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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

Research Interests

  • Project management
  • Organizational behavior
  • Statistics


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


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. Spitulnik earned his BA and EdM from Boston University and his PhD in organizational psychology from Walden University.

Where did you grow up?

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 18.

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 are your research interests?

My research focus evolved as a result of 10 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.

Field of research/teaching

Project management, organizational behavior, and statistics.

What 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.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I have more than 35 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 10 years working in the healthcare industry, including extensive experience managing IT projects and consulting with IT project managers.