Christopher Slaten, Ph.D.
Faculty Affiliate

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Edu­ca­tion­al, School & Coun­sel­ing Psychology


Phone: 573–882-9873

16A Hill Hall, Colum­bia MO

Chris Slat­en serves as Depart­ment Chair and Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion­al, School, and Coun­sel­ing Psy­chol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­souri-Colum­bia. Dr. Slat­en research­es the issue of aca­d­e­m­ic belong­ing and how it impacts career and aca­d­e­m­ic out­comes for mar­gin­al­ized youth and col­lege stu­dents. This has led to work pre­dom­i­nate­ly in alter­na­tive high schools, schools with large pop­u­la­tion of stu­dents liv­ing in pover­ty, and research on first-gen­er­a­tion col­lege stu­dents. Dr. Slaten’s pas­sion for this line of research has pro­duced 21 peer-reviewed pub­li­ca­tions,  nation­al pre­sen­ta­tions, nation­al press recog­ni­tion (Wall Street Jour­nal), and sev­er­al invit­ed lec­tures. Fur­ther, Dr. Slaten’s schol­ar­ly work has led to addi­tion­al pub­li­ca­tions focus­ing large­ly on advo­cat­ing for school coun­selors to con­duct more men­tal health ser­vices in K‑12 set­tings, specif­i­cal­ly relat­ed to coun­sel­ing inter­ven­tions that have a strong empha­sis on mar­gin­al­ized youth and social jus­tice initiatives. 


  • Aca­d­e­m­ic Belong­ing (K‑12; High­er Ed)
  • Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty and Inclu­sion for Mar­gin­al­ized Youth, 
  • Men­tal Health Ser­vices Advo­ca­cy in K‑12 Schools
  • School Coun­sel­ing Training.

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