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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.

Robert Schnedler, PhD


Robert Schnedler is the faculty chair for the General/Addiction Psychology programs at Capella University, where he has worked since 2000.  Dr. Schnedler obtained his PhD from an APA approved clinical psychology program and is a licensed psychologist in two states.  He had clinical practices in a variety of settings including outpatient multidisciplinary clinic, an inpatient Adolescent/Child psychiatric unit and a rural medical setting.  His practice has always emphasized mulitdisciplinary settings focusing on child, adolescent and family issues.  His research interests focus on ADD/ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders.  The multidisciplinary emphasis continues in the General Psychology specialization where integration of the many disciplines of psychology is encouraged.  In his spare time, Dr. Schnedler enjoys boating, woodworking and mostly spending time with family.