Who am I?

Curriculum Vita


Education

Ph.D., 1982 Counseling Psychology (APA approved program)
Colorado State University
Emphasis on child and adult psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychodiagnostics, test and measurement, anxiety management, learning disabilities

M.S., 1979, School Psychology
Colorado State University
Emphasis on psychodiagnostics, individual and group therapy, learning disabilities

Graduate Study in Reading, 1974-1975
Loyola College
Emphasis on diagnostics and reading instruction

B.S., 1974, Psychology
Indiana University
Emphasis on perceptual psychology. Graduated with Distinction

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Professional Experience

1/90 Clinical Psychologist
Ryan & Ryan Psychological Associates, Grand Rapids, MI
Individual psychotherapy with children, and adults
Family therapy
Psychodiagnostics assessments for children and adults
Consultation with schools and human services agencies
11/82 - 12/89 Clinical Psychologist
West Side Family Mental Health Clinic
Individual psychotherapy with children and adults
Family therapy
Psychodiagnostics assessments for children, and adults
Consultation with schools and human services agencies
9/81 - 9/82 Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology
The Devereux Foundation (APA approved) Devon, PA
Intensive individual psychotherapy with adults (schizophrenia, organic brain damage, character disorder and mental retardation)
Group psychotherapy with schizophrenic adolescents
Psycho diagnostic assessments for purposes of admission
Participation on clinical team
Consultation with parents
Crisis intervention with educational, vocational and residential staff
8/78 - 6/81 Coordinator of the Learning Disability Program
University Counseling, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Development and implementation of diagnostic and remedial procedures for learning disabled adults
Diagnosis and therapy with learning disabled adults
Supervision of an interdisciplinary staff of interns, and paraprofessional from the areas of communication disorders, education and psychology
Training of university staff and faculty concerning learning disabilities
7/80 -1/81 Staff Psychologist
Larimer County Community Corrections, Fort Collins, CO
Educational /psychological diagnostic for convicted felons
Development of educational prescriptions
Supervision of a full-time educational coordinator
Consultation and training for the residential staff
1/79 - 5/79 School Psychology Internship
Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, CO
Individual psychotherapy
Group psychotherapy, four sessions per week
Psychodiagnostics
Development of group psychotherapy procedures for an experimental classroom for disturbed adolescents
9/74 - 5/76 Special Education Teacher
St. Paul School, Baltimore, MD
Teaching and curriculum planning for a fourth grade class of learning disabled children
Collaborative work with parents
Educational diagnostic work with a school psychologist

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Presentations

Ryan, Michael, "Group Psychotherapy with Learning Disabled Adults" presented at the 56th annual conference of the International Dyslexia Association, Philadelphia, 2004.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Oddly Match Brain" presented at Michigan Group Psychotherapy Society, Detroit, 2002.
 
Ryan, Michael, "The Brain is 3-D: Learning Styles and Accommodations" Keynote address for the Spring conference of the British Columbia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Surrey, British Columbia, May, 1998.
 
Ryan, Michael, "When Children Fail to Learn to Read: The Social and Emotional Impact at School and at Home" Keynote address at the Spring conference of the Indiana Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Indianapolis, March 1998.
 
Ryan, Michael, and "The Formation of a Peer Supervision Group" presented at the annual Ryan, Sally, meeting fo the American Group Psychotherapy Association, Chicago, February, 1998.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Shame and Despair as Correlates of Dyslexia" presented at the 48th annual conference of the International Dyslexia Association, Minneapolis, November, 1997.
 
Ryan, Michael, "The Importance of Fathering in Parenting the Dyslexic Child" Keynote address for the Spring conference of the Ohio Valley Branch of the International Dyslexia Society, March, 1996.
 
Ryan, Michael and Conrad, Kelly, " Cognitive Accommodations" series of two day workshops for rehabilitation counselors through the College of Education at Michigan State University, 1994-1996.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Why Smart Kids Do Dumb Things" Presented at Building Bridges for the Dyslexic Student, Texas Educational Agency, Houston, Texas, July, 1992.
 
Ryan, Michael and Lubin, Harold, "The Practical Use of Psychotherapy for Dyslexics" Presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Orton Dyslexia Society, Portland, OR, November, 1991.
 
