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Sheri R. Levy, Ph.D.

Columbia University (1998)
Office: Psychology B-244

Phone: (631) 632-4355
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Professor, Social and Health Psychology
pronouns: she/her/hers

  Dr. Levy plans to admit a new graduate student pending approval of funding.

Research Interests:

Ageism and aging concerns; Prejudice and Stigma based on Age, Ethnicity, Gender, Race, Sexual Orientation, Socioeconomic Status; Beliefs Systems and Intergroup Relations; Role Models, Social Identity, and Transitions; Student Engagement in STEM Fields.

Current Research:

Dr. Sheri R. Levy and her research team study factors that cause and maintain prejudice, stigmatization, and negative intergroup relations and that can be harnessed to reduce bias, marginalization, and discrimination. Our research focuses on age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and immigration. As the population of older adults increases worldwide and many modern societies become more youth-centered, our research has increasingly focused on ageism, including factors that influence attitudes toward older adults and aging, self-stereotyping among older adults, and ageism reduction. With great concern over the mounting evidence of the adverse effects of ageism on the well-being and health of older adults and society as a whole, Levy developed a model in 2016 for reducing ageism and promoting intergenerational peace called the PEACE (Positive Education about Aging and Contact Experiences) model. This model integrates findings and theorizing from several literatures including psychology, social work, and medicine.  Our research team has shown that PEACE model interventions promote increased aging knowledge as well as reduce negative stereotyping of and attitudes toward adults, aging anxiety, and concerns about aging. 

Our research team also studies the pivotal role of people’s lay (everyday) belief systems on social, academic, and health outcomes relevant to ageism, heterosexism, racism, and sexism. Examples of these beliefs systems are entity and incremental theories of personality, essentialism, Protestant work ethic, polyculturalism, multiculturalism, and colorblindness. Additionally, we study the key roles that role models and mentors play in facilitating positive social, academic, and health outcomes. 

In our research, we consider the potential intersectionality of ageism, heterosexism, racism, and sexism. To obtain a fuller understanding of intergroup processes, our research team studies different age groups in educational and community settings (including children, adolescents, middle-aged and older adults) in several countries (including Colombia, the Philippines, and the United States) and uses a variety of methodologies including relatively brief experimental research in our laboratory, online questionnaire studies, brief surveys in the local community, nationwide telephone surveys and online surveys, cross-sectional longitudinal studies, and daily and weekly diary studies (especially during pivotal transitions, e.g., transition to college). In this research, we examine social, academic, and health outcomes such as stereotyping, prejudice, group identification, diversity orientation, intergroup volunteerism, academic engagement, academic persistence, and psychological well-being. We invite you to look around  our website and check out what we do. 

Recent Publications:

NOTE: Single asterisk (*) refers to past and current graduate student collaborators. Double asterisks (**) refers to past and current undergraduate student collaborators.

Levy, S. R., *Lytle, A., *Apriceno, M., *Macdonald, J., & *Monahan, C. (in press). Ageism-Reduction Programs. Innovative Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Programs (Eds., Alicia Nordstrom and Wind Goodfriend). Routledge.

*Apriceno, M., *Lytle, A., *Monahan, C., *Macdonald, J., & Levy, S. R. (2021). Prioritizing Health Care and Employment Resources During COVID-19: Roles of Benevolent and Hostile Ageism.  The Gerontologist61(1), 98-102. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnaa165. 

*Apriceno, M., Levy, S. R., & London, B. (2020). Mentorship during College Transition Predicts

Academic Self-Efficacy and Belonging among STEM students. Journal of College Student Development, 61, 643-648. doi: 10.1353/csd.2020.0061

*Lytle, A., *Macdonald, J., *Apriceno, M., & Levy, S. R. (2020). Reducing Ageism with Brief Videos about Aging Education, Ageism, and Intergenerational Contact. The Gerontologist. gnaa167,

*Lytle, A., *Macdonald, J., *Apriceno, M., *Monahan, C., & Levy, S. R. (2020). Pre-pandemic Ageism Toward Older Adults Predicts Behavioral Intentions During the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. Published online 2020 Oct 29.  doi:  10.1093/geronb/gbaa210

*Lytle, A., Nowacek, N., & Levy, S. R. (2020). Instapals: Reducing Ageism by Facilitating Intergenerational Contact and Providing Aging Education. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. doi: 10.1080/02701960.2020.1737047

*Macdonald, J., & Levy, S. R. (2020). Education to Address Stereotypes about Older adults and Careers Working With Them. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, Dec 5:1-17. doi: 10.1080/02701960.2020.1854246. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33280539.

