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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


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.

Frances Mills, PhD


Frances Mills is the program lead for the Doctor of Social Work Program within Capella University's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and has served as a faculty member at the university since 2010. Prior to joining Capella, Dr. Mills was an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina and Limestone College where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in human behavior, research, and gerontology. While obtaining her PhD from the University of South Carolina, she was awarded a John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellowship in geriatric social work. Dr. Mills has also worked on grant-funded research and published academic articles in the area of gerontology. She is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Social Workers, The Gerontological Society of America, the Society for Social Work and Research, and the South Carolina Gerontological Society. Prior to her involvement with social work programs, Dr. Mills worked in early childhood education for 17 years.