Howard Slutzky


JWU Faculty Since 2006

Professor Howard Slutzsky

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Howard Slutzky, Psy.D., has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, college counseling, and private practice. He has taught at various institutions since 2003, having been with JWU Charlotte since 2006.

In addition to his courses, he offers numerous health and wellness workshops to students on topics such as relationships, stress reduction, time-management, grief and loss, dream interpretation, fitness and weight loss, and coping with medical issues. He also has a part-time private practice where he conducts disability evaluations for Social Security.

He has a particular interest in the areas of emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and positive psychology, having recently co-authored “The Mindful Librarian,” in which he shares his wisdom and expertise on these topics. He is currently completing his first solo book, “Sessions: Tales from the Therapy Couch,” in which he shares stories of his personal growth and clinical experiences.

As an advocate for animal welfare and the planet, he follows an entirely plant-based diet and hosts multiple campus events and farm sanctuary field trips in an effort to share his knowledge and compassion with JWU students.

He is an avid runner and hiker and promotes student wellness with 5K team events every academic term. Following his personal fitness goals, he completed a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon in May of 2017, and a Disney 10K Run in April of 2019.


  • M.A., PsyD., Clinical Psychology, Argosy University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Maryland

They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Theodore Roosevelt


  • PSYC1001 Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC2002 Abnormal Psycholoby
  • CSLG3040 Counseling Techniques for Addictions & Other Behavioral Disorders
  • CSLG3005 Introduction to Crisis Intervention
  • PSYC4150 Conflict Resolution
  • PSYC4200 Cultural Psychology


  • Slutzky, Howard, et al. "The Mindful Librarian: Connecting the Practice of Mindfulness to Librarianship". Chandos Publishing, 2015.

Q&A with Howard

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

How Did You Get Started?

While on my graduate school therapy practicum, I was invited by a colleague to guest-teach his community college course. After that, I was hooked!

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

Teaching (or rather acting out) the issue of "alien hand syndrome" while on the same day of an impromptu classroom observation by a member of our JWU promotion committee. Incidentally, I was throwing a marker against the wall and giving students the middle finger (the left hand acts independently and out of our conscious awareness with this condition). I still got promoted!

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Show up, ask questions and get involved!

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Arts & Sciences