Tracey Ryan, University of Bridgeport

Associate Professor Bridgeport, Connecticut tryan@bridgeport.edu Office: (203) 576-4176

Bio/Research

Professor Tracey Ryan is a developmental psychologist with an applied professional background in human services. For more than a decade she helped to develop and lead programs supporting people who have cognitive and mental health disabilities. Her expertise was working with individuals and famil...

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Bio/Research

Professor Tracey Ryan is a developmental psychologist with an applied professional background in human services. For more than a decade she helped to develop and lead programs supporting people who have cognitive and mental health disabilities. Her expertise was working with individuals and families challenged by autism and related developmental disabilities, previously living in large, poorly managed, state run facilities. She was a vocal advocate of closing the state run facilities in Massachusetts and Connecticut during the decades that were known as deinstitutionalization. She led the development and implementation of the first community based, specialized foster care arrangement in the state of Ct. for a young woman who had autism in Greenwich Ct. during the mid 1990’s.

Additionally, Professor Ryan has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and human services at the community college, college, and university levels. In her current position as Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Bridgeport, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human development and co- chairs the undergraduate program in psychology. Her current research interests include psychosocial issues in lifespan development particularly during young and middle adulthood, stress and coping, careers in psychology, and motivating undergraduate students to read their textbooks. She is a frequent reviewer for PsychCritiques, an online journal and database considered the most authoritative source for book review within the American Psychological Association.

Professor Ryan has lived in Stamford Ct for more than fifteen years, with her two children, ages 13 and 16. She enjoys cheering for her two teenagers while they play soccer, basketball and tennis and compete in diving meets. She also enjoys playing competitive tennis in a league for women, mostly dealing with the challenges of middle adulthood, based in Fairfield County.


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