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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.

Mia Holland, EdD, MEd


Dr. Mia Holland, EdD, is chair of the Studies in Human Behavior programs within the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Capella University. She earned her Doctorate in Education in Child and Youth Studies from Nova Southeastern University where her dissertation earned the national honor of Outstanding Applied Dissertation. Dr. Holland is the co-author of Insights into Child Development, a child development textbook published in 2011. Dr. Holland's educational credentials also include a M.Ed. in Counseling from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, two years of additional graduate training in Clinical/Behavioral Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Since 1990, Dr. Holland has worked with heterogeneous populations of children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including institutions of higher education, state social service and juvenile justice agencies, psychiatric facilities, residential treatment facilities, and public school systems. As a nationally recognized expert in the field of eating disorders, Dr. Holland has provided expert commentary in published pieces for, iVillage Health, the “Therapy Times", and the “Baltimore Examiner" and has been an invited speaker at Harvard University Medical School on the topic of Eating Disorders. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Association of Behavioral Social Sciences, Wellesley Centers for Women, MultiService Eating Disorders Association, and American Fitness Training of Athletics.