*Monahan, C., *Macdonald, J., * Lytle, A., *Apriceno, M., & Levy, S.R. (2020). COVID-19 and ageism: How positive and negative responses impact older adults and society.  American Psychologist, 75(7), 887-896.

Levy, S . R. & *Apriceno, M. (2019). Ageing: The Role of Ageism.  OBM Geriatrics,  3(4), 19.  doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904083 [SL1] 

*Apriceno, M., & Levy, S. R. (2019). Racism and ageism. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging (Editors-in-Chief: Danan Gu and Matthew Dupre ) . Springer.  doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_601-1

*Apriceno, M., *Monahan, C., & Levy, S. R. (2019). Anti-aging movement in the mass media. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging (Editors-in-Chief: Danan Gu and Matthew Dupre ) . Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2

Levy, S. R. & *Apriceno, M. (2019). Reducing ageism. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging (Editors-in-Chief: Danan Gu and Matthew Dupre ) . Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_589-1

Levy, S. R. & *Lytle, A. (2019). Intergenerational programs on anti-ageism. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging (Editors-in-Chief: Danan Gu and Matthew Dupre ) . Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2

Levy, S. R., & *Macdonald, J. (2019). History of ageism. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging (Editors-in-Chief: Danan Gu and Matthew Dupre ) . Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2

Richmond, L., Scott, S., & Levy, S. R. (2019). SuperAgers and ageism. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging (Editors-in-Chief: Danan Gu and Matthew Dupre ) . Springer. doi:  10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_590-1

*Rosenthal, L.,  *Apriceno, M., & Levy, S.R. (2019).  Polyculturalism: Current Evidence, Future Directions, and Implementation Possibilities for Diverse Youth. In Philipp Jugert & Peter F. Titzmann (Eds.),  Youth in Multicultural Studies. New York, NY, US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

*Rosenthal, L.,  *Ramírez, L., Levy, S. R., & Bernardo, A. B. I. (2019). Polyculturalism: Viewing cultures as dynamically connected and its implications for intercultural attitudes in Colombia. Avances en Psicología Latinoamericana, 37, 133-151.

 Bernardo, A., Levy, S. R., & *Lytle, A. (2018). Culturally relevant meanings of the Protestant work ethic and attitudes towards poor persons. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 21, e40, 1-9. doi:10.1017/sjp.2018.48

 Levy, S.R., *Apriceno, M., *Macdonald, J.L., & *Lytle, A. (2018). Ageism. In D.S. Dunn (Ed.),  Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press.

 *Lytle, A., *Dyar, C., *Apriceno, M., & Levy, S.R. (2018). Sexual orientation and gender differences in aging perceptions and concerns among older adults. Innovation in Aging, Volume 2, Issue 3, 1 September 2018, igy036, .

 *Lytle, A., *Macdonald, J., *Dyar, C., & Levy, S.R. (2018). Ageism and Sexism in the 2016 United States Presidential Election. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. doi: 10.1111/asap.12147

 *Moadel-Attie, R., Levy, S.R., London, B., & Al-Rfou, R. (2018). Evolution of Cultural Identity Terms in Lay and Academic Sources: Implications for Research and Public Policy. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. doi: 10.1111/asap.12158

 *Ramírez, L., Palacios-Espinosa, X., *Dyar, C., *Lytle, A., & Levy, S.R. (2018). The Relationships among Aging Stereotypes, Aging Anxiety, Social Support, Religiosity, and Expected Health among Colombians. Journal of Adult Development. Advanced Online Publication. doi:10.1007/s10804-018-9299-8

 *Dyar, C., *Lytle, A., London, B., & Levy, S.R.  (2017). An Experimental Investigation of the Application of Binegative Stereotypes. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.  doi:10.1037/sgd0000234

