Social Sciences & Physical Education



Dr. Debra L. Hollister
Professor , Psychology
(407) 582-2399

B.A., University of Central Florida
M.S., University of Central Florida
Ed.D., University of Central Florida


I graduated from Valencia and then attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) where I received my Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology. I also have a Doctorate from UCF in the field of Education. Prior to coming to Valencia Community College to teach, I was a therapist working in both a hospital and community mental health center setting. I have also worked with children with a variety of pervasive developmental disorders.

I am also a Faculty Intern Supervisor for students who participate in the psychology internship program. Valencia has some wonderful internships available to students. One of psychology's most popular internship experiences is working at Sea World at Shamu Stadium where student "whale watchers" collect data on Orca development. The data being collected is important to understanding how growth, development and communication occurs among Orcas. This internship experience has been tracking the development of the different Orca calves born here at the Orlando Sea World.