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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
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
  • Expressive Arts in Counseling
  • Theories and Models in Counseling Supervision

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. Working from a Jungian theoretical foundation, he has specialized training in using dreamwork in psychotherapy, sandtray therapy, and play therapy with children. Additionally, Dr. Foster has extensive experience 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 and applications of interpersonal neurobiology in counseling.

Dr. Foster is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia, a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) in Texas, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Humanistic Sandtray Therapist (CHST).  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 and psychological assessment for children, adolescents, and adults. His clinical experience includes 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 serves as a board member for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC). He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Virginia Counseling Association, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.