Slattery is affiliated with the Artificial Heart and Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Laboratories in the bioengineering department. She contributes to studies designed to better understand blood damage, in particular hemolysis, and thrombogenicity of cardiovascular devices. Other ongoing projects she has undertaken include the development of more sensitive in vitro techniques for determining thrombogenicity of cardiovascular prosthetics and correlating clinical thrombosis markers for more accurate detection and prediction of thromboembolic events in patients.
In addition to research activities, Slattery teaches the First-Year Seminars in Bioengineering as well as bio-thermodynamics and transport phenomena. As undergraduate program coordinator, she is interested in development of new course materials to improve student learning and educational assessment. Outside of bioengineering, Slattery is active in promoting, supporting and participating in Women in Engineering Programs. She is also a faculty adviser for the Society of Women Engineers student group.