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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.

Curtis R. Brant, PhD


Curtis Brant serves as dean for Capella University's School of Psychology. Dr. Brant has worked at the university since 2005 and has served in a variety of roles including core faculty, research and colloquia chair, and assistant dean. His areas of expertise lie in research, program development, and assessment. Dr. Brant brings more than 15 years of experience teaching, presenting, and conducting research and has authored more than 30 scientific publications/presentations. His research has been featured on National Public Radio, PBS television, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and APA Monitor. Other professional activities have included consulting in the areas of strategic planning, market analysis, and decision making. Dr. Brant holds a PhD and an MA in Social Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a BA in Psychology from Kent State University.

Seth Williams, PsyD, LP, Registered Clinical Psychologist (NZ)


Seth Williams is faculty chair of the master's Clinical Psychology specialization within Capella University's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Williams joined Capella in 2007 as assistant director of clinical training, where he was responsible for the administration of practica for school psychology, clinical psychology, and counseling psychology learners. In late 2008, Dr. Williams relocated his family to New Zealand, at which time he became an adjunct faculty member, and later a core faculty member, for the master's specializations in Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Prior to joining Capella, Dr. Williams' taught psychology courses at both Brown College and Argosy University. His practice specialties include geropsychology, health psychology, psychological evaluations, and working with diverse populations. He has particular experience and expertise with native North Americans and Ma´┐Żori people. Dr. Williams has a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia and both an MA and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.