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Marcella M. Atwater, PhD, MA, MS, PMHCNS, B-C, CT

I am a nurse educator and nurse clinician. My primary work focuses on helping grieving clients make healthy adjustments. I have a certification in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. I also hold a certification in Thanatology (Death, Dying, and Bereavement). I continue to garner praise for my article, "The Holiday Blues," published in The Fayetteville Observer. My method to help young adults build healthy relationships is a cherished accomplishment.

I also help students understand a variety of subjects. Courses I have facilitated include Community Health Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and Nursing Research. I developed the first Loss and Grief course at Fayetteville State University. I have taught both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to grief education for small groups, I provide relationship coaching and relationship workshops.

My dissertation at Capella University centered on the experience of bereaved college students. I earned my Master's in Community Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Hampton University. I also earned a Master’s in Counseling from North Carolina Central University. I am a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. I am also a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling.


My mission is to help those in grief grow and move beyond their pain, as well as provide strategies, techniques, and tools for those seeking to build healthy relationships.


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