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Dr. Cody Hollist, Lab Lead

Dr. Hollist is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies and the director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program. His area of research interest is Latino adolescent mental health issues and Latino family resilience. His research specifically focuses Latino adolescent use of mental health services and how family resilience. He is currently working on a longitudinal project in Brazil looking at family resilience.


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Melissa D. Zephier Olson, M.S., Doctoral Candidate

Melissa D. Zephier Olson is a Yankton Sioux tribal member and a descendant of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribe. Currently she is a Doctoral Candidate in Global Family Health and Wellbeing and Ethnic Studies. Melissa has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a published author and has presented at numerous national/international conferences on minority health disparities, Indigenous studies andbehavioral counseling for culturally diverse populations.  She was selected as an Elouise Cobell Scholar for this academic year.  Her research focus is on Indian boarding schools and their impact on important family relationships and cultural identities. 

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Alexandra Martin, M.S., Doctoral Candidate

Alexandra Martin is from Madison, Wisconsin. She received her B.A from Ripon College in Global Studies with minors in Spanish and Religion and her M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Child, Youth, and Family Studies with a minor in Anthropology. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Global Family Health and Wellbeing Program within the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include international relations, complexity science, and violence. Her professional interests include mentorship and improving access to community resources and supportive services.

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Marie Dutra Gross, Ph.D. Student

After a career teaching English to international students, I enrolled in a Family Studies doctoral program to fulfill a longtime dream. I am looking forward to a career as a scholar of international families who suffer from incest. Therefore, my primary research focus is prevention of childhood sexual abuse with family systems theory informed programming and policy making. Traditionally, pedophilia has been approached from a criminal justice perspective with punishment after the act. Recently, however, researchers are studying the prospect of a prevention model. Thus, I pose family dynamics must be the focus of an effective prevention program.

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Christopher Neu, Ph.D. Student

Chris completed his B.S in Family Studies at Brigham Young University in Utah. Currently he is completing his M.S in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus on treatment of trauma and overwhelming stress. Chris focuses his research on exploring new treatment models for trauma in a relational context. Additionally, he explores how trauma affects the brain and how the brain changes through treatment. 

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