Department of Counseling and Family Sciences

The Department of Counseling and Family Sciences supports the mission of Loma Linda University, sharing its commitment to bring wholeness to individuals and families in near and far-away places. It values global outreach and seeks to provide opportunities for students to integrate knowledge and skills with diverse peoples in various life contexts. The department is proud of its well-qualified faculty which values teaching, research, and service; and whose members seek to build up their respective professions in tangible ways. The various academic programs have program accreditations and approvals and have been recognized for their outstanding work, high standards, and superior student outcomes.

As one of the three academic departments housed in the School of Behavioral Health at Loma Linda University, the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences administers three master's degree programs—child life specialist (M.S.), counseling (M.S.), and marital and family therapy (M.S.); and two doctoral programs—a Ph.D. degree in systems, families, and couples that offers a clinical specialty (MFT); and a nonclinical specialty in family studies, and a Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy (D.M.F.T.) degree.

Certificate programs are offered to augment academic and professional preparation for future careers. They include drug and alcohol counseling (online only) and the school counseling certificate which leads to the pupil personnel services credential.

Academic writing support

Students who need assistance can contact their program directors to arrange individual support through the CFS writing center. 

Combined degrees

The department offers a dual-degree program in M.S. in counseling and M.S. in marital and family therapy with school counseling certificate. The department also offers a combined M.S./M.A. degree program in marital and family therapy with clinical ministry.

A complete list of program instructors can be viewed online at <>.

  • Child Life Specialist — M.S.
  • Counseling — M.S.
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling (online only) — Certificate
  • Marital and Family Therapy — M.S., D.M.F.T.
  • School Counseling (PPS) — Certificate
  • Systems, Families, and Couples — Ph.D.
  • Combined: Counseling and Marital and Family Therapy with School Counseling (PPS) — M.S./M.S./Certificate


Winetta A. Oloo

Primary faculty

Bryan M. Cafferky

Brian Distelberg

Zephon Lister

Lena Lopez-Bradley

Michelle Minyard-Widmann

Mary Moline

Winetta Oloo

Alisha Saavedra

Randall Walker

Jackie Williams-Reade

Secondary faculty

Siroj Sorajjakool