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The Rock Stars of Neuroscience

How a Groupie in Crisis Emerged as the Heroine of her Family's Victory over Mental Illness


rock stars neuroscience

The Rock Stars of Neuroscience



Embedded with the rhythm of humanity, Raphael's The Rock Stars of Neuroscience: How A Groupie in Crisis Emerged as the Heroine of her Family’s Victory over Mental Illness takes us from pain to despair and back again, opening up both the brain, and perhaps more importantly, the human heart. Faced with overwhelming odds, Raphael sets about finding out what is wrong with herself and her loved ones, and goes to places most fear to tread. A fascinating and inspiring read of both the mainstream and the fringes of neuroscientific knowledge, The Rock Stars of Neuroscience is ultimately driven by a mother's very human need to understand the suffering of her children.

In her poignant and well-researched book, The Rock Stars of Neuroscience: How A Groupie in Crisis Emerged as the Heroine of her Family’s Victory over Mental Illness Raphael shares her own journey, seeking help from some of the world’s leading mental health researchers.   Written with a deep sense of compassion, she also discovers that humanity resides in our very basic need to be understood, to be loved, to love others, and to be part of something greater than ourselves.  Our connection to each other makes us human, and gives us hope. The Rock Stars of Neuroscience is uniquely authentic, and filled with a reality that is rarely seen.

Michael Schofield, Author

January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her

C. Andrew Schroeder, M.D., Clinical Chief of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Emeritus

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

In The Press
The Rock Stars


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Dr. Michael Okun
Administrative Director and Co-director of the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, University of Floriday
Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen
Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, UK, Director of the University's Autism Research Centre
Dr. Adam Gazzaley
American Cognitive Neuroscientist, Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at University of California, SF
Dr. John C. Lilly
American Physician, Neuroscientist, Psychoanalyst, Philosopher, Writer and Inventor
Dr. Andrew Weil
American Physician, Author, Spokesperson
Dr. Dacher Keltner
Professor of Psychology at University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Michael Jenike
Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Timothy Leary
American Psychologist and Writer
Dr. Lloyd Sederer
Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health
Dr. John Piacentini
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine, Director of the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, UCLA Semel Institute
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness, University of MA
Dr. Ross Greene
American Clinical Child Psychologist and Writer
Dr. Anthony Rothschild
Director, Center for Psychopharmacologic Research and Treatment, University of MA


     F. D. Raphael has built a career in the music industry through new business development beginning with the David Geffen Company, and for rock band, Aerosmith, as their director of tour marketing and promotion. One of the first female Senior Vice Presidents in the music industry, she helmed traditional, digital, and strategic marketing for Rhino Entertainment, Bertelsmann Music Group (now Sony Music), and Concord Records generating sponsorship and partnership licensing revenues, producing websites, television specials, and infomercials. Tapping into her unique ability to collaborate with quirky personalities, she executive produced the critically acclaimed theatrical release, DeRailroaded: The Wildman Fischer Story. The film, documenting Fischer’s colorful music career, punctuated by paranoia, and manic-depressive schizophrenia, received accolades from international and domestic film festivals, and featured "Weird" Al Yankovic, Rosemary Clooney, Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Frank Zappa, and Solomon Burke.

     Raphael graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Honors English/Mass Communication, where she interned for the legendary publisher, William Phillips, of The Partisan Review literary magazine. She attended the Writer’s Program at Bennington College, and later became a staff writer for The Middlesex Daily News in Massachusetts.

    In 2011, she received the prestigious California State Parent Teachers Association Honorary Service Award.  She was also recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.).  Memberships include National Academy Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS); Tourette Association of America (TAA); Rutgers Alumni Club.

     Currently, she works with UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge Advocacy Team. Raphael lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their dogs Foster and Posse 2. She has two grown sons.



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