Dr. Mariani is a Licensed Educational Psychologist, and Trained Teacher: Mindful Self-Compassion; Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens; and Self-Compassion for Health Care Communities and Teaching Self-Compassion Online through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the University of California—San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Dr. Mariani has taught graduate and undergraduate students in Mindful Self-Compassion for the last ten years. She also taught teens Mindful Self-Compassion at a local high school. Witnessing how transformative mindful self-compassion was in her own life and those of her colleagues and students, Dr. Mariani’s mission is to bring self-compassion practices to others in the community. She also has a special interest in the study of burnout and is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional.
Dr. Mariani, a Worcester native, became a psychologist after a career in special education as a teacher and administrator. During her doctoral studies in developmental psychology, she interned at the ADHD Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and on completion of her doctoral studies was employed as an instructor and clinician at the ADHD Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Mariani conducted Parent Training (The Defiant Child) for parents of children diagnosed with ADHD. Over the last twenty years, Dr. Mariani has been employed at Assumption University in a variety of roles, most notably as the former program developer and director of the graduate program in School Counseling at Assumption University, and co-creator of the Resiliency in the Helping Professions CAGS program in the graduate school. Currently, Dr. Mariani is adjunct faculty in the Graduate School at Assumption University where she teaches courses in Resiliency, Mindful Self-Compassion, and Mindfulness.
Dr. Mariani’s professional experience includes a private practice of more than 25 years devoted to assessment (learning disabilities and ADHD in children through young adults). Currently, her private practice is limited to consulting, training, and workshops in resiliency, mindful self-compassion, and burnout. At Boston College, Dr. Mariani earned B.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees.