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Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Ryan Blackstock

February 24, 2015

Dr. Blackstock is a Core Faculty member in the master’s program. He has been teaching at MiSPP since 2010. For more on Dr. Blackstock click here.

Michigan School of Professional Psychology Ryan Blackstock, PsyDHometown

Houston, Texas

Favorite book (non-academic)

If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! by Sheldon Kopp

Favorite place to grade papers

At work in the lunchroom in the dead of winter.

What made you decide to pursue a degree in psychology?

I had people in my life that I consider role models who had training in psychology. I wanted to emulate their way of being-in-the-world. 

What do you think led you to teach at MiSPP?

After I graduated, I decided to explore teaching and found that I really enjoy it. I stayed connected with the school via mentorship, and after I was done jumping through the post-doctoral hoops I applied. It’s a great honor to teach at my Alma Mater.

What’s your favorite part of teaching?

I’m known for doing role-plays with students in class, and that is probably my favorite part.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I generally do not watch television or movies.

What’s your favorite kind of music?

I have two kinds of music on my shelves at home. Heavy and Metal.

What do you do in your free time?

I read a lot and really enjoy video games. As someone that grew up with an Atari, the games today are simply astounding. I also play a few musical instruments, and design games.