Award-winning Author, Columnist, Radio Personality, and Self-help specialist Dr. Raeleen D’Agostino Mautner advocates preserving Italian lifestyle traditions as the road to physical and emotional well-being. She is an internationally acclaimed writer, speaker, behaviorist, and former stress-reduction interventionist at  Yale University.

Dr. Mautner  produces and  hosts  “The Italian Art of Living Well” radio show on WNHU 88.7FM (or stream in live  every Monday at 7AM. The show is her  positive answer  to all of the negative press and stereotyping of Italians and Italian Americans by the media. This show features recipes, beautiful Italian music selections, mini language lessons, short interviews with those making an impact in the Italian American community, and of course self-help tips from her own work.

Mautner holds a PhD in Educational/Cognitive Psychology, and  her doctoral research was a cross-cultural study comparing Italy and the US on body image and other factors. For over 25 years she lectured as a psychology professor for some of Connecticut’s finest higher education institutions, including Quinnipiac University, The University of New Haven, and Southern CT State University, before leaving academia to pursue her writing and public speaking practice. She is author of “Living la Dolce Vita: Bring the Passion, Laughter, and Serenity of Italy into Your Daily Life (Sourcebooks).  Dolce Vita has been translated into several languages and read by people throughout the world.  Mautner has also written articles for Psychology  Today, The Chicago Tribune,, Quirks Market Research, Fra Noi, and Italian America. Her work has been cited  in Family  Circle Magazine, First for Women, Seventeen, and Weight Watchers. She has appeared on national radio and TV, and has given presentations in the US And Italy.

Her latest book, “Lemons into Limoncello: From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy” was recently released by HCI Books, and is available whereever books are sold. It was featured in Fra Noi Magazine, as well as Counselor Magazine, and  The Italian Tribune, for which Dr. Mautner writes a weekly advice column. She has also written for America Oggi, Psychology Today,  The Chicago Tribune and numerous other publications.

Dr. Mautner–a dual citizen of both the US and Italy— has also served as Research Director for the American Italian Defense Association (AIDA) in Chicago, IL, a group of professionals that fights the negative stereotyping of Italian Americans and Italians, through legal means, education, and research.

As consultant to the MOU  project among the Dept of Education/Global languages–NY Italian Consulate-IACE (Italian American Committee on Education), Dr. Mautner created the first Italian Language Resource Center for Italian Language Teachers in Connecticut. She  currently writes, consults and speaks on ways to live well, by incorporating the positive, traditional Italian lifestyle principles that are also rooted in the psychology literature of well-being.

In addition to both of her books being chosen for OSIA’s book club selections, Mautner was  awarded the Humanitarian Award by the ACIM (American Committee on Italian Migration), and the Congressional Recognition Award for Community Service by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.


Here are  just some of the comments Dr. Mautner has received about her work:

–“I have just lost my spouse and the pages of your book are like a warm blanket of comfort to me. Thank you so much for writing from your heart.”

-“You have changed my friend’s life. She was depressed and your book has turned her life around. She is now successful and thriving.”

-“I have given your book to everyone in my family. Thank  you for reminding us about the importance of love and relationships. You are wonderful!”

–“When you spoke tonight, it was just what I needed to hear to get through my crisis. I feel recharged.”

–“You are an amazing, inspiring speaker. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to your public.”

–“Your behavioral coaching as led me to reach goals which I never thought I could.”

Raeleen has delivered “unforgetable” and “inspiring” presentations at  Yale University in New Haven CT,  the John Marshall Law School in Chicago IL, The Omni Hotel in New Haven CT, the Italian Cultural Institute in NYC, The Italian American Museum of NYC,  The Sons and Daughters of Italy New Haven Chapter, Central CT STate University, Brooklyn College, UNICO/One Voice ( N.J. and CT), The Knights of Columbus, and La Feltrinelli Bookstore in Rome , Italy, among many other venues.

“Lemons into Limoncello: From Loss to Personal Renaissance with the Zest of Italy” is meant to help readers ease recovery and renewal their lives after experiencing personal loss, change,or  major life transition–with the zest of simple Italian pleasures. To contact Dr. Mautner with comments, speaking invitations, or to send her question for her advice column in The Italian Tribune:

2 thoughts on “About Dr. Mautner

  1. Dear Professor Mautner,
    This note of thank you is a very long time coming.
    I first encountered your book, Loving La Dolce Vita, in 2007 at Quinnipiac book store, a week after just after having spent time in Italy for my first time.
    I was shopping for my daughter’s college books, and your book caught my eye.
    I’ve read it cover to cover, and I’m still taken with how beautifully you relate your keen observances about the best wisdom Italians have relating to most every aspect of life.

    I am so glad that you’re work is well received and that you are helping so many people live the sweet life.
    God bless you and your family.
    Wishing all of you the very best of health, happiness and good fortune,
    Jeff Sorrell

    1. Dear Jeff,
      What a beautiful email. Thank you so much for your appreciation of my work. I can tell that the sweetness of Italy has had a profound effect on you, as it does on almost everyone whose lives are touched by those very simple principles I have written about.
      God bless you and yours too . It means a great deal to me that you took the time to write.
      mille grazie

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