Lorraine Mangione, PhD

Professor and Director of Practica
Department of Clinical Psychology

Professional Goals & Research Interests

My present clinical, training, and research interests can all be grouped under two overarching concepts:  Relationship and Meaning in Life.

With the publication with Donna DiCello, Psy.D. of Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America, I have been engaging many people around issues of the deep importance of family relationships, the process of grief and loss, the meaning-making that goes into coming to terms with such loss, the role of culture and ethnicity in families and in death and mourning, and how people change and don’t change during such times.

Another colleague and I have developed a short-term group model for working with women in the second half of life called Beyond Midlife and Before Retirement: Seeking Meaning, Purpose, and Joy.  In this group we work with women as they reflect on their lives in a way that is inclusive of spirituality and aging.  We would like to eventually write about this model for a group journal.

My interest in meaning-making, relationships, and how people get help and grow, and my great interest in Bruce Springsteen’s work, have come together in a few articles and talks, and now a colleague and I are collaborating on a huge survey of women fans and the role that Springsteen plays in their psyche.  Our article is in the process of being edited for a scholarly book on Springsteen, and is called: Who is Bruce Springsteen to his Female Fans?

Mentoring is a continuing interest, which stems from my work on the relationship competency for NCSPP.  With a few colleagues and students I will be doing a survey of doctoral students to see the ways in which professional school programs may have broadened and deepened our ideas about mentoring in psychology graduate school.

My on-going interest and concerns about the internship crisis is reflected in my contributions to the Psychology Internship Development Toolkit, which continues to be updated and was recently discussed in an article in Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Supervision is the bedrock of clinical training, and I have been involved in research on it and hope to continue to be.

I have fantasies of branching into Conservation Psychology, but at this point they remain just that although I have had very stimulating conversations with our Environmental Studies faculty about possible collaboration.