Mari Nardolillo-Dias, EdD, NCC, FT, C-GC, C-CG-C, Death Doula, C-Psychological Autopsy

Mari Nardolillo-Dias holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Doctorate  in Educational Leadership with a focus on emotional intelligence.

  • Thanatologist
  • Certified Death Doula
  • Professor of Counseling and Psychology
  • Consultant/Motivational Speaker
  • Completion of Psychological Autopsy Training
  • Trained in Havening

Experience with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of supportive, psycho-educational environments with both individuals and groups.


She is a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board of Counselor Certification, a certified grief counselor through the American Academy of Grief Counseling, a division of the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, and is a Fellow in Thanatology, Death, Dying and Bereavement, granted by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

Active Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work
  • Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • American Association of Suicidology


  • Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund: Vice President, Board of Directors
  • Rhode Island Hospital, Trauma Unit: Patient/Medical team liaison
  • Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island: Bereavement and End of Life Support
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate: Represented children in DCYF in Family Court
  • Rhode Island Department of a Corrections, Men’s Maximum Security Facility: Facilitator of bibliotherapy program “Changing Lives through Literature”


  • Fulbright Scholar: University of Zululand, South Africa
  • RI Jefferson Award
  • St. Mary Academy Bay View, Alumna of the Year
  • Faculty Fellow Scholarship for Community Service Learning: RI Campus Compact
  • RI Woman of the Year in Arts & Education, sponsored by the American Association of University Women
  • North Kingstown Town Hero
  • Doctoral Merit scholarship


Director and Producer

  • Cathy’s Story: “Midnight Cry” A Story from Homeless to Advocacy
  • “Rhode Island Voices on Violence Perspectives on Peace”- documentary on gang, domestic and dating violence .