Faculty

Kristee Haggins, Ph.D.
Kristee Haggins, PhD
Associate Professor

Founding Faculty Member

Dr. Haggins received her B.A. in Psychology with Honors from the University of Southern California in Psychology and her M.A. and PhD in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University. She worked at UC Davis for 18 years as a psychologist, supervisor, professor and administrator in Counseling and Psychological Services where she served as the Associate Director of Training. After leaving UC Davis, Dr. Haggins worked as a project manager for five years at the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, where she led projects focused on promoting excellence and the integration of cultural competence into mental health and substance use services. Dr. Haggins is also an adjunct faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology-Sacramento/Alliant International University. Her areas of interest include: supervision and training; diversity issues; African-centered psychology; and spirituality and mental health.

Stancil Hutchinson, PsyD, QME
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Professor

Dr. Stancil J.L. Hutchinson, PsyD, QME, earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Southern California in Critical Studies for Film and Television. This training impacted Dr. Hutchinson’s development as a psychologist, as he often thinks of his clients and their lives in narrative terms, when it best suits their needs. Dr. Hutchinson began graduate school in 2005 and received onsite training at elementary school, high school, and community mental health care settings. After earning his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and producing a dissertation on psychological assessment of gastric bypass surgery candidates, which was later published, Dr. Hutchinson attended pre-doctoral internship at Fresno City College. Dr. Hutchinson continued to refine his emphasis on narrative approaches to his clients by deeply investigating Schema Therapy. Dr. Hutchinson was later awarded his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and subsequently received generalist training at his post-doctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente in Fremont, CA. This site was particularly rich, clinically, in that it offered groups for a variety of conditions, most of which Dr. Hutchinson lead at one point or another. Dr. Hutchinson became a licensed psychologist in late 2010 and immediately began his private practice. An early tenet of his clinical work was the belief that therapy clients should, more often than not, receive a thorough evaluation–before jumping into treatment.

Dr. Hutchinson has provided evaluative and therapeutic services for a variety of concerns even since. Over the past eight years, Dr. Hutchinson has provided a wide array of evaluations in a variety of settings. Dr. Hutchinson. He was certified as a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) in the Workers’ Compensation 2015. Dr. Hutchinson is also a neuropsychologist and is increasingly used as an Agreed Upon Medical Examiner (AME) in this capacity.

David Jull-Patterson, Ph.D.
David Jull-Patterson,PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Professor

A seventh-generation Californian, Dr. Jull-Patterson completed a masters degree in counselor education with an emphasis in thanatological counseling at New York University. He earned his PhD at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (APA accredited) with an internship (APA accredited) and post-doc fellowship at University of California, San Francisco in health psychology. He is a licensed psychologist, a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counseling.

Currently, Dr. Jull-Patterson is the vice chair of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee, and teaches in an ethics institute before each CPA annual convention. Prior to moving to the Sacramento area, he was a clinical professor at the UCSF School of Medicine for over 20 years. He received numerous teaching awards during that time, including Inspirational Teacher, and is inducted into the Academy of Medical Educators. His professional interests are in the areas of palliative care, ethics, and faculty development.

Jason Lillis, Ph.D.
Jason Lillis, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Professor

Dr. Lillis received his B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and then completed a postdoc at Stanford University. He has worked for almost 10 years an NIH grant-funded research scientist and faculty member at the Brown Medical School and the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition, he regularly teaches, mostly recently at California State University- Sacramento before joining the CNSU faculty. Dr. Lillis has more than 50 publications and 3 books and is considered a leading researcher of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness and acceptance-based CBT intervention for treating mental and behavioral health issues.

Tiffany Mimms, Ph.D.
Tiffany Mimms, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Professor
Founding Faculty Member

Dr. Mimms earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (APA accredited) in Pasadena, CA. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis Counseling Center (APA accredited) where, in addition to providing psychotherapy to university students, she coordinated the Multicultural Immersion Program. After being in private practice for several years, she expanded her practice and opened The Rosetta Center for Counseling and Wellness: A Place for Health, Healing and Hope. The Rosetta Center is a community counseling agency that focuses on serving the African American community. Dr. Mimms’s clinical and research interests include women’s issues, multicultural competence, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She has previously taught at John F. Kennedy University and Western Seminary.

