Physician Profile:


Robert M. Slayden, M.D.



A senior and founding partner of Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic, P.C., Dr. Slayden received his undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Chemistry, from the University of Miami. He was awarded his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee. After receiving his M.D, Dr. Slayden trained as a medicine/pediatric intern at Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami) spending a portion of his internship in pediatric neurology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, England. Following his internship, Dr. Slayden completed the first two years of his psychiatric residency at Tulane University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his adult psychiatric residency concurrent with his child psychiatry fellowship as well as a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. While in his fellowship, Dr. Slayden was trained by several of the pioneer family psychiatrists and therapists in the country including Salvador Minuchin, M.D., Jay Haley, Bralio Montalvo, Milton H. Erikson, M.D., Chloe Madanes, Ph.D. and others. Dr. Slayden came to Atlanta courtesy of the U.S. Army and served as Chief of Neuropsychiatry in the U.S. Army Hospital, Ft. McPherson, Georgia. He achieved the rank of Major during his military tour of duty.

Dr. Slayden, along with Dr. Waugh, founded the Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic in 1977 with the mission of providing multidisciplinary psychiatric and psychotherapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults and their families. Dr's. Slayden and Waugh vision was to develop a private child, adolescent, adult and family oriented full service private psychiatric clinic for those who need an ongoing therapeutic relationship with their care provider.

In clinical practice, Dr. Slayden specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with many conditions, including ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Compulsive Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania), Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Conflicts, Learning Disabilities, Marital Problems, Mood Regulation Disorders (Bipolar and other related conditions), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Psychosomatic Disorders, School Problems, Substance Abuse Disorders, Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome. He is a very experienced and fully trained in psychotherapy (therapy/counseling) techniques including individual (child, adolescent, adult), family and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. He utilizes a multimodal approach in treating patients including judicious use of psychopharmacology (medication) treatments when indicated. Dr. Slayden has stayed close to his identity and training as a physician , adding to his understanding of the mind/body interface in treating complex presenting problems with a psychobiosocial conceptualization. He and all our practitioners serves their patients by remaining available on call for urgent matters virtually 24/7/365, even when on vacation. Dr Slayden remains available to communicate with his patients directly, supported  by a wonderful office staff to assist patients in any needs they may have.

Dr. Slayden has special expertise in forensic (legal) psychiatry with children and adolescents. His forensic experience includes child custody evaluations and testimony, evaluation of juvenile offenders and special education law evaluations as well as court testimony regarding these situations.

Dr. Slayden is member of the American Psychiatric Association which recently awarded him Life Membership status. Dr. Slayden is also a member of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Georgia Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Slayden served as an attending psychiatrist at Northside Hospital from 1976 until the hospital's psychiatric unit closed and remained on staff there for many years afterward as a consulting physician. He has been a staff member of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite hospital since 1978 where he has held several positions including being a long standing Psychiatry Section Chief.  He has also served on the Quality Assurance Committee, and Continuing Medical Education Committee which for over 10 years developed the annual Pediatric Postgraduate Education course, a popular educational program for physicians from all over the country in maintaining their medical proficiency. AAFPC under the guidance of Drs. Slayden and Waugh founded and staffed the Medical Behavioral Unit at Scottish Rite that treated medically complex children and adolescents with paychiatric/emotional problems that affected their underlying disease state. Dr. Slayden is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry faculty member at the Emory University Department of Psychiatry. He is the past president of the Georgia Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, past president of the Georgia Association of Psychiatric Administrators and Georgia Council of Psychiatry and the Law.

Dr. Slayden was named as a "Top Doc" by Atlanta Magazine and is also listed in "America's Top Physicians" guide. On March 18, 2013 Dr. Slayden received the following recognition by Patient's Choice: "Dear Dr. Slayden: Congratulations! You have been recognized as one of America's Most Compassionate Doctors."awarded selection in national "Top Doctors" by Consumers Checkbook and also listed in "US News & World Report" doctors awards.

Recently Dr. Slayden & Dr. Neely established the capability to provide video-psychiatry (a form of tele-medicine) for established patients such as students away at boarding schools, college students or individuals on extended travel (for example a student on a year long volunteer placement in Chile.)

Serving the community as a life-time board member of Mill Springs Academy, a private non-profit special education school, is a significant part of Dr. Slayden’ s professional life. He continues to serves as board member and Mill Springs’ program consultant, admissions committee and has been a contributor to all of Mill Springs' fund raising campaigns. He is one of the founders of this unique program (1981) when he and Tweetie Moore founded Mill Springs and were the architects of its community/levels system.

Dr. Slayden also serves as a consulting psychiatric evaluator for several metro Atlanta county school systems, providing independent evaluations and reports for many children in these systems.

Dr. Slayden and his wife, Beryle, were married while in undergraduate school. Their son, Scott Slayden, M.D., is a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist with Reproductive Biology Associates here in Atlanta. Dr. Slayden’ s daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Slayden, M.D., also practices child, adolescent and adult psychiatry at Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic.

In his leisure time Dr. Slayden enjoys spending time with his family and three grandchildren. He is often found immersed in one of his many hands on activities including several personal architectural and landscape projects or working with mechanical things from his classic automobiles to his Chris Craft boat. He performs most of his own work in maintaining them and keeping them operational.




Dr. Robert Slayden's office
Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic, P.C.
7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Building 16 Suite 100 ~ Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Telephone (770) 393-1880 ~ Facsimile (770) 393-1885
©  R. Slayden, M.D.
Dr. Slayden's office
Atlanta Area Family Psychiatry Clinic, P.C.
Psychiatric and psychotherapeutic care for adults, children, adolescents and families
since 1977