Lorraine Mangione

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Dr. Lorraine Mangione received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Duke University in 1976 and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas in 1984, and has been at Antioch University New England for over 30 years, relishing her involvement in teaching, research, and directing the practicum system. Dr. Mangione has special interests in creativity and artistry; group therapy and group dynamics, especially women’s groups and groups across the lifespan; psychodynamic theory; Bruce Springsteen’s work and its larger meanings; the meaning of fandom in people’s lives; integrating creativity into psychotherapy; supervision and the supervisory relationship; adult development and creativity; loss and grief processes; ethnicity and cultural diversity; and qualitative research and epistemologies. Her presentations and papers at regional and national conferences, often with students, have included such topics as mentoring in clinical psychology, dreaming and grief, spirituality and religion in group therapy, short-term group psychotherapy, leadership in groups, group training, and supervision, relational aspects of supervision, political polarization, and larger level systemic issues in clinical training and supervision. She presents often on the following topics, sometimes within an Italian-American framework: father/daughter relationships, loss and grief, creativity, spirituality, and identity development in women, and has published two chapters in this area in the book Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health and in her book, co-authored with Donna DiCello, Psy.D., Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America. Creativity and its role in people’s lives and psyches has been an interest since her dissertation, which was a representative case study of a woman artist in which the artistic process was examined in detail. Creativity and some of the other topics mentioned above are included in her latest book, co-authored with Donna Luff, PhD; Mary Climbs In: The Journeys of Bruce Springsteen’s Women Fans, which investigates the deeper meanings of fandom through two large surveys.

Dr. Mangione was chair of the Massachusetts Psychological Association Training Committee for 10 years and remains actively involved in MPA and the Training Committee. She has co-chaired MPA’s annual conference three times recently. In the past, she chaired regional training conferences in 2007 and 2011 that brought together the New England academic and clinical training communities, along with national leadership, to address national level changes and initiatives in professional psychology education. In 2022 she chaired the Clinical Supervision Conference, again bringing together national and local leaders in the field of supervision, including a student panel from several of the Boston area and Antioch doctoral programs, for a rich day of updating and deepening our understanding of supervision. In addition, she is also involved in the training community in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts and is working towards greater collaboration with that group of schools and sites.

Within the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, she has been actively involved in many areas of scholarship, including looking at social justice and marginalization through the lens of Bruce Springsteen’s work, mentoring, and its critical importance in education and training, writing about the foundational competency of Relationship, and research and writing about internships. She was very involved in creating the Psychology Internship Development Toolkit to encourage the growth of new internships. Dr. Mangione has provided supervision and training around group therapy and is licensed in Massachusetts.

Dr. Mangione is keenly interested in the application of psychological principles and findings to real-life situations, particularly the more existential and relational aspects of psychology and life. She has been concerned with meaning in life for her whole life.   She has addressed issues on the intersection of group dynamics, leadership, and mountaineering in The 1996 Mount Everest Tragedy: Contemplation on group process and group dynamics in International Journal of Group Psychotherapy; Bruce Springsteen’s work and psychological transformation in Spirit In The Night to Mary’s Place: Loss, death, and the transformative power of relationships in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts; the juncture of ethics and endings in group psychotherapy in Ethics and endings in group psychotherapy: Saying good-bye and saying it well in International Journal of Group Psychotherapy; and the important role of groups and group dynamics in people’s lives in Passion, containment, and commitment—Essential elements of groups across the lifespan in Bruce Springsteen’s work in International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. Her two books, Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America and Mary Climbs In: The Journeys of Bruce Springsteen’s Women Fans, both speak to real life situations and their intersections with psychology. 

Lorraine Mangine


Clinical Psychology

Director of Practica

Clinical Psychology

  • PhD, University of Kansas
  • BA, Duke University

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

My interest in meaning-making, relationships, and how people get help and grow, and my great dedication to Bruce Springsteen’s work, have come together, and now a colleague and I have published a book and a few academic articles on the responses from two large surveys of women fans and the role that Springsteen plays in their psyche. Our book, with Donna Luff, PhD, from 2023, is Mary Climbs In: The Journeys of Bruce Springsteen’s Women Fans, and we have also published two articles from this database: “Who is Bruce Springsteen to his Female Fans?” and “Women Fans’ Journey through Darkness.” This work underscores for me the importance of creativity and fandom in everyday life, and using these important processes in clinical work also.

