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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.

Andrea Miller, PhD

Dean of Psychology, Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Andrea Miller has worked as a member of the Capella team since 2010 and has taught online since 2005.  She began as an adjunct faculty member and later moved to lead faculty and then to the faculty chair role for the psychology department in the School of Undergraduate Studies at Capella University.  In 2015 Dr. Miller moved to the Dean of Psychology role in the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Her professional background includes work as a psychologist in the public schools and as a psychologist and supervisor for non-profit clinics. She specializes in working with children and families as well as individuals of all ages with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.  Dr. Miller is licensed as a psychologist in three states, licensed as a specialist in school psychology, and a human services board certified practitioner.  She is active in psychological associations and served as President of the Georgia Psychological Association from 2013-2014.  Dr. Miller holds Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Elena Kays, PhD


Dr. Elena Kays has been with the Capella School of Education since 2004 and is currently the Chair of Educational Leadership and Management, Performance Improvement Leadership, and Instructional Design for Online Learning. She has extensive experience in the field of higher education, having served in a range of faculty and leadership roles since 1992. She has previously served as the program coordinator and then chair of the Graphic Arts and Professional Design Department at Centenary College in New Jersey. While at Centenary, she created cutting-edge distance learning projects with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, The University of Art & Design in Helsinki, and Mt. Ida College in Boston. She has been a visiting scholar, program reviewer, and advisory board member for several higher education institutions including Syracuse University, Kean University, and West Virginia University. She is an award-winning pioneer in the development of online programs for studio-based curricula and has held her own ground-breaking research on emergent online environments as well as presented and published numerous papers nationally and internationally. Her research continues to impact the research community with a special issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning dedicated to her work on emergence theory applied to designing online sustainable environments.

Jeanie Whinghter, PhD

Interim Faculty Chair

Jeanie Whinghter is faculty chair of the General and Industrial/Organizational Psychology specializations within the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She has been with Capella since 2014 and has been working the domain of online education since 2008. Dr. Whinghter has worked with Capella learners in a variety of capacities, ranging from FlexPath and regular classroom instruction to dissertation supervision and comps assessment. Dr. Whinghter holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University, a MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Clemson University, and a BA in Psychology from Emory University. Her specialization area is Occupational Health Psychology, which focuses on manifestations of stress and wellness within the workplace. Dr. Whinghter’s professional background includes both internal and external consulting, with a balance between corporate and academic domains for application of research. She specializes in organizational needs analysis, survey design/implementation, organizational intervention initiatives, and evaluation processes.