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Randy Lyle

Professor & Director of Graduate Program-MFT

Graduate Center 165C


  • PhD Iowa State University
  • MDiv Seabury-Western Theological Seminary
  • BA Lorettor Heights College


Randall R. Lyle joined Mount Mercy in 2010 as director of the new marriage and family therapy program.

Prior to joining Mount Mercy, Lyle served as associate professor of marriage and family therapy at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, where he also served as program director for the Department of Counseling and Human Services. He previously served as clinical director at the Family Life Center for the marriage and family therapy program at St. Mary's.

In Spring 2017, Lyle was appointed and accepted the Gerald & Audrey Olson Endowed Chair for Marriage & Family Therapy—the first of its kind for Mount Mercy. Under his oversight, Mount Mercy’s MFT program achieved success quickly—developing an impressive reputation and receiving national accreditation just five years after its launch. 

Lyle has served as Vicar at Grace Episcopal Church in Boone, Iowa and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Webster City, Iowa.

He is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Iowa, and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Lyle is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a BCIA (Biofeedback Certification Institute of America) EEG certified neurofeedback practitioner. He oversees his own private practice, providing individual, couple and family therapy and neurofeedback training. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research.

As an ordained Episcopal Priest, Lyle served as assistant to the Rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Antonio, as well as a supply priest for the Diocese of West Texas. In addition to these roles, Lyle has also served as the senior editor of the Journal of Neurotherapy: Investigations in Neuromodulation, Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience.

He has published numerous scholarly articles and presented at professional conferences locally, nationally, and internationally.

Lyle holds a Ph.D. in human development and family studies, a Master's degree in philosophical theology/pastoral theology, and a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and theology.