Dr. Roberta "Robbie" Maller Hartman is the owner & founder of Centered Coaching.
Roberta Maller Hartman has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a licensed
psychologist and a personal & professional coach. She is certified as a coach both by MentorCoach and the
International Coach Federation.
Robbie has over 20 years of specialized interest and extensive expertise in health coaching. This includes life
balance for overworked professionals, transitions, stress management, mindfulness meditation training, weight loss,
and working with individuals considering weight loss surgery.
Robbie is an expert on non-dieting approaches to emotional eating and travels to California several times a year to
participate in retreats with Geneen Roth. She has led mindfulness and emotional eating awareness groups both in
the Chicago area and nationally by teleconference. She has been a consultant to some of the best-known bariatric
centers in the U.S.A. She is the author of the forthcoming book The Unofficial Lap-band Owner’s Manual and
regularly publishes Banding Together™: The Newsletter for the LAP-BAND® Community.
Robbie received special commendation from Great Lakes Naval Hospital for the help her stress management
program provided to their medical staff and health care professionals and served on the faculty of the Chicago
Medical School for 16 years. She has also served as the Assistant Director of Training for the MentorCoach coach
Robbie is a born listener and gifted coach. Robbie is blessed with an unusual gift: She has perfect recall of anything
she hears. As a coach, she uses her unique listening ability to understand and remember people and what's
important to them. Her extraordinary memory also carries over to her music. As a musician she can listen to any
music and play it back on the piano or while singing. She loves to use her professionally trained soprano voice when
singing in a choir and a jazz band, talking with coaching clients, and leading groups in guided imagery or meditation
both by phone and in person. In her spare time, Robbie composes relaxing piano music and enjoys extensive travel
and travel planning for herself and others.
Robbie lives in the Chicago area with her two teenaged children and their three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She
coaches clients in her north suburban office and worldwide by phone.