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Notable Faculty

Nearly all of Capella's faculty from the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences have a doctoral degree and many work as licensed practitioners, school psychologists, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, registered play therapy supervisors, psychologists and social workers. Our instructors have expertise in child and adolescent development, and family and geriatric issues. They are also proficient in designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards, and have experience consulting with privately held businesses with a focus on succession planning, organizational development, executive development, and coaching.

Anna Hultquist, PhD

DEAN

Anna Hultquist has served as dean for the counseling programs in the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences since 2008. Dr. Hultquist has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed therapist, counselor educator, and program director, designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards. In addition to maintaining an active private practice, Dr. Hultquist has established and served as clinical director for two community-based counseling centers that trained graduate-level clinical interns. Her service to the profession has included professional licensure initiatives, appointment to the Oregon State Board for Professional Counselors and Therapists, and numerous conference presentations and professional articles. Dr. Hultquist earned a COAMFTE-accredited MS in Human Development, Counseling and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island; completed graduate work in guidance and school counseling at Rhode Island College; and earned a PhD in Adult Education from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hultquist holds the distinction of Certified Family Life Educator from the National Council on Family Relations, as well as Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the International Association of Coaches.

Lisa McKenna, PhD

FACULTY CHAIR

Dr. Lisa McKenna serves as faculty chair for the Counselor Education and Supervision and General Mental Health Counseling specializations, and the Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services certificate program within Capella University’s Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She has published articles on aging and quality of life in the Journal of Aging, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, and Aging and Mental Health, and has presented research at professional conferences including the Gerontological Society of America, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Society for Research on Adolescence, Society for Research on Human Development, and the National Institute for General Medical Sciences. She has worked as a counselor in the Youth and Family Development Program and the Psychological Services and Counseling Center at Florida International University, the Student Counseling Center at Nova Southeastern University, and in private practice conducting developmental assessments on young children, play therapy, and individual counseling for adolescents and adults, and filial therapy groups for parents. Dr. McKenna earned her PhD in Psychology from Florida International University, where her dissertation focused on mentoring and minority college student development. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas.