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Lawrence J. Ryan Ph.D.

About Lawrence J. Ryan Ph.D.:


Ph. D. The University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Clinical Psychology. Dissertation: The relationship of imagery ability and the efficacy of implosive therapy.

M.A. East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. Clinical Psychology. Thesis: Bender Gestalt performance and reading achievement.

B.A. John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, Psychology

Professional Positions:

2009-Present: President, Yo San University Los Angeles, CA. Chief Executive Officer of an accredited school of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with a student body of approximately 220 students in master’s and doctoral degree programs. Responsible for all academic, fiscal and student services as well as budget and fund development, board and community relations.

2005-2010: Core Faculty and Chair of the Psychology Concentration for the Ph. D. Program. The Graduate College, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Leadership responsibility for the development and implementation of the concentration curriculum including supervision of faculty and review of learner documents. Work in close mentoring relationships in first and second core roles with learners in the Psychology Concentration as well as with learners in the School of Professional Psychology. Facilitate Entry Colloquia and content specific seminars. Recent seminars have included “History and Systems of Psychology” and “Psychological Assessment: Theoretical, Practical, Cultural and Ethical Considerations.” Served as Coordinator of Program assessment processes and provided a report to the North Central Association regarding the status of 30 at risk doctoral candidates. Currently provide follow up service and advocacy for School of Professional Psychology graduates who are in the process of applying for licensure. Serve on institutional and faculty governance committees. Review seminar proposals, conduct faculty evaluations and troubleshoot special problem situations. Additional service has included the roles of the chair of the Graduate Admissions Committee, co-chair of the Institutional Review Board and chair of an assessment committee for a master’s program.2004-2005: Academic Vice President. American InterContinental University. Chief Academic officer for Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs for a regionally accredited (Southern Association of Schools and Colleges)Los Angeles 2000 student campus. Served on the President’s cabinet with accountability for all academic functions and components of the university including full time and adjunct faculty hiring, faculty development, new program development, institutional effectiveness assessment, student retention initiatives, and the offices of the registrar, academic advisement and the library. Leadership service on several campus and institution-wide governance committees. Designed and implemented faculty governance system. Served as Interim President during the president’s leave of absence.

2002-2004: Graduate Dean and Associate Academic Vice President. Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, California. Chief academic officer for master’s and doctoral level programs in psychology, education, theology, nursing and physical therapy. Coordinated with department chairs in all aspects of curriculum, assessment, enrollment management, program development and quality improvement. Implemented a new Master of Science in Nursing Program. Facilitate the planning, development and initiation of a new masters programs in nursing (MSN) and humanities. Facilitated community outreach aspects of the graduate programs including partnerships with a number of local health care and educational agencies. Provided leadership for the Graduate Council and served on the President’s cabinet for Graduate Programs.

1997-2002: Vice President and Academic Dean. St. John’s College, Camarillo, California. Chief academic officer responsible for leadership and management of undergraduate academic programs, with full range of duties regarding students, faculty, library and academic budgets. Served as the administrative liaison for the Board of Directors as well as for a number of governance committees. Represented the college to a variety of external constituents. Served as the Accreditation Liaison Officer working closely with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Involved in new program development and program improvement in a rigorous residential learning and living environment. Actively involved in all aspects of technology development in academic and administrative areas with activity in planning and actualizing both resources and training for students, faculty and staff.

1992-1997: Dean of the Graduate School. Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Chief academic and administrative officer for a regionally accredited (North Central Association) doctoral program serving a national constituency of 1300 candidates using state of the art educational technology and pedagogy. Special focus on the educational needs of mid-career professionals using a dispersed residency model as well as extensive collaborative networking and computer technology in the delivery of instructional and support services. Traveled extensively and gave numerous presentations as well as served as liaison with state/governmental agencies, licensure boards and accreditation groups.

1991-1992: Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Direct administrative responsibility for program implementation and liaison with a variety of governance committees and constituent groups. Special responsibility for the development of a doctoral program in professional psychology.

1980-1991: Chair, Department of Psychology, Professor of Psychology. Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, California. Administrative and academic leadership for an undergraduate psychology major and several master’s programs in counseling psychology. Special emphasis on multi-cultural education and innovative delivery systems specifically geared toward adult learners. Extensive experience in weekend, evening and individually designed programs.

1978-1980: Chair, Department of Education. Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, California. Administrative and academic leadership for bachelor’s and master’s level and teacher training and related credential programs in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Bilingual Education and Counseling Psychology. Included extensive liaison with the California Teacher Credentialing Commission, The Los Angeles Unified School District as well as with a variety of other public and private schools and agencies.

1977-1978: Associate Professor of Psychology. Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, California. Instruction and program development duties in both bachelor’s and master’s level programs with campus locations in West Los Angeles and downtown Los Angles.

1977-1991: Psychologist in part-time private practice. Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California. Emphasis on service and advocacy for a variety of refugee groups. Included individual assessment and treatment work as well as group work, hospital, school and community consultations.

1971-1977: Chair, Department of Psychology, Associate Professor of Psychology, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont. Instruction and administration of an innovative student centered program in both behavioral sciences (psychology/human services) and special education. Served as the chair for the planning and implementation of a community based master’s degree program in counseling psychology.

1971-1977: Psychological Consultant (part time), Caledonia North School District, Lyndonville, Vermont. Direct service and consultation to pupils, parents, teachers and administrators with special emphasis on the implementation of a mainstream inclusion special education programs.

1969-1971: Staff Psychologist, The Children’s Center. Detroit, Michigan. Provision of services, school and community consultation and education functions in an urban mental health clinic setting.

1969: Psychological Intern, Kennedy Child Study Center, New York, New York. Intensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of children with multiple challenges as well as service and consultation with teachers, community agencies and families.

1968-1969: Graduate Assistant, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Taught laboratory sections of psychological testing/assessment courses and coordinated equipment for graduate student population. Leadership in student governance committees.

1967: Psychological Intern, Wake County Community Mental Health Center, Raleigh North Carolina. Intensive training in a comprehensive urban mental health center with focus on both in-patient and out-patient services as well as community consultation.

1966-1968: Graduate Follow, Department of Psychology, East Carolina University. Greenville, North Carolina. Primary instructor for multiple sections of introductory and developmental psychology courses. Coordinated seminar program for teaching assistants, assisted professors in preparation of materials for labs and demonstrations. Participated in graduate student governance process.
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