Kate Slaney

Professor | Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Areas of interest

History, Quantitative & Theoretical (primary), Developmental

Research Interests

Philosophy of psychological science, analysis and critique of empirical methodologies, study of scientific practices in psychology, history/philosophy of psychological measurement, theoretical and applied psychometrics. 

Selected Publications


Lamiell, J., & Slaney, K. L. (Eds) (2021). Problematic research practices and inertia in scientific psychology: History, sources, and recommended solutions. New York, NY: Routledge.

Slaney, K. L. (2017). Validating psychological constructs: Historical, philosophical, and practical dimensions. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Martin, J., Sugarman, J., & Slaney, K. L. (2015). The Wiley handbook of theoretical and philosophical psychology: Methods, approaches, and new directions for social sciences. Chichester, England: Wiley Blackwell.

Racine, T. P., & Slaney, K. L. (Eds.) (2013). A Wittgensteinian perspective on the use of conceptual analysis in psychology. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Special Issues

Slaney, K. L. & Morrissey, M. (Eds) (2020). Special issue: Possibility for women in psychology and interdisciplinary sciences: Theoreticians, scientists and agents for change in the twenty-first century. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 40.

Clegg, J., & Slaney, K. L. (Eds) (2019). Special Issue: Psychology’s Replication Crisis. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 39.

Journal Articles

Slaney, K. L. (2023). Why Force a Square Peg into a Round Hole? The Ongoing (Pseudo-)Problem of Psychological Measurement (invited commentary). Theory & Psychology, 33, 138-144.

Slaney, K. L., & Tafreshi, D. (2021). Scientific generalization in psychological inquiry: A concept in need of clarification. Qualitative Psychology.

Hohn, R., Slaney, K. L., & Tafreshi, D. (2020). An empirical review of meta-analytic research and reporting practices in psychology. Review of General Psychology, 24, 195-209.

Hohn, R. E., Slaney, K. L., & Tafreshi, D. (2019) Primary study quality in psychological meta-analyses: An empirical assessment of recent practice. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2667. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02667

Trevisan, D.Tafreshi, D., Slaney, K. L., Yager, J., & Iarocci, G. (2018). A psychometric evaluation of the Multidimensional Social Competence Scale (MSCS) for young adults. PLoS ONEhttps://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0206800

Slaney, K. L., Tafreshi, D., & Hohn, R. (2018). Random or fixed? An empirical examination of meta-analysis model choices. Review of General Psychology, 22, 290-304.

Slaney, K. L., & Garcia, D. A. (2015). Constructing psychological objects: The rhetoric of constructs. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 35, 244-259.

Book Chapters

Slaney, K. L. & Wu, C. A. (2022). Metaphors, Idioms, and Clichés: The rhetoric of objectivity in psychological science discourse. In B. Slife, S. Yanchar, & F. Richardson (Eds), Routledge International Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (pp. 453-472). New York, NY: Routledge.

Slaney, K. L. (2021). Is there a waning appetite for critical methodology in mainstream scientific psychology? In J. T. Lamiell & K. L. Slaney (Eds). Problematic research practices and inertia in scientific psychology: History, sources, and recommended solutions (pp. 86-101). New York, NY: Routledge.

Slaney, K. L., Tafreshi, D., & Wu, C. A. (2019). Philosophical reflexivity in psychological science: Do we have it? Does it matter? In K. O’Doherty, L. Osbeck, E. Schraube, & J. Yen (Eds), Psychological studies of science and technology (pp. 237-256). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

*student coauthors underlined


Summer 2024

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.