Raeleen holds a Ph.D. in Educational/Cognitive Psychology. Having taught Psychology (including Lifespan/Developmental) to university students for over 25 years, she became passionate about teaching global audiences how to apply positive psychology principles to enrich their lives; which she has since then done through her writing and speaking events. She has authored three books (currently working on her 4th), written numerous articles, produced and hosted a 7-year long radio show; and wrote two newspaper advice columns. Her work has been cited in major publications, such as Family Circle, First for Women, Seventeen, and Weight Watchers. Raeleen has been interviewed for numerous publications and on radio and TV for her expertise in improving body image, reducing stress, building personal resilience, adopting habits that lead to happiness and well-being, losing weight, and communicating more effectively. In other words, the psychology of well-being.
In addition to her writing and public speaking, Raeleen has worked in the field of research at both Yale University and the CT VA Healthcare System for the past several years. She has delivered presentations at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Program on Aging; The Yale-China Mayor’s Association, The RISTA heart study at Yale University, OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute; AIDA(American Italian Defense Association) in Chicago, IL; La Feltrinelli Bookstore in Rome, Italy, RJ Julia; and several OSIA and UNICO chapters throughout CT and NJ. She has appeared on the A&E Chanel with journalist Perri Peltz, and written articles for Psychology Today, the Chicago Tribune, The Italian Tribune, eDiets.com, and Quirks Market Research.
Noticing how the anti-aging industry creates insulting and untrue stereotypes of older adults, Raeleen has now taken on the challenge of helping to bust the common myths of aging, by providing her readers with tips, information and research findings on ways to live the best life possible, regardless of one’s age in her forthcoming book, Aging Happy: How to Knock out the Nonsense and Enjoy the Best Years of Your Life coming out by Linden Press this coming November 1st)
In following her own artistic passions, she acts professionally and was voted
“Best CT Actress in a Musical 2017” on Broadwayworld.com for her work as “Nonni” in Pantochino Production’s “Nonni Cimino’s Kitchen”. She currently also sings with fellow musicians Aldo and Dino Signorello in their Italian Dance Band called Enteprise (www.facebook.com/Enterprise-Live-Music) . We play all kinds of dance music from ballroom to disco, salsa, twist and more–in Italian and English (and yes, even a little Spanish!).