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Dominick D. Hankle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department Chair, Psychology

Education

  • Ph.D., General Psychology, Harold Abel School of Psychology, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
  • M.S.Ed, Marriage and Family Counseling, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • M.A., Systematic Theology, minor in Sacred Scripture, St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
  • B.S. Business Administration, Robert Morris College, Coraopolis, PA

Classes Taught

  • PSYC 313: Research Methods
  • PSYC 102: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 321: Data Analysis
  • PSYC 316: Case Management, Crisis Intervention, and Treatment Planning
  • PSYC 410: Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 422: Capstone Seminar
  • PSYC 327: Psychology of Religion
  • PSYC 406: Group Therapy
  • PSYC 402: Making of the Christian Leader
  • PSYC 412: Multicultural Psychology
  • PSYC 400: Abnormal Psychology

Research Interests

Qualitative research in general, spiritual topics in relation to psychology, psychological theory and philosophical assumptions

Teaching Philosophy

The discipline of psychology attempts to describe, explain, control and predict human behavior and mental processes. Too often psychologists ignore the complexity of the human condition and attempt to isolate an understanding of humanity from one perspective. Spirituality is reduced to neurological structures in the brain, altruistic behavior becomes a means of preserving the species, and religion is explained away as a remnant of prehistoric unconsciousness. For psychology to be done well it must be done holistically capturing all God has intended for the human person. Good psychology understands human behavior and mental processes from a biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual perspective.

Because of this underlying appreciation for a more complex and holistic understanding of the discipline of psychology, I encourage my students to draw on a diverse set of sources. Scripture helps us to understand God's will and revelation regarding the human condition, science helps us isolate and understand natural facets of human behavior, and the great classics help psychologists understand human behavior and mental processes as it has been experienced throughout human history. By exposing students to all of these sources, challenging them to think outside the box in regards to research and study, and asking them to stretch themselves leaving their comfort zone, students will mature in what they know and how they live. My students will graduate with the ability to take the discipline of psychology into their professional lives without reducing the human experience therefore making them strong and capable leaders.

Biography

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I am the oldest child and the first generation American of Italian immigrants on my mother's side of the family. My father's side of the family comes from a long line of blue collar hard working western Pennsylvanians. It was interesting growing up in my home since we were continually exposed to two cultures attempting to blend together in one household. Imagine Thanksgiving where turkey was a side dish to pasta and lasagna.

I began my academic adventure as a business student graduating from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh, PA with a B.S. in Business Management. After finishing some graduate work at American University in Philosophy, I changed my career direction and started studying microcomputers. I graduated with a certificate in microcomputer applications and worked for 15 years as an independent IT consultant for companies such as Hewlett Packard, ALCOA, and PPG Industries. I had become deeply in love with Christ at this point in my life so went back to graduate school and received my M.A. from St. Vincent Seminary in systematic theology. I left the IT industry to pursue pastoral ministry and serve God in whatever way he found appropriate. To augment my theology education I received a second Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Duquesne University. I completed my studies in psychology by earning a Ph.D. in General Psychology from Capella University. My work life has revolved around a number of pursuits. I have had a private practice as a therapist working mostly with couples, children, and adults as well as provided pastoral services to a number of churches. Presently, I am an assistant professor of psychology at Regent's College of Arts and Sciences and still do pastoral work at a small local church in Virginia Beach.

For fun I really love to read and write. I spend most of my time with a computer and books, writing and doing research. Learning and teaching are my passions and doing so in an environment that fosters spiritual and intellectual growth is most satisfying. Along with reading and writing, my favorite pursuits are traveling with my family and enjoying great historic sites.

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