About

Dr. Slife is a clinical psychologist who was, until recently, Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University. While there, he was the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, an APA journal. He has been honored recently with several awards for his scholarship and teaching, including the Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for his contribution to psychology, the Eliza R. Snow Award for research on the interface of science and religion, the Karl G. Maeser Award for top researcher at BYU, the Circle of Honor Award from the Student Honor Association, and both "Teacher of the Year" by the university and “Most Outstanding Professor” by the psychology student honorary, Psi Chi.

Professor Slife moved from Baylor University where he served as Director of Clinical Training for many years and was honored there as "Outstanding Research Professor" as well as the "Circle of Achievement" award for his teaching.  As a Fellow of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, he served as the President of the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, on the Council of the American Psychological Association, and on the editorial boards of eight journals:  Journal of Mind and Behavior, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Humanistic Psychologist, Journal of Qualitative Research in Psychology, International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, Qualitative Psychology, Terrorism Research, and The Open Philosophy Journal. 

 

He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles and 10 books. The books include: 

  • Routledge International handbook of Theorectical and Philosophical Psychology: Critiques, Problems, and Alternatives to Psychological Ideas (Routledge, 2022), 

  • Hermeneutic Moral Realism in Psychology (Routledge, 2019),

  • The Hidden Worldviews of Psychology's Theory, Research, and Practice (Routledge, 2017),

  • Frailty, Suffering, and Vice: Flourishing in the Face of Human Limitations (2017, APA Books),

  • Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Psychological Issues (1980 - 2013, McGraw-Hill, 19 editions),

  • Critical Thinking About Psychology: Hidden Assumptions and Plausible Alternatives (2005, APA Books),

  • Critical Issues in Psychotherapy: Translating New Ideas into Practice (2001, Sage Publications),

  • Psychology's Fragmentation:  Problems and Prospects (2000, Mind and Behavior Press),

  • What’s Behind the Research?  Hidden Assumptions in the Behavioral Sciences (1995, Sage Publications), and

  • Time and Psychological Explanation (1993, SUNY Press).

Dr. Slife has retired from his psychotherapy practice of over 35 years, where he specialized in marital and family therapies.

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Working as "crew" aboard the tall ship, James Craig, in Australia.

Education

BA 1976

William Jewel College

Liberty, Missouri

 

Majors:  Philosophy and Psychology

MS 1977

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

 

Major:  Clinical Psychology

Minor:  Personality Assessment

Thesis:  “The Relation of Affect Assessment to Brain Lateralization”

Major Advisor:  Joseph F. Rychlak, PhD

PhD 1981

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

 

Major: Clinical Psychology

Minors: Quantitative Psychology and Educational Psychology 

Dissertation: "The Cognitive Component of Observational Learning: Affective Assessment and Aggression"

Major Advisor: Joseph F. Rychlak, PhD

Internship 1980-1981

Palo Alto 

Veterans Administration Medical Center

Palo Alto, California

 

Major Rotations:  Family Treatment, Geriatric Center, and

Locked Psychotic Ward

Major Supervisor:  Donald T. Lim, PhD

Awards, Honors

1991

 

  • Outstanding Research Professor, Baylor University

  • Elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association for "Outstanding and Unusual Contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology" (Fellow of Methods, Humanistic, General, and Theoretical Societies)

1992

 

  • Circle of Achievement Award, Baylor University, Outstanding Teaching

1997

  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Psychology, Brigham Young University

1998

  • Award for Distinguished Service to Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

1999-2000

  • President of the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24 of the American Psychological Association

2000

  • Most Outstanding Professor, Brigham Young University, Psi Chi, Student Psychology Honorary

2000-2002

  • Eliza R. Snow Fellow, Grant for research into interface of religion and psychology

2002

  • Karl G. Maesar Award, Outstanding Researcher, Top scholar at Brigham Young University

2004

  • APA Award for Distinguished Service to Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

2004-2006

  • Eliza R. Snow Fellow, Grant for research into interface of religion and psychology

2004

  • Circle of Honor Award, For "Outstanding Honor and Integrity," Student Honor Association, One of two BYU faculty

2005

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, American University in Cairo

2007-2009

  • Eliza R. Snow Fellow, Grant for research into interface of religion and psychology

2008

  • Presidential Citation Award for Contribution to Psychology, American Psychological Association

2009-2012

  • Alumni Professorship Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship, Three-year Research Grant, Brigham Young University

2014-2018

  • Richard L. Evans Chair for Religious Understanding, Four-year Research Grant, Brigham Young University

2016

  • Karl G. Maeser Award, Distinguished Lecturer, The highest award for scholarship and teaching awarded at Brigham Young University

2020

  • Presidential Citation for Contribution to Psychology,  Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology