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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.

Bethany Lohr, PhD


Bethany Lohr, Ph.D., LP/ Faculty Chair: Dr. Lohr joined Capella in 2011 as a part-time faculty member in the Masters Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.  In 2012, Dr. Lohr became a member of the Core Faculty and Colloquia Lead before becoming PsyD Director of Residency training in 2013, and Faculty Chair in 2014. She earned her Masters and Ph.D degrees in Clinical Psychology with a subspecialty in Behavioral Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1996, and did her internship at Harvard Medical School, specializing in CBT and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Lohr has always enjoyed a balance of teaching, clinical work, and clinically- related research in her training and career. Prior to her role as a Capella faculty member, Dr. Lohr ran a private practice in a rural area, and has had numerous experiences and training in various settings, including forensic work, community mental health, and in hospitals and schools. Her research interests include many aspects of psychopathology, health psychology, and CBT.  Dr. Lohr is a very evidence-based psychologist with a strong theoretical orientation in CBT. She has provided cognitive behavioral therapy to individuals, couples, and groups of all ages. She also has training and experience in administering a wide range of psychological assessments, and is licensed as a psychologist in the States of Alabama and Tennessee. Dr. Lohr has been involved in her State Psychological Associations, serving in the past as President and Disaster Response Coordinator, and feels strongly about the importance of advocacy in our role as psychologists.