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Jay Spitulnik

Associate Teaching Professor

Director of Health Informatics Graduate Program

Jay Spitulnik


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
302G West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Jay Spitulnik, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Jay Spitulnik is an associate director at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He brings a wealth of experience from corporate learning and the healthcare industry to Khoury College. Jay earned his BA and EdM from Boston University and PhD in Organizational Psychology from Walden University.


  • PhD in Organizational Psychology, Walden University
  • EdM in Educational Media and Technology, Boston University
  • BA in Philosophy, Boston University


Northborough, MA

Field of research/teaching

Project Management, organizational behavior, statistics

What are the specifics of your educational background?

At Boston University, I earned my BA in Philosophy and my EdM in Educational Media and Technology with a focus on instructional design and adult learning. I earned my PhD in Organizational Psychology from Walden University, with my dissertation entitled “Physician Collaboration and Improving Health Care Team Patient Safety Culture: A Quantitative Approach.”

What is your research focus in more detail? Is your current research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved?

My research focus evolved as a result of ten years of organization development and project management experience in the healthcare industry. I discovered that a great deal of attention was given to how the physician-nurse relationship affected patient outcomes and the patient experience, but there was very little research concerning physician relationships with other members of the care team.

What courses/subjects do you teach?

  • Project Management
  • Statistics for Health Science
  • Health Informatics Capstone Project
  • American Healthcare System (undergraduate)

What do you find most rewarding about what you teach?

I enjoy the “ah-ha” moments when students begin to realize the impact that their learning can have on their working life.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up in Hornell, New York, a small town in the Finger Lakes/Southern Tier region of New York. I lived there until I left for college at eighteen.

Where did you study? Any reason in particular behind your choice?

My first two degrees were from Boston University. I went to BU because I wanted to be in Boston.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I have more than thirty-five years of experience in the field of individual and organizational learning in the corporate world. I have been an individual contributor, a manager, and both an internal and external consultant. The work that led me to Northeastern was more than ten years working in the healthcare industry, including extensive experience managing IT projects and consulting with IT project managers.