With the publication in 2015 with Donna DiCello, Psy.D. of Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America, I have been engaging many people in clinical work, workshops, and presentations around issues of the deep significance 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 have written about this model for The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. My interest in older women has also resulted in a research project and articles about women working in the later part of their lives. From this area of interest, we have been doing workshops on therapists’ relationships to religion, spirituality, and existential issues.

Psychologists’ views of religion and spirituality, and how those have had an impact on their clinical work and can have a greater impact on training and education, is the topic area of a special issue of Spirituality in Clinical Practice, an APA journal for which I am the guest editor of a special issue that is due out in Spring, 2024.

Mentoring is a continuing interest, which stems from my work on the relationship competency for NCSPP. Our published research in this area, “Mentoring in Clinical Psychology Programs: Broadening and Deepening,” won the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy Award for Most Valuable Paper on Professional Development, published in 2018. We were honored to receive that! Supervision is the bedrock of clinical training, and I have been involved in research on it in the past 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, and Climate Change feels like the biggest issue facing humanity and our world these days.

Publications from the last few years include the following:

  • Mangione, L. & Luff, D. (2023). Mary Climbs In: The Journeys of Bruce Springsteen’s Women Fans. Rutgers University Press. 
  • Margulies, M. & Mangione, L. (2023). A mini-version of a master class: How to work with difficult people using the unique properties of group. Group Circle, Summer, 2023, p. 4 & 7. 
  • Mangione, L., Borden, K.A., & Fuss, E. (2022). Changing focus, shifting tasks, reworking relationships: Highly educated professional White women nearing retirement age in the workforce. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 53(5), 511-522. 
  • Mangione, L., Borden, K.A., & Fuss, E. (2020). Late course adjustment: Shifting values in the careers of older women. In L. Hollis-Sawyer, & E. Cole Older Women Who Work: Resilience, Choice, and Change. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 
  • Mangione, L. & Luff, D. (2019). Women fans’ journeys through darkness. Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, 21(1), 26-41. 
  • Mangione, L. & Forti, R. (2018). Beyond midlife and before retirement: A short-term women’s group. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 68(3), 314-336. 
  • Mangione, L., Borden, K. A., Nadkarni, L., Evarts, K., & Hyde, K. (2018). Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 12(1), 4-13. 
  • DiCello, D., Pidano, A., & Mangione, L. (2018). An Italian American View of Grief: Connection, Transformation and Resilience, & Mortality, 23(3), 261-278. 
  • Dicello, D., & Mangione, L. (2015). Daughters, dads, and the path through grief: Tales from Italian America. Atascadero, CA: Impact Publishers/New Harbinger.
  • “Is Bruce Springsteen’s Work Psychotherapy? Women Fans’ Views on Meaning, Relationship, Loss,  Healing”  Poster presented with Brittney Kleinfelter, BS at American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC, August 2023.
  • “Mentorship in Clinical Psychology:  Moving Beyond Traditional Mentorship Roles” presented in a symposium on mentoring with Kathi Borden, PhD, at American Educational Research Association in Chicago, April 2023.
  • “Integrating One’s Own Spiritual/Religious Journey with Training, Supervision, and Leading Group Therapy,” Workshop presented at American Group Psychotherapy Connect, March 2023.
  • “What Does it Mean to Be an Italian American Woman?” panel presentation at NOIAW event “LET’S TALK: About being Italian-American Women!” at IAM Books, Boston, MA, March 2023.
  • “Relationship Challenges in A Time of Loss: Addressing How World Tensions Impact Our Programs”  Invited workshop presented virtually for Antioch University Seattle students, February 2023.
  • “Relationship Challenges in A Time of Loss: Addressing How World Tensions Impact Our Programs” Workshop presented with Kathi Borden, PhD at NCSPP, Santa Fe, January 2023.
  • “Non-Death Loss in the Pandemic: Personal and Collective” Workshop presented with Abigail Bliss, MS and Kevin McKenzie, MS at Massachusetts Psychological Association Annual Conference, December 4, 2022.
