Department Chair, Psychology
Dr. Dominick Hankle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania. He is the oldest child and the first generation American of Italian immigrants on his mother's side of the family. His father's side of the family comes from a long line of blue collar hard-working western Pennsylvanians. Hankle recalls that, "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..."
Hankle began his academic adventure as a business student graduating from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Business Management. After finishing some graduate work at American University in Philosophy, he changed his career direction and started studying microcomputers. Hankle 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.
His deep love of Christ inspired him to return to school and earn his M.A. from St. Vincent Seminary in systematic theology. Hankle left the IT industry to pursue pastoral ministry and serve God. To augment his theology education, he received a second Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Duquesne University. Finally, Hankle completed his studies in psychology by earning a Ph.D. in General Psychology from Capella University.
Hankle's work-life has revolved around a number of pursuits, including a private practice as a therapist working mostly with couples, children and adults, as well as ministry, providing pastoral services to a number of churches.