Cody Hollist in UNL Child, Youth and Family Studies
As a young man, Cody Hollist lived in Brazil for two years and returned later with his family to do an internship as part of his doctoral program. Along the way, he adopted his son and learned a lot about families. That was really exciting to see that within the Brazilian families, the quality of the relationship between both parents had a real big impact on the child’s development and on the relationship between the child and the other parent. Research conducted by Dr. Hollist led to suggestions for prenatal programs at medical clinics in Brazil. They’ve been able to implement some changes that have now done a better job of including both parents in the prenatal process. Dr. Hollist also studies resilience among immigrant families in Nebraska and military families affected by deployment. He inspires his students to explore and discover their own interests. He is fantastic. I have been able to come in here and talk to him about how my classes are going and he’s been able to provide me with not only the research experience that I need but also the support that I need to keep me motivated. I try to create an environment in class where we can have some open discussion and where the students feel safe enough to talk about what they really believe as opposed to what they think the professor wants them to say. Honestly, if I wouldn’t have met him, I don’t know where I’d be today for my undergrad and for my masters. Dr. Hollist enjoyes watching students translate passion and knowledge into the ability to work with families and make a difference. MUSIC.