  • “Loss and Grief: Our Personal and Professional Journeys” Massachusetts Psychological Association Continuing Education Workshop, April 8, 2022, Virtual.
  • “Loss & Grief Fundamentals: Developing One’s Approach to the Journey”  Trinity Boston Counseling Center Workshop, March 30, 2022, Virtual.
  • “Where is Relationship as a Competency?” Presentation with Lavita Nadkarni, PhD, at National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology Annual Meeting, January 20, 2022, Virtual.
  • “Loss & Grief Fundamentals: Developing One’s Approach to The Journey” Workshop at MPA Annual Conference, November 13, 2021.
  • “Mentoring and supervision before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: Maintaining the relationship” Symposium at NEPA with Kathi Borden, Quynh Tran, Raynalde Schagen, & Maria Neizvestnaya, November 6, 2021, Virtual.
  • “The #MeToo Movement: Using Technology and Creativity In Healing” Chair of Symposium with Kate Evarts, Psy.D. and Casey Buonocore, M.A. at American Psychological Association annual convention, August 2021, virtual.
  • “Women, #MeToo, & Creativity: Healing Interactions” Presentation at the symposium “The #MeToo Movement: Using Technology and Creativity In Healing” at the American Psychological Association annual convention, August 2021, virtual.
  • Invited participant for University Professors Press event on Poetry, Healing, & Growth, April 2021, Virtual
  • Casa Italia Espresso Zoom from Chicago Loyola University: “Italian American Fathers and Daughters: Love and Loss” with Donna DiCello, April 2021, Virtual
  • Italian American Studies Association panel on #MeTooAnch’io for International Women’s Day: “A Reading with Daniela Gioseffi, B. Amore, and Lorraine Mangione”, March 8, 2021, Virtual.
  • “The Group Therapist’s Journey through Spirituality, Religion, and Existential Meaning Making”
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association, February, 2021, Virtual.
  • “Can We Talk About It? The Top 10 Things Needed to Start the Conversation about Loss & Grief” Presentation at NCSPP, January 2021, Virtual.
  • “Navigating through Loss and Grief:  Meaning Making Along the Journey” Half-day Continuing Education Workshop delivered virtually at the American Psychology Association, August 2020.
  • “Incorporating Spirituality, Religion, Seeking Meaning & Growth into Group Therapy” Workshop with Roz Forti, LICSW, at American Group Psychotherapy Association, New York City, 2020.
  • “Why Hire Older Women? Passion and Commitment!” Division 35 Roundtable with Kathi Borden and Elizabeth Fuss at APA annual convention, Chicago, 2019.
  • “Group Therapy and Training across the Lifespan: What Clients Gain, What Students Learn” Division 49 Symposium with Michael Goddard, Sarajane Rodgers, Dana Vitrano, Jennifer Carey, and Virginia Brabender at APA annual convention, Chicago, 2019.
  • “Navigating through Loss and Grief: How Continuing Bonds, Creativity, Religion/Spirituality, and Culture Contribute to the Journey”  Half-day Continuing Education workshop at Maine Psychological Association, Portland, ME, June 1, 2019.
  • “Relationship as Central to Supervision”  Colloquium for interns via ZOOM at Miami Internship, May 3, 2019.
  • “Working with the Dreams of the Bereaved”  Presentation at Association for Death Education and Counseling annual conference, Atlanta, GA, April 2019.
  • “Where Do We Go from Here? Reflecting and Moving Ahead”  Plenary address and discussion, MPA Annual Conference, We Need to Talk: A Changing Culture, A Changing World, Our Changing Selves, November 1, 2018, Norwood, MA.
  • “Italian Parents, American Children:  Cultural Differences, Relational Bonds, and Negotiating Identities.”  Panelist and Moderator for the panel at Idea Boston, an Italian-inspired festival of books, authors, and culture sponsored by IAM Books, Cambridge, MA, October 31, 2018.
  • “Learning about Diversity, the Disenfranchised, Social Justice, and Resilience:  Can Bruce Springsteen’s Work Enhance Psychology Training?”  Workshop at NCSPP annual meeting, Las Vegas, January 2018.
  • Fellow Status in APA’s Division 49, Group Theory and Therapy, 2020.
  • 2018 Award for Most Valuable Paper on Professional Development from The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy for the following paper: Mangione, L., Borden, K. A., Nadkarni, L., Evarts, K., & Hyde, K. (2018). Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 12(1), 4-13.
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