It’s my responsibility to show students the real world. If they want to put the blinders on after class, that’s up to them.”


Mari Dias is a full professor in Counseling and Psychology and holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and an EdD in Higher Education Leadership with a focus on emotional intelligence. She is a nationally certified counselor and holds certificates in grief counseling and complicated grief. She also holds a Fellow in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling.

As both a Hospice volunteer and director of GracePoint Grief Center, Dias works with end-of-life patients as well as bereaved families. In 2013, she traveled as a Fulbright Scholar Specialist to South Africa, where she trained students at the University of Zululand in counseling theories and techniques.

Dias has also directed and produced two documentaries, “Rhode Island Voices on Violence: Perspectives on Peace” and “Kathy’s Story.”

She has received a campus compact scholarship for her research on locus of control and empathy of male inmates in a maximum security facility, where she facilitated a group bibliotherapy program. She also hosts the GracePointe Grief Center’s AM790 talk show, "Journeys."

Sample Courses

  • CSLG 1001: Intro to Helping Professions
  • PSYC 1001: Introductory Psychology
  • CSLG 2030: Counseling Theories/Techniques
  • CSLG 3010: Principles of Group Counseling

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association, 1989-present
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling, 2011-present
  • International Institute for Trauma Specialists, 2014-present
  • National Association of Suicidology, 2015-present