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Diane Hennacy Powell, MD

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Diane Powell, M.D. is an author, public speaker, researcher and practicing psychiatrist. She received her medical degree in 1983 from Johns Hopkins University, and stayed to complete postdoctoral training in medicine, neurology, and psychiatry.

In January 1987 she trained for six months at The Institute of Psychiatry in London, England with Sir Michael Rutter, who was knighted for his work on autism. In July 1987, Dr. Powell joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School where she taught neuropsychiatry, and gained experience in cross-cultural psychiatry and mind-body medicine. She moved in July 1989 to engage in molecular biology research at the University of California at San Diego during the Human Genome Project.

The deeper her studies of neuroscience took her, the more apparent it became that the mysteries of human consciousness could not be understood through mainstream theories. Her research interests include the neuroscience of extraordinary states of human consciousness and anomalous experiences, discussed in detail in her 2008 book The ESP Enigma: A Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena. In 2010, she was invited to participate in a private symposium on Wasan Island, sponsored by the Brueninger Foundation. Jeff Kripal, Sudhir Kakar and Dean Radin and others also attended. The 2012 book, Seriously Strange: Thinking Anew about Psychical Experiences, is an academic compilation that arose from this gathering with each participant contributing a chapter. In January of this year she traveled to India to evaluate autistic savants as part of her ongoing research for her next book.