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Patty Slaughter

Department Chair of Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology
Academic Background
Bachelor of Arts, Houghton College
Master of Arts, New York University
PhD in Psychology, Indiana State University
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2166
Patty Slaughter

Has also lived in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. Believes one of her roles as an educator is to help students learn to confront the challenges and stresses of learning “and to help them push past simple, standard ways of understanding problems, people, and situations.” Also believes the education and development of the whole person, within the context of a Christian worldview, is particularly important in a psychology program “where students can learn to apply critical-thinking and reasoning skills while working in a close knit learning community. Therefore, my approach to teaching is Biblically-grounded, Christ-centered, and student-focused with a goal of helping students learn to think critically and creatively, act responsibly, and serve consistently within the framework of well thought out Christian worldview.”

What classes do you teach at Anderson?

Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Group Dynamics, Honors Foundations 3, Internship, Pathways in Psychology, Psychology of Religion, Senior Seminar, and Theories of Personality

What year did you start teaching at AU?


Why teach at AU?

I believe that a quality education is one that promotes the growth and development of the whole person: body, soul, and spirit. I think this is accomplished most effectively when both students and professors share a common unity and focus in Christ.


Running, reading, spending time with family

People might be interested to know I...

Have been running for almost 30 years and have logged thousands of miles.

Places you've lived

Ethiopia (my parents were teachers in the Peace Corps)

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

If you were to interview current or former students, a theme will likely emerge in their answers: “You will learn a lot in a Dr. Slaughter class, but her classes are hard, so don’t expect an easy A.”


LeBlanc, P., and Slaughter, P.J. 2012. Growing thinking Christians: An investigation of the outcomes of Christian Education. Journal of School Choice 6: 62-81.

LeBlanc, P., and Slaughter, P.J. 2011. Faith lived out: The value of Christian education. Christian Educators Journal 15 (2): 12-15.