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Meet Marcella

Dr. Marcella Atwater has been actively involved in the nursing profession for more than 40 years and is a seasoned nurse educator and clinician. She earned her PhD in Education from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, with a dissertation titled “The Experience of Bereaved College Students: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study”. Marcella earned her first master’s degree in Community Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia and her second master’s degree in Counseling from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina.

As a clinician, Dr. Atwater’s primary work focuses on helping grieving clients make healthy adjustments. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Marcella also holds a certification in Death, Dying, and Bereavement. She chaired the Multicultural Committee for the Association of Death Education and Counseling. The development of The Comfort Method to help young adults learn how to build healthy relationships is one her most useful aaccomplishments. 

As an educator, Dr. Atwater has helped students understand a variety of subjects, including Therapeutic Communication, Community Health Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Nursing Research, Loss and Grief, Role Development, Cultural Issues in Nursing, Pathophysiology, and Leadership. Dr. Atwater has taught nursing experience in both traditional and non-traditional programs with undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Atwater garnered tremendous praise for the article titled, “The Holiday Blues” published in 2004 in the Fayetteville Observer.

Dr. Atwater is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

In her spare time, Dr. Atwater enjoys white water rafting and doll collecting.

If you seek services from someone with a diverse background, Dr. Atwater looks forward to helping you find solutions, manage your challenges, and reach your goals.