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Raeleen Mautner, Ph.D.

Raeleen Mautner, Ph.D.

EDUCATION Dr. Mautner holds a Ph.D. in Educational/Cognitive psychology and specializes in self-help strategies that are both effective and grounded in research findings. 

EXPERTISE IN GERONTOLOGY: Raeleen’s extensive experience working with older adults and identifying their challenges include being part of a team on several nation-wide research studies geared toward improving the lives of older adults, at Yale University’s Program on Aging. She was also invited to address the Yale-China Mayors’ Association on ways to improve aging conditions in China. Currently Dr. Mautner coordinates a research study pertaining to  older veterans across several VA Healthcare Systems. 

TEACHING: A former university psychology instructor with over 25 years experience, Dr. Mautner taught many behavioral science courses including Developmental/Lifespan psychology, which emphasizes the cognitive, behavioral, and physical changes that occur through each stage of life.  She also developed and taught a course based on her own self-help materials, at the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute for older adults, at the UCONN Waterbury branch

WRITING: Raeleen has conducted body image research, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and worked as a Behavioral Consultant for a hospital-based obesity program. Her book, Change Your Mind, Change Your Weight (Ronin) was endorsed by the father of cognitive-behavioral therapy, Dr. Albert Ellis.  Raeleen is also the author of the popular self-help book Living la Dolce Vita:(Sourcebooks); and Lemons into Limoncello (HCI Books). 

For a number of years, she served as the advice columnist for The Italian Tribune, and as a columnist for the Italian language newspaper, America Oggi.

Dr. Mautner has published articles in Psychology Today,, Quirks Market Research Journal, and the Sunday Travel Section of The Chicago Tribune.

RADIO & TV: Dr. Mautner is no stranger to being in the public eye. She won’s 2017  “Best Actress in a Professional Musical” award in her state of CT.  She was an on-air radio talent for 7 years; hosting and producing two talk radio shows at WNHU (University of New Haven station): The Art of Living Well, and The Italian Art of Living Well.  She hosted her own local cable TV show on NHTV for a number of years (an interview show that highlighted local business owners), and has co-hosted several shows for Interview with Bill Dillane. Mautner has been a guest on Channel 8 WTNH, NBC-30, and Vito DeSimone’s Brooklyn College author channel. 

SPEAKING: A gifted international keynote speaker, who receives outstanding reviews, Mautner’s clients have included The Learning Annex NYC, Brooklyn College, CCSU Italian Club, SCSU CITA (Connecticut Italian Teacher’s Association).Italian Physician’s specializing in eating disorders Lago di Garda (Verona), University of Connecticut’s’ OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute;  several universities throughout CT and NY, numerous chapters of OSIA (Order of the Sons of Italy) and UNICO chapters throughout the tri-state area; La Feltrinelli International Bookstore (Rome), John Cabot University (Rome), numerous Barnes and Noble Bookstores, The American Italian Committee on Migration, the Italian American Women’s Association, The NYC Italian Cultural Institute;  the American Italian Defense Association (AIDA), The Renaissance Club, various libraries throughout the state, the Connecticut Employee Assistance organization, the ANNEX Learning center NYC, The Italian American Museum, in NYC,  San Gennaro Italian Festival in Manhattan’s Little Italy, the Haverhill Italian Festival (MA), IAM Bookstore and Italian Cultural Hubbub , and The Greenwich CT Singles Club. 

APPEARANCES: Dr. Mautner has been interviewed on many TV and radio shows throughout the US, and for major magazine articles (Family Circle, Weight Watchers, First for Women), including an interview with journalist Perri Peltz for the A&E channel. 

AWARDS: Some of the honors she received include the 2018 AMITY Club’s Outstanding Citizen Award for my work “Lemons into Limoncello”2017 Best Actress in a Musical (CT); 2014 Outstanding Italian American Womancitation in the Christmas edition of The Italian Tribune; the 2013 ACIM (American Committee on Italian Migration) Humanitarian Award; and the 2013 Congressional Community Service Award (given by congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for her service to the Italian American community). She was also given the Fred Factor Award (Las Vegas) for the impact her writings have made on the lives of others. 

Two of the author’s books were OSIA (Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy) Book Club Selections. 

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