Allan J. Comeau, Ph.D. Chairman, Board of Directors

Allan J. Comeau, Ph.D.
Chairman, Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I welcome you to Ryokan College, whether as a student, a parent or family member, or as a visitor.

I have the distinction of being awarded the very first doctoral degree from Ryokan College and, subsequently becoming the first Ryokan College graduate to become licensed as a psychologist in California.

Since that time, I maintain a private practice, am an Assistant Clinical Professor at Department of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, and have been involved in clinical research in areas of medical psychology, behavioral psychopharmacology, addictive disorders, psychosis, and anxiety and mood disorders as well as being a Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of Los Angeles County Psychological Association, since 2010.

With over 2000 graduates, many of whom are leaders in the fields of psychology, healthcare administration, holistic health, nutrition, and management, Ryokan College is well established as a leading institution of higher learning. I’ve always felt that our success, especially in the area of healthcare licensing (Marriage Family Therapy and Clinical Psychology) has been particularly due to the uncharacteristic excellence of our teaching staff, drawn from the best clinical practitioners from a community that itself is blessed to already have the best and, even more importantly, the unquestioned commitment and readiness of our students. For over three decades Ryokan has been consistently one of the top choices for adult learners who come prepared to learn and who are eager to take their place in their respective professional communities.

Here, in my official message as Chair of the Ryokan College Board of Directors, I bring words of praise for what has already been achieved and encouragement for what we are about to undertake, as Ryokan College continues to grow and evolve as an educational institution.

In this next year Ryokan College promises to take on new and bold challenges. We are in the midst of a self-study. We are developing new classes and programs to meet emerging needs of our students, new and old, bringing the best of our educational skills and technologies to an ever needy and growing audience.

We face the future with open arms and welcoming smiles.

Allan J. Comeau, Ph.D.
Chairman, Board of Directors

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