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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.

Catherine Stower, PhD


Catherine Stower joined Capella University in 2008 and is currently the Interim Chair for the School and Career Counseling programs. She has over 20 years of diverse experience in higher education, community mental health, government, private practice, school counseling, and administration. Dr. Stower also has extensive experience in both school and clinical settings. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the states of Washington and Indiana, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama, a Nationally Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a Licensed/Certified School Counselor in Virginia and Indiana. Dr. Stower has been a guest lecturer for several counseling programs throughout the United States, has served on several professional boards, and has presented at multiple state, regional, and national conferences. In addition to her full-time position at Capella, she continues to maintain a private practice which includes supervision, consultation services, and extensive work with military families. Dr. Stower holds a PhD in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech University, an MA in Counseling, and a BA in Psychology from Louisiana Tech University.