Faculty

Larry Bienati, MBA, PhD
Larry Bienati, MBA, PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. Larry Bienati has over 35 years’ senior level leadership experience in various organizational settings including healthcare, medical device, engineering, retail, pharmacy and professional services. As the CEO of Consultants to Management, Inc., Dr. Bienati has provided strategic consulting services for many well-known organizations in the public, private and not for profit sectors. He served as Chairman of the Board for BSK Engineering and Laboratories, Inc. (USA), along with other Board roles in the private and not for profit sectors. Since 1990, Dr. Bienati has taught in many Bay Area Universities, including Saint Mary’s College of California where he served as lead faculty for the accelerated Bachelors and Masters Programs in Management and Health Services Management, U.C. Berkeley’s Worldwide Business Programs, the California Maritime Academy and Sacramento State University serving in faculty roles for the EMBA/MBA programs and many executive leadership programs for the State of California and other organizations. Dr. Bienati is a respected professional speaker, mediator, author, and practitioner in the areas of human resource strategy, complex employee/labor relations, strategic planning, organizational behavior, organizational development, transformational change, leadership development, executive coaching and succession planning systems. Dr. Bienati received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Golden Gate University and his M.B.A. and B.S. Degrees in Management Sciences and HR/Industrial Relations from California State University. Dr. Bienati’s dissertation focused on the rehabilitation of the problem employee and organizational turnaround strategies. His models and approaches are making positive impacts in the fields of human resources, organizational development and quality of life programs. He is a lifetime recipient of the Senior Professional in Human Resources distinction. Dr. Bienati donates 10% of his practice each year to assisting non-profit organizations, veterans, at risk students and other noble social causes in advancing their missions and needs. He is known for building collaborative, inclusive leadership styles, mentoring successful executive leaders and advancing the shared alignment of human capital as an organization’s most important asset.

Brandi Chew, PhD
Brandi Chew, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Professor

Dr. Chew received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. Currently, Dr. Chew works at the UC Davis MIND Institute providing clinical support for public health studies examining genetic and environmental contributions to autism risk. Prior to moving to northern California, Dr. Chew taught undergraduate psychology courses at the University of Washington and worked as a staff psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital Autism Center and the Center for Integrative Brain Research. Dr. Chew has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Hawaii and Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Dr. Chew is a licensed psychologist and specializes in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental and learning disabilities, early childhood development and mental health, and multicultural competence in mental health and developmental pediatric settings. Dr. Chew is a dedicated advocate for infants and children with co-occurring developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions, particularly neonatal brain injury. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 & Children Medical Complexity ECHO.

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
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 co-chair of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee, and teaches in an ethics institute before each CPA annual convention. He was recently named the CPA liaison to the APA’s Ethics Committee Task Force, which is responsible for a complete revision of our profession’s ethics code.

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.

Lori Roberto, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Professor

Dr. Lori Roberto earned her B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine, her M.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. She completed her internship at Rush University Medical Center (APA approved) in their health psychology track and her dissertation explored factors related to psychological distress in cancer patients. She completed postdoctoral work in Tucson, Arizona that included integrative pain management and medical rehabilitation settings. Upon moving back to California, Dr. Roberto worked as a psychologist at Sacramento State University where she split her time between the Health Center and Counseling Services as a clinician, coordinator of health psychology and eating disorder services, and supervisor of psychology interns.

Dr. Roberto transitioned to private practice in 2011 and she specializes in clinical health psychology for individuals with chronic medical conditions, stress, pain, insomnia/sleep disorders, and eating related issues. She is fascinated by the interplay of mind and body and often utilizes clinical hypnosis, mindfulness based practices, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in her clinical work. Dr. Roberto is enthusiastic about teaching and community involvement: she is also a Lecturer at Sacramento State University, she provides Resiliency Consultations for physicians through the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, and she serves on the board of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association.

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 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 autism spectrum, neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders. Since 2011, she has been a Faculty member at the Department of Pediatrics and holds an Associate 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. 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. Dr. Schneider published over 60 peer-reviewed research articles (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1ZSxp_9vOcfkw/bibliography/public/). She has been involved with the Clinical Trials Unit at the MIND Institute and her clinical practice as a licensed psychologist focuses on neuropsychological assessments, social skills training, and mental health intervention in autism spectrum and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Schneider is 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.

Stephanie Smith, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Professor

Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Stephanie Smith completed her undergraduate studies at Towson University outside of Baltimore, MD. From there she moved to the Washington, D.C. metro area to complete her Psy.D. at the American College of Professional Psychology, Argosy University- Washington, D.C. While in school, she specialized in eating disorders and neuropsychological assessment.

After completing an internship with a hospital center in Pennsylvania specializing in integrated health psychology, she moved to California to pursue residency with dual focus on integrated health psychology, and eating disorders. She has remained within the hospital setting working as a health psychologist in clinics including primary care, pediatrics, lifestyle medicine, women’s health, and bariatric surgery.

Dr. Smith is a diplomate of the American and International Boards of Lifestyle Medicine since 2018. She is the co-chair of the psychologist service area in the medical center, and responsible for the psychological testing service. She offers regular CEU/CME trainings to the medical center, supervises medicine and psychologist residents, and works as an integrated consultant for primary care treatment of eating disorders. She also works part-time as a private practice clinician.
In her down time, Dr. Smith enjoys hiking, gardening, and trying new recipes.

Haim Weinberg, Ph.D., C.G.P.
Haim Weinberg, Ph.D., C.G.P.
Licensed Psychologist
Associate Professor

Dr. Haim Weinberg Ph.D, is a licensed psychologist, group analyst and Certified Group Psychotherapist in private practice in Sacramento, California. He is the past President of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy and of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS). Dr. Weinberg is the list-owner of the group psychotherapy professional online discussion forum. He served as the Director of International Programs at the Professional School of Psychology in which he created and coordinates an online doctoral program in group psychotherapy. He co-edits a series of books about the social unconscious, wrote a book on Internet groups and co-authored a book on Fairy Tales and the social unconscious. His latest co-edited book is “Theory and Practice of Online Therapy”.

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

Dr. Craig Wetterer earned a Ph.D. 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 focused on forensic and neuropsychological 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 treating the most seriously mentally ill inmate-patients in a maximum-security prison setting. In 2017, he was appointed to the position of Clinical Director 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. He is licensed as a clinical psychologist in California and Nevada, and as an attorney in California.

Dr. Wetterer has previously served as a sworn police officer with the Sacramento Police Department working in a variety of assignments, including patrol, field training officer, neighborhood policing, and as a member of the mental health team. He provides ongoing training support to new officers in understanding mental illness, teaching them best practices in crisis intervention. His clinical and research interests include the assessment of personality and psychopathology, risk of suicide, and interventions that target acute stress, trauma, and PTSD. His teaching focus is in personality & intellectual assessment, psychometrics, statistics, and courses in forensic psychology. Dr. Wetterer is also a practicing forensic psychologist at Lake’s Crossing Center, a maximum-security forensic hospital in Sparks, NV where he is part of an interdisciplinary treatment team conducting forensically focused assessments for the Courts. He has held faculty appointments at the University of California, Davis as a visiting lecturer, and a current appointment as an adjunct professor at Brandman University. Dr. Wetterer is also a member of the community faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.