Howard Slutzky — Psychology Today: On Life and Meaning

Howard SlutzkyHoward 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. 

In This Episode
In This Episode


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

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

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

  • Howard recalls his childhood in Potomac, Maryland, his sister Elisa, being diagnosed at the age of seven with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and surviving cancer as a child.

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

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

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

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

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