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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.

Courtney Gulbro, EdD


Courtney Gulbro joined Capella University in 2010 and is the faculty chair for the School, Addiction and Career Counseling programs. Dr. Gulbro is an LPC, a certified school counselor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Dr. Gulbro's counseling background spans more than 20 years in settings such as family advocacy for the U.S. Army in Baumholder and Landstuhl, Germany; mental health in Camp Zama, Japan, and Marietta, Georgia; addictions (in-patient and out-patient in Huntsville, AL), vocational rehabilitation for the US Department of Veterans Affairs working with former service members who remained in Europe; private practice; and 12 years as a school counselor in Huntsville, AL. Dr. Gulbro has been in a leadership capacity in her state professional organization, and directed a social service agency. She earned a BS in Management Studies and a MEd in Counseling from the University of Maryland, and an EdD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota.