Psychology faculty

Will SlaterWilliam E Slater, Ph.D.
Associate professor of psychology
Ph.D. - Educational psychology/research, The University of Alabama
M.Div., United Theological Seminary
B.S. - Social psychology, Rio Grande College
Phone: 419-358-3288

Will  received his bachelor of science degree in social psychology from Rio Grande College in Ohio, a masters of divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and Ph.D. in educational psychology/research from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Will is an ordained United Methodist Minister (full elder, West Ohio Conference) and has served as a hospital chaplain.

As a psychologist, Will has long been interested in ways to alleviate human suffering. His interests combine psychological, spiritual and religious approaches to helping people manage stress and increase happiness. Will's research has focused on the measurement of spiritual maturity and in recent years his attention has turned to research related to mindful awareness practices and acquiring the skill and training to effectively teach them.

Will has received training to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed at University of Massachusetts Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD. He works with the Ohio Mindfulness Project to regularly teach MBSR classes. Research has shown that MBSR, can reduce stress and anxiety, strengthen one's immune system and increase happiness by actually changing the structure of the brain in ways that improve physiological well-being, mental well-being and relational well-being.

Will lives near Kenton, Ohio, with his son. He regularly practices mindfulness meditation and yoga. He enjoys bicycle riding, reading and eating in a variety of restaurants.

Deanna Barthlow-PotkanowiczDeanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz, Ph.d
Assistant professor of psychology
Ph.D. - Clinical psychology, Kent State University
M.A. - Kent State University
B.A. - Psychology, Lycoming College
Phone: 419-358-3291

Deanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and Indiana. She earned her bachelors in psychology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. She went on to earn an masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the Counseling & Testing Center at the University of Oregon.

In graduate school, Deanna’s research focused on personality assessment and test construction, specifically the MMPI-2. After completing her doctorate, she worked for a consulting firm, conducting psychological evaluations for the public safety community. Deanna has also worked in university counseling settings. Prior to moving to the area in 2011, she was a staff psychologist and Eating Disorders Treatment Team Coordinator at Ohio University.

Clinical areas of expertise include body image concerns, eating disorders, depression, relationship issues, anxiety, worry and panic. Additional interests include managing stress, navigating life-transitions, gender roles, working with emerging adults and first-generation college students, and the supervision of psychologists-in-training.

Deanna lives in Ada with her husband, who is a professor of exercise physiology at Ohio Northern University.