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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. Sheri Levy will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Research Interests:

Ageism and Intergenerational Relations; Climate Action; Discrimination, Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Stigma; Education and Social Policies about Aging; Human Rights, Global Health, and Disparities; Politics; Beliefs Systems, and Intergroup Relations; Social Support; Role Models and Mentors, 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.  Her collaborative team studies ableism, ageism, heterosexism, racism, and sexism (and their intersections) as well as environmental injustices and human rights in academic, healthcare, workplace, and broader organizational structures. In one line of research on ageism, Levy developed a model 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, gerontology, social work, sociology, and medicine. Her research team has shown that PEACE model interventions promote increased aging knowledge as well as reduce negative stereotyping of and attitudes toward older adults, aging anxiety, and concerns about aging. 

Levy’s team studies different age groups (individuals ages 9 and older) in educational, healthcare, and workplace settings in several countries (Colombia, the Philippines, and the United States) and uses a variety of methodologies including archival data, relatively brief experiments in the laboratory, brief in-person surveys in the local community, nationwide telephone surveys, online surveys, cross-sectional longitudinal studies, and daily and weekly diary studies. Levy’s team examines social, academic, health, and workplace outcomes such as academic engagement and persistence, anxiety, career interests, group identification, interpersonal closeness, prejudice, psychological well-being, stereotyping, and voting preferences. 

Levy is a United Nations Representative for the Non-Government Organization, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9),with a focus on aging, climate action, eliminating racism, gender equality, and human rights. Levy was Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Social Issues. She writes a blog for Psychology Today and created a web-based resource called “Taking Ageism Seriously” (  

Recent Publications:

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

Lytle, A., Monahan, C., & Levy, S.R. (in press). Do Media Portrayals of Super-Agers Reduce or Increase Ageism Toward Older Adults?Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. 

Apriceno, M., & Levy, S.R. (2023). Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses of Effective Programs for Reducing Ageism Toward Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology.  

Levy, S.R., Sternisko, A., Walker, P., Okorodudu, C., Ragin, D.F., Cook, H., Livert, D., Ryan, M., & Mancoll, S. (2022). Following COP 27, as the World’s Nations Enter 2023, SPSSI Urges Tangible Progress to Remedy Climate Injustice.

*Ramírez, L., *Monahan, C., Palacios-Espinosa, X., & Levy, S.R. (2022). Intersections of Ageism toward Older Adults and other Isms during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Social Issues, 78(4), 965-990. 

Levy, S.R., & Gu, D. (2022). Adult Lifespan Development is Largely Missing from the PK-12 Health Standards:A Risk Factor for U.S. Society. The Gerontologist.

Levy, S.R., Migacheva, K., *Ramírez, L., Okorodudu, C., Cook, H., Araujo-Soares, V., Minescu, A., Livert, D., Ragin, D.F., & Walker, P. (2022). A Human Rights Based Approach to the Global Children’s Rights Crisis: A Call to Action. Journal of Social Issues.

Levy, S.R. & *Lytle, A.  & *Macdonald, J.L. (2022).  The Worldwide Ageism Crisis. Journal of Social Issues.

*Lytle, A., Kowal, M., *Macdonald, J., & Levy, S.R. (2022).An Examination of Intergenerational Contact Experiences Using 10,338 Journal Entries from 2414 Young Adults. The Gerontologist, 2(3), 397-403. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnab171.

Lytle, A., & Levy, S.R. (2022). Reducing ageism toward older adults and highlighting older adults as contributors during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Social Issues. article earned a Pre-Registered Research Design badge, available at 

*Lytle, A., *Macdonald, J., & Levy, S.R. (2022).An Experimental Investigation of a Simulated Online Intergenerational Friendship.Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, doi: 10.1080/02701960.2021.2023810

*Lytle, A., *Macdonald, J., *Monahan, C., *Apriceno, M., & Levy, S. R. (2022). Age Stereotypes and Perceived Control of Health Predict COVID-19 Health- and Economy-Focused Beliefs. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships.

*Ramírez, L., Ocampo-Palacio, J.G., Palacios-Espinosa, X., & Levy, S.R. (2022). Views on gender and aging among working men and women in Colombia. Universitas Psychologica, 21,

Levy, S. R., *Lytle, A., *Apriceno, M., *Macdonald, J., & *Monahan, C. (2021). Ageism-Reduction Programs. In Innovative Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Programs Across the World (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. (2018). Toward reducing ageism: PEACE (Positive Education about Aging and Contact Experiences) Model. The Gerontologist.

 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

Edited Books/Monographs/Journal Issues

Levy, S.R., & Lytle, A. (Issue Editors, 2022). Ageism toward Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Social Issues, 78(4). 

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.