Meet our Supervisors
Dr. Hollist is an Associate Professor for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Cody enjoys the challenge of working with difficult teens and their families, and as such his clinical work has centered on family treatment of adolescents. His clinical expertise is with severe pathology (i.e. adolescent sex offense, conduct disorders, homicidal and suicidal idealities) and survivors of sexual and physical abuse. Cody's research centers on recovery from trauma and Latino families. He has done extensive work in Brazil and with immigrant Latinos and is moving into more in depth work with trauma recovery.
Vanessa serves as the Director for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She is a Lecturer for the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Vanessa provides supervision to students assigned to the distance therapy internship program and guidance to students undergoing EMDR training while in the program. Her clinical focus is on perinatal adjustment and mood disorders, impacts of attachment trauma on adult relationships, and grief work associated with child loss. She has done extensive work in the areas of affair recovery and trauma within the context of couple's therapy, and utilizes EMDR with couples and individuals presenting with complicated grief or complex trauma (trained in both Levels I and II).
Gilbert Parra, Ph.D.
Dr. Parra is an Associate Professor for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. An emphasis of his work is helping youth and their families recover from painful circumstances including divorce, loss, violence exposure, abuse, and other stressful and traumatic experiences.
Dr. Springer is an Associate Professor for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Paul's clinical work centers on couple’s therapy and family treatment. His clinical expertise is in couples therapy as well as working with various types of addictions (e.g., substance abuse, and pornography). Paul's research interests center on addressing mental health disparities with rural and underserved populations. This includes looking at the effectiveness of providing distance therapy as well as developing community based initiatives focused on addressing mental health disparities.