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
e-mail to: slaterw@bluffton.edu

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.

Amanda Sensenig
Amanda Sensenig, Ph.D
Assistant professor of psychology
Ph.D. - Cognitive psychology, Colorado State University
M.S. - Colorado State University
B.A. - Psychology, Goshen College
e-mail to: senseniga@bluffton.edu
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Amanda received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Goshen College in Ind., and her masters and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

As a cognitive psychologist, Amanda is interested in how we think about the world around us. Her research has a special focus on how students can best learn and remember information. For example, taking a test has been shown to be good not only for assessing what you know, but also for improving your memory for the information you're tested on.

Amanda is also interested in the effect that physical fitness has on the brain and on thought processes, both for younger and older adults. Research has shown that specifically aerobic activity, such as walking, can help protect against normal age-related decline in cognitive functioning.

Amanda lives in Bluffton with her husband, their young daughter and their dog, Oliver. She enjoys traveling, hiking, camping and eating most anything containing sugar.

Deanna
Deanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz, Ph.d
Adjunct professor of psychology
Ph.D. - Clinical psychology, Kent State University
M.A. - Kent State University
B.A. - Psychology, Lycoming College

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 a 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, 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.

Currently, Deanna operates a private practice in Bluffton. Clinical areas of expertise include body image concerns, eating disorders, anxiety, worry and panic. Additional interests include mindfulness-based techniques, stress reduction, working with 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. They both enjoy running and are looking forward to getting two dogs to join them on runs in the near future!