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Optimizing Human Performance

Jamila Holcomb, PhD, LMFT

Teaching Faculty    328 SAN    Vita

jamila holcomb

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 marriage and family therapist, I aim to support children and their families as they heal from past traumas and overcome mental health challenges. Finally, as a researcher, I aim to investigate positive psychosocial outcomes within ethnic-racial minority families, and then disseminate those findings to better serve marginalized communities.


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

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Holtrop, K., & Reynolds, J. E. (2018). “Do it more geared toward parents in our situation”: Adapting and pilot testing a parenting intervention for homeless families in transitional housing. Family Process, 57(4), 884-900.

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.

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. *Honorable Mention in 2017 Article of the Year Competition*

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 Issues, 38(15), 2200-2224.

Smith, S. M., Reynolds, J. E., Fincham, F., & Beach, S. R. H. (2016). Parental experiences of racial discrimination and youth racial socialization in two-parent African American families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22, 268-276.


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



“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
– Dr. Mae Jemison


Teaching Family Therapy Mentoring Goal-Oriented Community Outreach Leadership Social Justice Advocate


I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and have lived all over the world. I met my husband, Greg, when I moved to Tallahassee. We enjoy watching movies, traveling, and eating at new restaurants. We just had our first child, a baby girl, and are enjoying adjusting to life as a family of three.




“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
– Brené Brown

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