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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.

Carol Messmore, PhD, LMFT


Carol Pfeiffer Messmore is core faculty and interim faculty chair of the COAMFTE- and CACREP-accredited Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy degree program at Capella University. She received her master's degree and doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Carol joined Capella University in 2008. She is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is also an infant mental health specialist, having completed two years of post-graduate work at the Florida State University Harris Institute for Infant Mental Health Training. Carol has experience working with children and families in school settings, community-based agencies, as well as private practice and social service consultation. With over 30 professional presentations and publications, her current research focus is on the process and circularity of solution-focused supervision. She is also working on the integration of SFBT within the theoretical constructs of infant mental health.