 Levy, S.R.., *Shin, J.E., *Lytle, A., & *Rosenthal, L. (2017). Systemic approaches to reduce prejudice in schools. In E. C. Lopez, S. G. Nahari, S. L. Proctor (Eds.),  The Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (pp. 237-257). New York, NY, US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

 *Lytle, A., *Dyar, C., Levy, S.R., & London, B. (2017). Contact with Bisexual Individuals Reduces Binegativity among Heterosexuals and Lesbian Women and Gay Men.  European Journal of Social Psychology. doi:   10.1002/ejsp.2241

 *Lytle, A., & Levy, S.R. (2017). Reducing Ageism: Education about Aging and Extended Contact with Older Adults. The Gerontologist. Article first published online: 19 NOV 2017,

 Levy, S.R. (2016). Toward reducing ageism: PEACE (Positive Education about Aging and Contact Experiences) Model. The Gerontologist. Article first published online: 10 AUG 2016, doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw116

 Levy, S. R., *Lytle, A., *Shin, J. E., & *Hughes, J. M. (2016). Understanding and reducing racial and ethnic prejudice among children and adolescents. In T. D. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination (2nd ed.) (pp. 455-483). New York, NY, US: Psychology Press.

 Levy, S.R., & *Macdonald, J.L. (2016). Progress on Understanding Ageism. Journal of Social Issues, 72(1), 5-25. doi: 10.1111/josi.12153

 *Lytle, A., *Dyar, C., Levy, S.R., & London, B. (2016). Essentialist Beliefs: Understanding Contact with and Attitudes toward Lesbian and Gay Individuals.  British Journal of Social Psychology. 11 September 2016, doi: 10.1111/bjso.12154

 *Macdonald, J.L., & Levy, S.R. (2016). Ageism in the Workplace: The Role of Psychosocial Factors in Predicting Job Satisfaction, Commitment, and Engagement. Journal of Social Issues, 72(1), 169-190. doi:10.1111/josi.12161

 *Rosenthal, L., & Levy, S.R. (2016). Endorsement of Polyculturalism Predicts Increased Positive Intergroup Contact and Friendship Across the Beginning of College. Journal of Social Issues, 72, 472-488. doi:10.1111/josi.12177

 *Rosenthal, L., Levy, S.R., London, B., & Lewis, M. (2016). Polyculturalism among Undergraduates at Diverse Universities: Associations through Intergroup Anxiety with Academic and Alcohol Outcomes. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 16 (1), 193-226.

 *Shin, J.E.L., Levy, S. R., & London, B. (2016).  Effects of Role Model Exposure on STEM and Non-STEM Student Engagement. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 46(7), 410-427, doi: 10.1111/jasp.12371

 *Shin, J.E.L., *Rosenthal, L., Levy, S.R., *Lytle, A., London, B., & Lobel, M. (2016).  The Roles of the Protestant Work Ethic and Perceived Identity Compatibility in Graduate Students’ Feelings and Attitudes toward Their Field of Study. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 22(4), 309-327.

Edited Books/Monographs/Journal Issues

 Levy, S.R. (Section Editor, Ageism; 2019). Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging (Editors-in-Chief: Danan Gu and Matthew Dupre ) . Springer.

Levy, S.R., *Macdonald, J.L., & Nelson, T. (Issue Editors, 2016). Ageism: Health and Employment Contexts. Journal of Social Issues, 72(1).

Levy, S.R., & Killen, M. (Editors, 2008). Intergroup Attitudes and Relations in Childhood through Adulthood.  Oxford University Press.

(Honorable Mention for Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Prize competition)

Rutland, A., Abrams, D., & Levy, S.R. (Issue Editors, 2007). Social identity and intergroup attitudes in children and adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Levy, S.R., Chiu, C.Y., & Hong, Y.Y. (Issue Editors, 2006). Lay theories and intergroup relations. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 9.

Hong, Y.Y., Levy, S.R., & Chiu, C.Y.  (Issue Editors, 2001). The role of lay theories in group perception.  Personality and Social Psychology Review, 5.

Aboud, F.E., & Levy, S.R. (Issue Editors, 1999).  Reducing racial prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping: Translating research into programs. Journal of Social Issues, 55.