Professor Plans to Expand Counseling Program Internationally

Ryan Hancock, Photo by Sam Masterson

Ryan Hancock is Webster’s newest counseling professor. He graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology. He worked as an outpatient counselor after college and enjoyed it so much it led him to get his master’s degree and Ph.D. in counseling.

Hancock was born and raised in Peoria, Ill. His love of travel drew him to Webster, where he hopes to expand the international side of the counseling program and develop online courses.

Hancock traveled to Ireland last year. He lived in Stockholm, Sweden for a year when he was 20 years old and worked for the U.S. Embassy. He has also been to Canada and traveled around the U.S.

“One of the things about Webster that really encouraged me to do the job here was all the international things out there,” Hancock said.

In addition to choosing Webster for its international emphasis, Hancock said he was drawn to Webster because it is a private university. He said Webster is about the same size as Bradley University in Peoria, where he received his master’s.

“I really enjoyed my experience getting a master’s degree in counseling from a private university,” Hancock said.” It’s a different setting, different dynamic so Webster was definitely on my list.”

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