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Meet Our Staff


Dr. Veena Kumari

Dr. Veena Kumari obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University, India in 1993 prior to moving to the Institute of Psychiatry, London for post-doctoral research. She became a BEIT Research Fellow in 1999, a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science in 2002, and a Full Professor in 2006 at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (formerly known as the Institute of Psychiatry), King’s College London, UK. She left King’s College London in June 2016 to join the Sovereign Health Group. In her current role, she will oversee the scientific initiatives of Sovereign Health Group, including the development of new processes, technologies and products.

Dr. Kumari has received various national and international awards for her research including the Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance of Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the British Association of Psychopharmacology Clinical Psychopharmacology Prize, and most recently the prestigious Humboldt Research Award in 2014. Her research interests include the neurobiological effects and predictors of outcome following pharmacological and psychological treatments in schizophrenia, neurobiology of violence and addiction in mental illness, cognitive psychopharmacology (particularly the effects of nicotine, psychostimulants, antipsychotics and anxiolytics), and personality and brain functioning.


Patrice Haire

Patrice Haire has worked in the field of addiction for her entire adult life. She began her career at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California in the early 1980s, where she worked as a Counselor Technician. After leaving the Betty Ford Center she was employed with Loma Linda Behavioral Medicine Center in Redlands, California. This in-patient medical facility gave her experience with a diverse population of patients that were gravely affected by mental health disorders and the disease of addiction. In 1999 she began working in the Corrections Division of Mental Health Systems, a nonprofit company based in San Diego, California. She was given the opportunity to write contracts and work with community partners that helped addicted felons to become drug- and crime-free. In 2010, when the state funding apparatus changed, Ms. Haire became an Instructor for InterCoast Colleges in Riverside, California before joining the Sovereign Institute Team in 2017. Patrice Haire brings a unique blend of professional experience and down-to-earth, no-nonsense style to her teaching, facilitating the growth of a new generation of trainees that will impact patients and their families in finding a path to freedom.


Dr. Andrew Thompson

Dr. Andrew Thompson is the Academic Project Manager for Sovereign Health in San Clemente, CA. He received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2016. His research focuses on the neurobiology of impulsive choice behavior, especially following exposure to drugs of abuse such as methamphetamine. Dr. Thompson is an ARCS Scholar, and was a 3-time recipient of the Translational Neuroscience of Drug Abuse training grant from NIDA.