Richard Slatcher

Richard Slatcher

Associate Professor


Rm. 8405.2 - 5057 Woodward Ave.


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Richard Slatcher

Richard Slatcher received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to Wayne State, he spent two years as an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in Health Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Close relationships, social psychology, health and well-being, language use in social relationships


Understanding the impact of close relationships on health and well-being is the central focus of Prof. Slatcher's research and teaching. He uses a variety of research methodologies (structured laboratory experiments, group interactions, daily diary studies, and behavioral observation), and statistical methods (multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, dyadic data analysis, and meta-analysis) in his work. He teaches Introductory Psychology (PSY1010) at the undergraduate level and the Social Psychology of Close Relationships and Biobases of Health Psychology at the graduate level.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.S. in Business Administration, University of Richmond, 1995
  • Ph.D in Social and Personality Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 2007

Awards and Grants

  • Caryl Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), 2017

  • Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology by an Early Career Professional from the Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38), 2016

Currently Teaching

  • PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology

    PSY 7645 Social Psychology of Close Relationships

Courses taught

PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology, Fall 2016

PSY 8600 Biobases of Health Psychology, Winter 2017

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