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In-depth Interview with Dr. Ryan J. Holley

"...it was the relationships that I formed with faculty members that ultimately guided me to where I am now as a professional."

Where are you from?

I am from Wentzville, MO and graduated from St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon.

How did your experience in the psychology department at Lindenwood help you in your postgraduate studies/career path?

My experiences at Lindenwood helped shape my later development in a variety of ways.  I was first exposed to research methodologies as well as the practice of psychotherapy at Lindenwood.  I was also first exposed to the theories of child development and cognitive psychology that would later shape my career.

With the nurturance and supportive encouragement of faculty members within the psychology department, I quickly learned that a promising career path in psychology could be attained through graduate studies.

What are some other things you do outside of your clinical practice?

Outside of clinical practice, I am a council member of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Chair of the Environmental Task Force, a committee within Division 39 of the American Psychological Association that focuses on the relationship between Environmental Ecology and Psychoanalysis. I am also conducting qualitative research that focuses on the relationship between childhood attachment strategies and projective drawing. In the fall of 2017, I will teach a Cognitive Assessment to first-year doctoral students as an adjunct professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

What advice do you have for current and prospective students?

For prospective undergraduate students that are aiming to find a career in psychology, I strongly urge you to stay active within the psychology department at Lindenwood University. Although my coursework was helpful, it was the relationships that I formed with faculty members that ultimately guided me to where I am now as a professional. I highly recommend becoming involved in clubs within the psychology department and regularly speaking with core faculty about you goals within the field.

If you would like to contact Ryan, please send your request to Dr. Michiko Nohara-LeClair.

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