Dr. Richard Slatcher

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Richard B. Slatcher is the Gail M. Williamson Distinguished Professor in the Behavior and Brain Sciences area of the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from the University of Texas, he completed a two-year NIMH post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology at UCLA. From 2009 to 2019, he was on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University. 

Understanding the effects of peoples' close relationships on their health and well-being from a social psychological perspective is the central focus of Slatcher's research and teaching. His research has two main facets: basic research on close relationship processes--particularly intimacy processes of self-disclosure and partner responsiveness--and investigations of the links among close relationships, biological processes and physical health. An example of this research is the lab's current projects on the impact of people's smartphone use and social media engagement on their ability (or inability) to be responsive in their face-to-face relationships.  

Slatcher is the recipient of the Caryl Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) and the award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology by an Early Career Professional from the Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38).