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Cody Hollist Associate Professor

2004 Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Brigham Young University
2001 M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Cody Hollist is an Associate Professor in the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies. His research seeks to understand and treat the impact of traumatic experiences through family therapy. He has written numerous research articles, book chapters and presented nationally and internationally on family therapy for complex trauma. Working to address trauma he leads the Trauma and Resiliency Explored Lab at UNL. He has worked extensively in many regions of Brazil to strengthen families in the face of significant adversity.

In Northeastern Brazil, Recife, he is working with researchers to develop better family supports for those who have a child with Microcephaly due to Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome. He received a Fulbright Scholar award to work in Sao Paulo to understand and address the high suicide rate among young adults who experienced childhood trauma. In Southern Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, the team uses a community based participatory research approach to address developmental risks of youth growing up in extreme poverty and high-risk neighborhoods. The work in the south builds on a collaborative 20-year longitudinal study of family development. He writes and presents frequently in Portuguese and feels at home surrounded by Brazilians.

Dr. Hollist is a Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in treatment of complex trauma, especially the treatment of childhood sexual abuse. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) a leading treatment modality for PTSD. His teaching includes the clinical training of family therapists and treatment of diverse couples and families. He also teaches human service works, early childhood and elementary educators how to work with children and their families who have experienced trauma.

Hollist was the director of the UNL Marriage and Family Therapy program and the former President of the Nebraska Marriage and Family Therapy Association. He is also a Chaplain in the Air National Guard and in 2018 deployed to the middle east. For peace he spends time with his family on their farm where they care for animals (cat, dogs, chickens, cows), gardens and enjoys time outside.

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Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2012, Emerging Scholar Research/Creative Award, College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2009, McNair Faculty Appreciation Award, McNair Scholars Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2008, Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Research, UCARE and the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2008, College Award for Distinguished Teaching, College of Education Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2008, Latino Research Initiative Fellow, University of Nebraska Lincoln2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, Certificate of Recognition for Contribution to Students, University of Nebraska Lincoln Teaching Council and the UNL Parents Association
2013 to present, Associate Professor, Family Science, Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2011 to present, Director, Marriage and Family Therapy2005-2013, Assistant Professor, Family Science, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2004-2005, Lecturer, Family Science and Marriage and Family Therapy, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy National Council on Family RelationsCentro de Estudos Pisicologicos de Mininos e Mininas em Situacao de Rua, CEP-RUA (the Center for Psychological Research of Boys and Girls of the Streets)