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 group ECHO - Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes. She is also the SSHRC Leader for LU.
Diana's research investigates the effectiveness of arts-based mindfulness group work for the improvement of resilience and self-concept particularly in marginalized children and youth. The 12-week arts-based mindfulness group program she and her team have developed is called Holistic Arts-Based Program (HAP). In September 2016, she began a new 3-year project (funded by the SSHRC) facilitating HAP with youth aged 11-17 years old who are experiencing challenges with schooling. HAP helps youth improve their mood and self-esteem, and develop better coping skills and relationships through the enjoyable experience of creative group work. A session by session ouline of HAP can be found in Diana's new book: Facilitating Mindfulness: A Guide for Human Service Professionals. More information ( including videos) can be found on her research website: www.dianacoholic.com.
For almost six years, Diana was the Academic Director for the Northern Ontario Region of the YouthREX project that has a mission to make "research evidence and evaluation accessible and relevant to Ontario’s youth sector through knowledge mobilization, capacity building and evaluation leadership."
- Ph.D., University of New South Wales
- M.S.W., University of Toronto
- B.A., University of Guelph
On The Web
Article in The Conversation, January 12, 2020: Visual Arts Helps Marginalized Youth Learn Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Diana's current research investigates the effectiveness of arts-based/mindfulness-based group work. Her research interests include group work, holistic practices, and strengths-based approaches. Diana has supervised graduate students in the areas of mindfulness, arts-based group work, Aboriginal girls and resilience, various social work practices, vicarious trauma, gender, and mental health.
- Faculty of Health Excellence in Research Award (2018-2019)
Coholic, D. (2019). Facilitating Mindfulness: A Guide for Human Service Professionals. Whitby, ON: Northrose Educational Resources. See: https://www.northrose.ca/northrose-titles.html
Coholic, D., Dano, K., Sindori, S., & Eys, M. (Feb 4, 2019). Group work in mindfulness-based interventions with youth: A scoping review [Special issue]. Social Work with Groups. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01609513.2019.1571764
Coholic, D., Schinke, R., Oghene, O., Dano, K., Jago, M., McAlister, H., & Grynspan, P. (Feb 12, 2019). Arts-based interventions for youth with mental health challenges. Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468017319828864
Coholic, D., Eys, M., McAlister, H., Sugeng, S., & Smith, D. (2018). A mixed method pilot study exploring the benefits of an arts-based mindfulness group intervention with adults experiencing anxiety and depression. Social Work in Mental Health, 16 (5), 556-572. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2018.1449774