Administration

Bret McLaughlin, PsyD, MBA
Licensed Psychologist
Dean of the College of Psychology

Dr. McLaughlin is a licensed psychologist and a specialist in forensic and clinical psychology. He received a statewide collaborative grant for his research on incarcerated parents and their children and was a psychological assessor for child custody, disability, and social security hearings. He has worked for the Department of State Hospitals where he was a recognized expert witness on mental health and the evaluation of dangerousness in California courts. While working for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation he was the Vice Chair of the Psychology Department at the California Medical Facility and the Chief Psychologist and Chief of Mental Health at the California Health Care Facility. There he was a founding member of the onboarding team and instrumental in the development of their mental health program and services.

Among his professional affiliations, Dr. McLaughlin is a member of the American Psychological Association (Division 38 and 41), the California Psychological Association, the Forensic Mental Health Association of California, the Modern Language Association, and the California Association of Teachers of English. He has taught at a variety of institutions and was most recently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at California Northstate University and is a guest lecturer on organizational behavior in the College of Business at California State University, Sacramento.

Sandra Nevis, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Dean of Clinical Training

Dr. Nevis obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University (APA accredited) and completed her APA accredited internship at Arizona State University.

She served over 10 years as the Training Director at California State University Sacramento within the university counseling center before leaving CSUS to start a private practice and teach as adjunct faculty at USF. Her areas of interest lie in the areas of training and supervision and clinical presentations related to human sexuality and gender identity.


Veronica Dobson, PsyD
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions

Dr. Dobson earned her clinical psychology degree at Alliant International University in San Francisco, and Sacramento, CA. Her postdoc training included intensive training in court-ordered co-parenting therapy, individual and family interventions and couples’ work. Dr. Dobson’s area of specialty includes transitional ages (home to college, college to career), human sexuality and gender issues. She has taught human sexuality at California Community colleges for nearly a decade and maintains a passionate advocacy for sexual, gender, reproductive and social justice for the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community. Dr. Dobson’s early research focused on using forgiveness as a therapeutic intervention, peace psychology and restorative justice.

Dr. Dobson also specializes in collegiate leadership development. She has long served as an advisor for Fraternity and Sorority Greek Letter organizations, having previously served at Sacramento State University, Chico State, and currently works as a Collegiate Management Advisor at UC Berkeley. She is deeply interested in the welfare and wellbeing of undergraduate students and believes that social organizations have the power to transform, deepen understanding, bring diversity to bear on current social problems and strengthen the communities in which we live.

She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Sacramento State University, and before her graduate training worked as a court-appointed parenting supervisor/trainer, as a clinician in a location-undisclosed safehouse for runaway youth and victims of domestic violence, and in county social services. She is a passionate gardener and loves the heritage arts.


Andrea Schneider, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Dean of Research and Academics

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. 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 has published over 60 peer-reviewed research articles. 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.