Kate Slaney

Associate Chair, Graduate Studies

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

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

Tafreshi, D., Slaney, K. L., & Neufeld, S. D. (2016). Quantification in psychology: Critical analysis of an unreflective Practice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 36, 233-249.

Slaney, K. L. (2016). The multiplicity of validity: a game within a game? (Invited commentary). Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 23, 293-295.

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

Martin, J., Sugarman, J., &  Slaney, K. L. (2015). The Wiley Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology: Methods, Approaches, and New Directions for Social Science. Chichester, England: Wiley Blackwell.

Slaney, K. L. (2015). “I’m Not That Kind of Psychologist”: A Case for Methodological Pragmatism in Theoretical Inquiries into Psychological Science Practices. In J. Martin, J. Sugarman, & K. L Slaney (Eds), The Wiley Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology: Methods, Approaches and New Directions for Social Sciences (pp. 343-358). Chichester, England: Wiley Blackwell.

Slaney K. L. (2014). Psychometrics. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology: Springer reference (pp. 1573-1580). New York: Springer.

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

Slaney, K. L., & Racine, T. P. (2013). What's in a name? Psychology's ever evasive construct. New Ideas in Psychology, 31, 4-12.

Slaney, K. L. (2012). Laying the cornerstone of construct validity theory: Herbert Feigl's influence on early specifications. Theory and Psychology, 22, 290-309.


Summer 2021

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.