Jamila Holcomb, Ph.D., LMFT

Teaching Faculty

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Get to know Dr. Holcomb


I am passionate about positively impacting the lives of individuals and their families through a variety of avenues. As teaching faculty, I aim to educate students on the complexity and diversity of family life, and mentor them on their individual journeys through learning and self-exploration. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I aim to support individuals and families as they heal from past traumas and learn to better navigate mental health challenges. As a trainer and consultant, I translate and disseminate evidence-based best practices to advance the anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the education and mental health fields.


  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Florida State University
  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Northwestern University
  • B.A., Psychology and Spanish, Trinity University

Courses Taught:

CHD 3243: Contexts of Adolescent Development

CHD 4537: Parenting

CHD 4615: Public Policy: Child and Family Issues

FAD 6940: Practicum in Marital and Family Therapy

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Jackson, L. J., Ford, J. R., James, B. A., Schleiden, C. A., Harris-McKoy, D., & Holcomb, J. E. (2020). Expect the best: The impact of parental expectation on Black males’ academics. Journal of Black Studies51(8), 767-789. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021934720946427.

Gonzales-Backen, M. A, & Holcomb, J. E. (2019). Race and ethnicity. In Macmillan Encyclopedia of Families, Marriages, and Intimate Relationships (pp. 697-698). Macmillan Reference USA.

Reynolds, J. E. (2017). Addressing racial trauma in therapy with African American clients. In J. L. Lebow, A. L. Chambers, & D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. Springer.

Reynolds, J. E., & Gonzales-Backen, M. A. (2017). Ethnic-racial socialization and the mental health of African Americans: A critical review. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 9(2), 182-200. https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12192

Withers, M. C., Reynolds, J. E., Reed, K., & Holtrop, K. (2017). Dissemination and implementation research in marriage and family therapy: An introduction and call to the field. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43(2), 183-197. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmft.12196

Reynolds, J. E., Gonzales-Backen M. A., Allen, K. A., Hurley, E. A., Donovan, R. A., Schwartz, S. J., Hudson, M., Agocha, B., & Williams, M. (2017). Ethnic-racial identity of black emerging adults: The role of parenting and ethnic-racial socialization. Journal of Family Issues38(15), 2200-2224. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X16629181


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Owner of Holcomb Counseling and Consulting, LLC
  • AAMFT Foundation Dissertation Award 2018
  • AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Grant 2014 – 2016