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Dr. Ryan D. Foster
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Contact Information

Ballston 811B
(703) 284-1661

Academic Credentials

B.A., M.A., Texas State University, San Marcos
Ph.D., University of North Texas
Teaching Areas:
  • Survey of Testing and Assessment
  • Advanced Assessment of Social and Personality Functioning
  • Human Sexuality Issues in Counseling
  • Grief and Loss

Research Interests:
  • Grief and Loss Intervention Outcome
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Spiritual and Transpersonal Development
  • Near-Death Experiences
Dr. Ryan D. Foster has been trained in counseling across the lifespan, including adults, adolescents, and children. He has specialized training in using dreamwork in psychotherapy, sandtray therapy, and play therapy with children. Additionally, Dr. Foster has specialized training in working with people who have had near-death experiences and other spiritual or transpersonal concerns. He is particularly interested in the effects of transpersonal experiences on grief and loss.

Dr.Foster is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) in Texas and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  Dr. Foster has provided counseling services at his private practice, in community agencies, in elementary schools, and in college counseling centers since 2006. He has also served as director of a nonprofit community counseling agency.

In addition to counseling, Dr. Foster specializes in psychoeducational assessment for children, adolescents, and adults. His assessment teaching and practice experiences include intellectual, behavioral, personality, and affective functioning, ADHD assessment, and learning difficulty evaluations. He believes that counselors should approach testing and assessment from a foundation of humanistic philosophy.

Dr. Foster is assistant editor for the Journal of Near-Death Studies. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Texas Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the International Association for Near-Death Studies.