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John Houtz



Psychological and Educational Services

113 West 60th Street
Room 1008I

John Houtz is Bene Merenti Professor of Educational Psychology in the Graduate School of Education of Fordham University, New York City. He earned his doctorate at Purdue University in 1973 under the direction of the late John Feldhusen, with Donald Treffinger among his committee members.

Dr. Houtz is also Research Fellow for the Center for Creative Learning, Inc.; is a New York State licensed psychologist; and served two terms each as department chair and associate dean in the GSE. He has taught and written extensively on creativity and problem solving, research methods, measurement, and statistics, and mentored more than three dozen doctoral candidates as well as undergraduate and masters research projects in his 42-year career at Fordham.

My research over the past few years has focused on the construct of problem solving styles (the ways people perceive and process information). It has been clear for quite some time that traditional educational methods favor some styles over others, and that individuals with "less favored" styles do not have the same opportunities. Instruction and training based on problem solving styles holds promise for expanding the creative problem solving skills of all learners.