Andrea Schneider, Ph.D.
Andrea Schneider, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Professor
Founding Faculty Member

Dr. Andrea Schneider obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and worked as a researcher and lecturer in Clinical Psychology in Germany. In 2011, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UC Davis MIND Institute and the Fragile X Research Treatment Center focusing on neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders. Since 2011, she has been a Faculty member at the Department of Pediatrics and holds an Assistant Research Scientist position at the University of California at Davis, MIND Institute, USA.

From early in her academic career, she has focused on the connection between basic psychophysiology and behavior. In her doctoral dissertation, she studied the neurophysiological bases of ADHD (Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity-Disorder) and dyslexia. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Schneider is also interested in intervention research. She completed a study of a phytopharmacological intervention (Ginkgo biloba) in dyslexia, and a study about the efficacy of neurofeedback in ADHD. Currently, her main research interest is the association between genetic and brain abnormalities underlying the neuropsychopathology, behavioral, and psychiatric symptoms in carriers with autism and fragile X mutations; and the development of clinical and behavioral outcome measures for targeted treatment trials in neurodevelopmental disorders. She has been involved with the Clinical Trials Unit at the MIND Institute and published various research articles. Her clinical practice focuses on neuropsychological assessments, social skills training, and mental health intervention in autism spectrum and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Schneider is also an affiliate of the ARTP (Autism Research and Treatment) program and a faculty member at the LEND (Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) training program at the MIND Institute, and a member of the American Psychological Association, the FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Society), and the Center for Cognitive Studies, University Potsdam, Germany.

Haleigh Scott, Ph.D.
Haleigh Scott, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Professor

Dr. Haleigh Scott received her PhD in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Psychology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She completed her internship at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and received postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the MIND Institute at UC Davis. Her research focuses on the health and wellness of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities, particularly on diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders in this population. Dr. Scott is a licensed psychologist and specializes in assessment and treatment of mental and behavioral challenges in people with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is also a passionate advocate for the environment and human powered recreation and serves on the board of CRAGS- Climbing Resource Advocates of Greater Sacramento.

Craig Wetterer, Ph.D., J.D.
Craig Wetterer, PhD, JD
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Professor
Founding Faculty Member

Dr. Craig Wetterer earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University (2015; APA Accredited) and an MA (2001) and BA (1996) in Psychology from the California State University, Sacramento. His clinical internship training was focused on forensic assessment and therapeutic interventions targeting acute stress, trauma and PTSD. Dr. Wetterer underwent postdoctoral training with the California Correctional Healthcare Services (CDCR), where he was part of a treatment team providing interventions targeting the most seriously mentally ill inmate-patients in a maximum security prison setting. In 2017, he was appointed to the position of Clinical Director (Senior Psychologist – Supervisor) of the inpatient Mental Health Crisis Bed unit at California State Prison, Sacramento, where he supervised an interdisciplinary treatment team of clinicians providing acute mental health care to hospitalized patients. Dr. Wetterer has extensive experience treating individuals suffering from Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD, anxiety, and related conditions. He is licensed as a psychologist in California and Nevada.

Prior to his career transition into clinical psychology, Dr. Wetterer served as a sworn police officer with the Sacramento Police Department, having spent a number of years working field patrol, neighborhood policing, and most recently as a member of the Mobile Crisis Response Team. Dr. Wetterer is also a licensed attorney in California. His clinical and research interests include the assessment of personality and psychopathology, risk of suicide, and interventions that target acute stress, trauma, and PTSD. Dr. Wetterer is currently a part-time faculty member at California Northstate University, College of Psychology, at the rank of Associate Professor in the Doctoral (Psy.D.) program. He collaborates regularly with faculty and students in the College of Medicine, providing his expertise in research design and statistical analysis. His teaching focus is in Psychological Assessment, Law & Ethics, Psychometrics, Research Design, and Statistics. Dr. Wetterer is a practicing forensic psychologist at Lake’s Crossing Center, a maximum security forensic hospital in Sparks, NV. At Lake’s Crossing, Dr. Wetterer is part of an interdisciplinary treatment team, where he conducts forensically focused assessments for the Courts, which include Competency to Stand Trial, Violence Risk Assessment, Criminal Responsibility, and general psychological evaluations.