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Raeleen D'Agostino Mautner, Ph.D.

Raeleen D’Agostino Mautner, Ph.D.

Dr. Mautner’s research focused on a cross cultural comparison between Italy and the US. She holds a dual citizenship (Italy and US) and has both studied and given presentations in Italy, in addition to having traveled to the bel paese many times to visit family, dating back to the years when she and her grandfather would make the journeys together. Raeleen taught psychology for over 25 years at the university level, in addition to producing and hosting her own radio show called The Italian Art of Living Well. She has written columns for America Oggi, The Italian Tribune, and L’Idea Magazine, as well as for Italian America, Fra Noi, Psychology Today, the Chicago Tribune, and Quirks’ Market Research.

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

Her comparative body image research study was published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and she 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, Inc.); and Lemons into Limoncello (HCI Books). 

Her newest book is 45 Ways to Live Like an Italian: Italian-Inspired Self-Care Traditions for Everyday Happiness, which will be published by Sourcebooks, Inc. in November of this year (2023). It is currently available for pre-order online at either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

A gifted international keynote speaker, who receives outstanding reviews, Dr. 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. 

Raeleen 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. 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 Woman citation 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 chosen by OSIA (Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy) as their national book club selections. 

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