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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.

Chris Heffner, PsyD


Chris Heffner is the faculty chair for the Clinical Psychology specialization within Capella University's Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and previously served as a core faculty member. Dr. Heffner came to Capella with 10 years of teaching experience in education and psychology, and has worked in community mental health, most recently as a training director and manager of outpatient psychology. He is also licensed as a psychologist in the State of Florida. Dr. Heffner received his PsyD in Clinical Psychology and MS in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and his BA in Psychology and Business Administration from Malone College. He has published articles in both online and print journals in the areas of assessment and quality assurance.