Professor Specializing in Parenting, Positive Psychology Accused of Beating Wife While Son Was Locked In Dog Crate


An assistant professor at Purdue University has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of violently beating his wife while his 10-year-old son, who was locked in a dog crate, watched on.

John Froiland was arrested on November 10 and charged with “domestic battery, intimidation, criminal confinement, interference with reporting a crime and neglect of a dependent, according to the Tippecanoe County jail logs,” the university newspaper The Exponent reported.

Police responded to an incident earlier that day in which Froiland allegedly became enraged at his wife after she had been gone for several hours, and pushed her against the wall.

With their 10-year-old son locked in a dog crate, he allegedly broke the leg off of a chair and ruthlessly beat his wife’s arms. Police say the woman’s arms were covered in severe bruising when they arrived.

Froiland is also accused of taking his wife’s phone so that she could not phone police, but Fox News notes that they did ultimately respond to the home.

The academic, who teaches clinical psychology at the university and specializes in early childhood education, parental involvement, and “positive emotions,” has since been placed on administrative leave.

According to his faculty bio, Froiland “studies parental autonomy and relatedness support, parent involvement from preschool to high school, teacher-student relationships, intrinsic motivation to learn, student engagement, happiness, and positive psychology interventions.”

“He has developed an intervention that strengthens autonomy supportive parent-child communication, positive emotions toward learning, and intrinsic motivation to learn among elementary school students,” it also says.

A Purdue spokesperson did not immediately reply when The Exponent reached out to ask how long Froiland would be placed on leave.

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