Brent Slife, Professor

Department: Psychology

Vita

Email: brent_slife@byu.edu

Office: 1072 SWKT

Phone: 801-422-3657

Website

Bio

Dr. Slife is the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding and Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University. He has been honored recently with BYU’s highest faculty award, the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Lecturer, as well as the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for his contribution to psychology. He has also served as the President of the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the APA Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and the editor of the Routledge book series in theoretical and philosophical psychology. He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles and 10 books, and continues his psychotherapy practice of over 30 years where he specializes in marital and family therapies.

Education

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University, 1981
  • MS in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University, 1977
  • BA in Psychology from William Jewell College, 1976

Research Interests

I am both a clinical and theoretical psychologist. My interests encompass the theoretical underpinnings of psychotherapy and scientific methodology, and my current research involves two basic elements. The first element asks the somewhat novel question, at least in psychology: what if God truly mattered in the theory, research, and practice of psychology? The second element is the exploration of a relational ontology for psychotherapy and psychology in general. This second interest also entails theory, research, and practice on a new way of thinking about human nature as well as the good life, both vital topics in psychotherapy.

Awards

  • Fellow of APA Division 5, Quantitative and Qualitative Psychology from American Psychological Association,
  • Karl G. Maeser, Distinguished Lecturer from Brigham Young University,
  • Richard L Evans Chair of Religious Understanding from Brigham Young University,
  • Alumni Professorship Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship from Brigham Young University, 2012
  • Eliza R. Snow Fellowship from Brigham Young University, 2009
  • Presidential Citation Award for Contribution to Psychology from American Psychological Association, 2008
  • APA Best Seller - Critical Thinking About Psychology from American Psychological Association Books, 2008
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor from American University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, 2006
  • Circle of Honor Award from Student Honor Association, BYU, 2005
  • William James Book Award Nomination from Society of General Psychology, 2005
  • APA Award for Distinguished Service to Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology from American Psychological Association, 2004
  • Karl G. Maesar Award from Brigham Young University, 2002
  • Eliza R. Snow Fellowship from Brigham Young University, 2002
  • Most Outstanding Professor from Psi Chi, 2001
  • President from Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Evaluation, Measurement & Statistics