I’m Michael Zvolensky, Professor of Psychology, and This is How I Work


I am a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Houston and Director of the Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory and Substance Use Treatment Clinic. I also hold an appointment at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Location: Houston.
Current Gig: Professor of Psychology.
One word/phrase that best describes your work: Consistent.
Current computer: Dell PC.
Current mobile phone: iPhone 6.

What apps/tools/software you can’t live without?

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
To address/attend to requests/emails the same day I receive them and provide 24 hour turnaround on papers/projects.

What’s your workspace set up like?
A simple desk, office with windows, yoga mat, treadmill, and exercise bike (trainer)

How do you keep track of things you need to do (any to-do-list apps)?
I am old school, I guess, and use a paper/pencil log book. One page for my to do list for the day of the week.

Besides your phone or computer, what gadget can’t you live without, and why?
None really. I do not rely on gadgets much at all. In fact, I try not to use them.

What everyday thing can you do better than most people? What’s your secret?
I am not sure I can do anything much better than most people, but I do plan out my goals/agenda for the day/week/year and am consistent in my effort every day to execute my plan.

What do you listen to while you work?
Grateful dead. The rest a mix of Neil Young, Jazz, Blue grass, Phish, and related types of music/bands.

What are you currently reading?
Going Long by Friel & Byrn; and Anti-cancer by Servan-Schreiber

How do you recharge?
Family and exercise and travel (when I can)

What’s your sleep routine like?
I tend to go to sleep early – 10:00 ish and am up early

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Keep life simple and do the things you value every day


Michael Zvolensky

Website: www.uh.edu/ahrl-sutc


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