Psychology Today


Howard Slutzky is a professor of psychology at Johnson & Wales University. He has a particular interest in the areas of emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and mindfulness. Howard offers numerous health and wellness workshops on topics such as relationships, stress reduction, time-management, grief and loss, dream interpretation, and coping with medical issues. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, college counseling, and private practice. He also has a part-time private practice where he conducts disability evaluations for Social Security. Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a doctorate of psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology with a focus on general adult psychology.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in teaching psychology, interpreting dreams, surviving leukemia, overcoming personal trauma, and living authentically.  


  • Howard describes a favorite lesson on alien hand syndrome he teaches in his Introduction to Psychology course.

  • He answers why psychology classes are so popular on college campuses.

  • He tells a story about a student seeking enlightenment.

  • He talks about different workshops on mental health and wellness he leads and how he goes about interpreting dreams.

  • Howard shares who he is in the classroom and what he wants his students to learn.

  • He recalls his childhood in Potomac, Maryland, and his sister Elisa.

  • He describes being diagnosed at the age of seven with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and surviving cancer as a child.

  • Howard recites a poem he wrote in graduate school called ‘Fallen Angel’ about isolation and pretending.

  • He shares how he found his way to teaching and what he loves about it.

  • He talks about discovering that his sister Elisa had been killed and managing the events that followed.

  • He addresses going to work the day after his sister died.

  • Howard answers where he is now emotionally, what has helped him manage his grief, and what he says to people experiencing tragedy and loss.

  • He explains why the life and welfare of animals is so important to him.

  • He shares what he knows today that he didn’t know before about overcoming trauma.

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  • How do you manage tragedy and loss?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.