linguistic studies while living abroad, Diana completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Communication in Los Angeles. In 2011, she began an appointment as a psychology researcher at California State University Northridge, where she conducted a study in music, autism and working memory. Throughout her time in LA, Diana also enjoyed working as an early childhood music educator, freelance writer, and voice and piano instructor specializing in the tutelage of children with special needs.

As a vocalist, Diana has studied in London under Ian Kennedy (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, BBC) and in Florence under Susanna Rigacci (preferred soprano of Ennio Morricone). She has appeared internationally on platforms including The Today Show, United Nations and Accademia Europa. She performs locally as chamber pop singer-songwriter Diana Christien, and is managed by Revolution Entertainment. Diana’s music is available on iTunes and Spotify.

In spring 2014, Diana was awarded a full fellowship to complete her Master of Arts in Music at the University of California, San Diego. Although Diana’s enthusiasm for music, mind and the brain is multifaceted, her longstanding interest is particularly in the way varied clinical populations respond emotionally to music, how this changes over time in consequence of affect regulation strategies, and the resultant implications for psychological resilience and suicide prevention. Her theoretical research draws from continental and psychoanalytic traditions to examine the nature of music’s impact on identity, subjectivity, and the self. Her thesis highlights how the conscientious use of heavy/intense music on self-destructive behavior and suicidal ideation affects clinical populations. She will begin her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University in the fall of 2018.

Diana’s work has been featured in The Huffington Post, KPBS, KUSI, Music HealsSchool of Pop TVAn und für sich, Hypebot, Music Think Tank, Sidewinder.fm, Live Nation, and To Write Love on Her Arms.

For teaching/research inquiries, please contact Diana at dianahereld@gmail.com

For management/licensing inquiries, please contact Winston Elliott at rock@rev-ent.com

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