Ja’Net Howard, Psy.D., ABPP

Assistant Professor and Director of Externship Training

Dr. Ja’Net Howard is a Board Certified Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. Dr. Howard specializes in working with children, adolescents, families and African American women. She has extensive clinical experience in working with ADHD, depression, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and behavioral disorders, and she is also a Consultant to several school systems, mental health agencies, and colleagues.

Dr. Howard completed her undergraduate work at William Smith College and her graduate work at The University of Massachusetts, Boston campus. She completed her doctoral studies at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University) and her postdoctoral work at the Will County Health Department, where she eventually became a clinical supervisor. While at the Health Department, Dr. Howard supervised Masters, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral-level students, and was often called upon to consult around cases of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, trauma, and treatment resistant clients.

Dr. Howard became Board Certified in Clinical Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in November 2013, and she has also presented on the assessing, diagnosing, and treatment of several childhood disorders. In addition to presenting at APA on an integrative treatment model for psychotherapy, Dr. Howard most recently presented on best practices and evidence-based treatment interventions when working with LGBTQ+ youth at her local psychology community. With regards to publishing, Dr. Howard has several books in press, including working with African American women and improving self-esteem.

With regards to teaching, Dr. Howard has extensive experience with teaching Diversity, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Adult Psychopathology, Objective Personality Assessment, Child and Adolescent Assessment and Therapy, Diagnostic Interviewing, Cognitive Assessment and Integrative Report Writing. She also has experience with case conceptualization skills and treatment planning. In addition to teaching, Dr. Howard also has extensive experience with Clinical Training, and she has been the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) for several PsyD programs, and she has experience with the clinical supervision of students.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Working with African American women in therapy
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Personality Disorders
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
Integrative treatment approaches
Use of psychological assessments in research


Board Certification, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), 2014
Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Delaware)
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy Univ.)
M. Ed, Mental Health Counseling, University of Massachusetts Boston
B.S., Psychology, William Smith College


PSY 704: Psychopathology I
PSY 707: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
PSY 711: Human Diversity
PSY 719: Assessment of Children
PSY 730: Psych Assessment II
PSY 788 and 789: Practicum Seminar II


(Please Note: Former last name was Seward)

Howard, J. (2020). Mental health issues for healthcare providers and essential workers in the front lines. ABPP-The Specialist, Volume 46.

Seward, J. (2008). Approaches for Working with HIV-Positive African American Youth: Clinical and Ethical Considerations for Healthcare Providers. Health Forum Online. www.healthforumonline.com.


(Please Note: former last name was Seward)

Howard, J. (2021) President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Lecture Series: The Evolution of Telehealth in Reducing Barriers. Capella University.

Howard, J. (2021). Humble Leadership Roundtable Discussion. Capella University.

Seward, J., Tariq, S., Boer, A. & Pilot, N. Social media and cyberbullying: Finding effective ways of helping adolescents manage conflict in relationships. The DuPage Countywide Counselor Institute Day. Glen Ellyn, IL. February 28, 2014.

Seward, J (November, 2012). Diagnosing Depression. 65th Annual Ward E. Perrin Clinical Refresher Course. Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Fall Conference. Downers Grove, IL.

Seward, J. (February, 2012). Guiding the Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clinical and Cultural Implications, Diagnoses, and Interventions. Midwestern University.

Martyn-Nemeth, P. & Seward, J. (November 2011). Stress and Eating for Comfort: The physiological and psychological aspects of eating comfort foods. Lewis University.

Seward, J. (April, 2011). Black Families and Therapy: The Myths Continue to Exist. Lewis University.

Seward, J. (September, 2011). Autism Spectrum Disorders: Current Research and Cultural Implications. Lewis University.

Seward, J. (February, 2010). Interventions for At-Risk Youth. Lewis University.

Seward, J. (April, 2010). Personality Disorders and Reality Television. Lewis University

Seward, J. (October, 2009). Mandated Reporting for Healthcare Professionals. Will County Health Department.


Association for Black Psychologists
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
Society of Behavioral Medicine
American Psychological Association