Ryan, Michael and Hunter, Christine, "Specific Learning Disabilities Training for Rehabilitation Counselors" A two day workshop developed for Michigan Rehabilitation Services, November, 1986, June, 1987 and September, 1987.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Diagnosing Adolescents With Learning Disabilities" Presented at the 1984 Michigan Association of Children with Learning Disabilities Convention, Detroit, MI, November, 1983.
 
Ryan, Michael, "The Emotional Aspects of Learning Disabilities" presented at the 1983 Michigan Learning Disabilities Convention, Detroit, MI, November, 1983.
 
Ryan, Michael and Helton, Janet, "The Use of Orthographic Errors to Diagnose Learning Disabled Adults" Presented at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO, April, 1981.
 
Ryan, Michael, "The History of Learning Disabilities" A workshop presented to the faculty of Central Washington University, Ellenberg, WA, November, 1980.
 
Ryan, Michael, "The Characteristics of Learning Disabilities, Birth to Adulthood" A workshop presented to the faculty of Central Washington University, Ellenberg, WA, November, 1980.
 
Ryan, Michael, "The Identification of Learning Disabilities at the Post-Secondary Level" Presented at the Third National Conference of the Association of Handicapped Student Service Programs in Post-Secondary Education, Denver, CO, May, 1980.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Developing Programs for Learning Disabled College Students" Presented at the Conference on Secondary Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1979.
 
Saunders, Roger E., Schreeve, Jeanne W. and Ryan, Michael, Prevention to Save Potential" Presented at the Orton Society's 27th Annual Conference, New York, NY, 1976.

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Publications

Ryan, Michael, "Solving the Emotional Enigma of Dyslexia," Perspectives, Fall, 2004.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Helping Children Stand to Their Full Height," Perspectives, Fall, 2004.
 
Ryan, Michael, The Other Eighteen Hours, Emeritus Series, Baltimore: Second Edition, 2004.
 
Ryan, Michael, "The Social and Emotional Effects of Dyslexia," The Education Digest, January, 1992.
 
Ryan, Michael, "The Social and Emotional Reactions to Specific Developmental Dyslexia" The Journal of Adventist Education, Summer, 1991.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Why Smart Kids Do Dumb Things", Their World, National Center for Learning Disabilities, 1992.
 
Ryan, Michael, "National Business Competency Tests" The Tenth Mental Measurement Year Book, Ed. J.J. Kramer. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Secretarial Staff Selector" The Tenth Mental Measurement Year Book, Ed. J.J. Kramer. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Motor-Free Visual Perception Test" Test Critiques, Vol. VII, Kansas City: Test Corporation of America, 1988.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Minnesota Clerical Test" The Ninth Mental Measurement Book, Ed. J.V. Mitchell. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1985.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Vocational Adaptation Rating Scale" The Mental Measurement Yearbook, Ed. J.V. Mitchell, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1985
 
Ryan, Michael, Miller, C.D. and Witt, Joseph, "A Comparison of Use of Orthographic Structure in Word Discrimination by Learning Disabled and Normal Children" Journal of Learning Disabilities, January, 1984.
 
Ryan, Michael and Witt, Joseph A, "Assessment of High School, College and Adult Learning Disabled Individuals" The Proceedings of the 1981 Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists.
 
Ryan, Michael, Davidshofer, Charles and Miller, C. Dean, "The Nature of Learning Disabilities, Identification and Programming at the Post-Secondary Level" In The Proceedings of the Third National Conference of the Association on Handicapped Student Services Program in the Post Secondary Education.
 
Miller, C. Dean, McKinley, Donna, and Ryan, Michael, "College Students: Learning Disabilities and Services" The Personnel Guidance Journal, January, 1980.
 
Ryan, Michael, "Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities" In the new edition of Exercises in Psychological Testing, Eds. George C. Thornton, III and Eugene R. Oetting, New York, NY: Harper and Row Publishers.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Assocation, President
  • Michigan Licensed Psychologist
  • International Dyslexia Society, Past Vice President
  • Orton Dyslexia Society, Michigan Branch Inc., Past President
  • American Psychological Association
  • Michigan Group Psychotherapy Association, Board of Directors
  • Association for Children With Learning Disabilities, Professional Board
  • Buros Institute, Reviewer
  • Test Corporation of America, Reviewer
  • Professional Advisor for the Public Television Documentary "Dyslexia: The Hidden Disability"
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Advisory Board, Founding Member
  • Annals of Dyslexia, Editorial Board
  • Consultant for Governor John Engler's 1998 State of the State Speech.

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