Department Chair; Associate Professor, Psychology
Dr. Dominick 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. He 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.
Hankle’s 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 professional 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. His research interests include Christian spirituality and psychological theory, leadership and psychological theory, and qualitative research in psychology.
Hankle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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, hardworking western Pennsylvanians. Hankle says, “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!"