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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.

Laren Winter, EdD


Laren Winter, EdD, earned his doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology Foundations, from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Winter also holds a Master of Divinity from University of the South and a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Kansas State University. He is a licensed school psychologist, licensed school counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and of the National Association of School Psychologists. He is an ordained Episcopal priest and for many years was a school psychologist in a K–12 school setting and a therapist in private practice.