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Raeleen D’Agostino Mautner

Raeleen D. Mautner is a full-time lecturer with the Department of Psychology.  Her expertise includes self-development/personal growth strategies, life coaching for resiliency/rebuilding after a major life loss/setback, the physical and emotional benefits of traditional Italian lifestyle habits, negative Italian stereotypes in the media and cognitive behavioral approaches to stress reduction, and weight loss and study skills. 


Lecturer, University of New Haven Psychology Department
Certified Life Coach/Personal Development Seminar Leader
Stress Reduction Educator/Cognitive Behavioral Expert

Educational Background

Ph.D. University of Connecticut
M.A. Southern Connecticut State University
Universita' per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy
Coach Training Alliance

Summary of Expertise

  • personal development techniques (coaching stress reduction for cardiac health and overall wellbeing, Italian lifestyle benefits, goal setting, study skills, resiliency/recovery after setback, weight loss, mid-life transition and negative Italian stereotypes)
  • practical psychology (as applied to everyday life)
  • public speaking
  • writing (books, articles, blogs, columns and online content)
  • media experience (television, radio and print)

Current or Recent Research

Mautner is currently conducting stress reduction classes for the Stress Reduction Program to Reduce Abnormal Heart Rhythms Treated with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (the RISTA cardiac study) at Yale University. Techniques include meditation, visualization, self-hypnosis, autogenics, communications skills and problem-solving strategies.

Books or Significant Articles Published:

  • "Living La Dolce Vita: Bring the Passion, Laughter and Serenity of Italy into Your Daily Life," Sourcebooks, Inc., April 2003
  • "Change Your Mind, Change Your Weight," Ronin Publishing, June 2002
  • "Psychology for the Rest of Us," in test market for Blue Mountain Arts Publishing
  • "Survey of Attitudes Towards Italian Americans," American Italian Defense Association, October 2004
  • "Italian Men Who Refuse to Leave Home," Psychology Today, April/May 2008
  • "When in Rome, forget the Monuments and Focus on Lifestyle," Chicago Tribune, September 2007
  • "From Goomba to Galileo: How to Avoid Italian Stereotypes in Promotion Marketing," PROMO Magazine, March 2004
  • "Cross Cultural Explanations of Body Image Disturbance," International Journal of Eating Disorders, September 2000
  • "When in Rome," Quirks Market Research Journal, November 2000
  • "Italo-Actualization: Finding the Wisdom of Your Cultural Heritage," Italian America, March, 2000
  • "Traditional vs. Performance-Based Evaluation," Connecticut English Teacher's Journal, 1997
  • "Il Peso Ragionevole," by Riccardo Dalle Grave. Book review for the European Council on Eating Disorders, 1996
  • "Lemons into Limoncello," The Italian Tribune, weekly self-help column
  • "Dolce Vita," US-Italia, weekly lifestyle self-help column
  • "Manifesting Your Dieting Destiny,", December 2005
  • "Six Simple Steps to a Slimmer, Sexier You,", May 2005

Current or Recent Professional Memberships, Activities or Awards:

  • International Coaching Federation Member
  • International Coaching Federation Connecticut Chapter Member
  • Order of the Sons of Italy America Member
  • Order of the National Sons of Italy Book Club Selection for "Living la Dolce Vita: Bring the Passion, Laughter, and Serenity of Italy into Your Daily Life"
  • The Fred Factor Award for Service to the World Community and Dedication to Helping People

Specific Subjects or Issues Faculty Expert Can Knowledgeably Discuss:

  • Italian lifestyle habits for wellbeing
  • stress reduction strategies to prevent illness and promote health
  • weight loss strategies
  • midlife challenges
  • effective study skills
  • resilience and rebuilding your life after a major  loss
  • self-help writing
  • life coaching

Courses Faculty Expert Teaches:

Introduction to Psychology
Research Methods
Lifespan Development
Child/Adolescent Psychology
Personality Theories
Behavior Modification
Educational Psychology


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