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Notable Faculty

Nearly all of Capella's faculty from the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences have a doctoral degree and many work as licensed practitioners, school psychologists, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, registered play therapy supervisors, psychologists and social workers. Our instructors have expertise in child and adolescent development, and family and geriatric issues. They are also proficient in designing programs to meet state and national accreditation standards, and have experience consulting with privately held businesses with a focus on succession planning, organizational development, executive development, and coaching.

Lee Owens, Med


Lee Owens is the associate dean for general education and first course in Capella University's School of Undergraduate Studies. He holds a Med in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in Sociology from Roosevelt University. Mr. Owens has 35 years of administrative experience in higher education, having served as director of a learning center, dean of students, dean of special training programs, and dean of career programs at Loyola University Chicago, Governors State University, and the City Colleges of Chicago. Among notable accomplishments, Mr. Owens was presented the Kathy Osterman Award from the city of Chicago in 2005 for Superior Public Service by an Executive Employee, and in 2000, he was selected as the Outstanding Academic Administrator in the Seventh Congressional District of Illinois.

Kathleen Hughes De Sousa, PhD


Kathleen Hughes De Sousa is faculty chair for the Psychology program in Capella University's School of Undergraduate Studies. She holds a PhD in General Psychology from Capella University, an MA in Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. De Sousa's instructional experience comes from teaching more than 175 online and face-to-face courses for community college, university, and graduate students. She has designed numerous online courses and served as a faculty coach, mentoring new hires. Prior to joining Capella, she held administrative positions in higher education, including Assessment Coordinator and Director of Curriculum and Student Success for St. Petersburg College. Dr. De Sousa began her career working as Human Factors Specialist for Lucent Technologies and then as Director of User Experience for Paradyne Corporation. She also served on the board for NAMI-Hernando and was the Vice President of the Southeastern Region for Psi Beta. Dr. De Sousa was nominated for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award in 2010 and was selected as a recipient of the NISOD Excellence Award in 2012.