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Sheri R. Levy, Ph.D.


Columbia University (1998)

Levy

Contact:

sheri.levy@stonybrook.edu
Office: Psychology B-244

Phone: (631) 632-4355

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Professor, Social and Health Psychology
 
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. 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.

*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,  https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/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, https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnx177

 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.

 *Dyar, C., *Lytle, A., London, B., & Levy, S.R. (2015). Application of bisexuality research to the development of a set of guidelines for intervention efforts to reduce binegativity.   Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1(4), 352-362. doi:10.1037/tps0000045

 *Lytle, A., & Levy, S. R. (2015). Reducing heterosexuals’ prejudice toward gay men and lesbian women via an induced cross-orientation friendship.  Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity2(4), 447-455. doi:10.1037/sgd0000135

 *Rosenthal, L., Levy, S.R., **Katser, M., & **Bazile, C. (2015). Polyculturalism and attitudes toward Muslim Americans. Peace and conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 21(4), 535-545.

 

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.

 

Current Research Support:

2016- present National Science Foundation:  Title of Grant: The State University of New York (SUNY) LSAMP: Meeting the grand challenge of preparing students for successful transition into STEM majors and beyond (PI: President Samuel Stanley; Co-PIs: David Ferguson, Shanise Kent, Bonita London, Stacey Nunes; Senior Personnel: Sheri Levy), Awarded $3,999,961

2015-2018    National Science Foundation:  Title of Grant: Fostering (STEM) Identity through the Transition (FIT) to College among Underrepresented Students. (PI: Bonita London, Co-PI: Sheri Levy, Co-PI: David Ferguson, Co-PI Nina Maung-Gaona), Awarded $349,500

2011-2012 National Science Foundation (GSE/RES Research on Gender in Science and Engineering): Title of Grant: Advancing Women in STEM: Building Engagement through Later Academic and Work Transitions: Supplement (PI: Bonita London, Co-PI: Sheri Levy, Co-PI: Marci Lobel), Awarded $23,988

2011-2012 Stony Brook University Presidential Minigrant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives: Title of Grant: Academic and Social Experiences of SBU students across their First Year of College (PI: Sheri Levy, Co-PIs: Richard Gatteau and Elena Polenova), Awarded $1600

2010-2012 National Science Foundation (GSE/RES Research on Gender in Science and Engineering): Title of Grant: Advancing Women in STEM: Building Engagement through Later Academic and Work Transitions (PI: Bonita London, Co-PI: Sheri Levy, Co-PI: Marci Lobel), Awarded $524,369

2010-2011 Survey Research Center, Stony Brook University, Title of Grant: The Health Benefits of Helping Ingroup and Outgroup Members, (PI: Stephanie Brown; Co-PI: Sheri Levy); Awarded $10,000 Seed Grant

2010-2011 Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Division 9 of American Psychological Association, Grants-In-Aid Program, Title of Grant: Origins and Implications of Polyculturalism, (PI: Sheri Levy, Co-PI: Lisa Rosenthal); Awarded $1000

2009-2010 Survey Research Center, Stony Brook University, Title of Grant: Group Ideologies in the United States, PI: Sheri Levy, Co-PI: Lisa Rosenthal Awarded $10,000 Seed Grant

2009-2010 National Science Foundation (GSE/RES Research on Gender in Science and Engineering): Title of Grant: Advancing Women In Science: Building Engagement Through Academic Transitions: Supplement (PI: Bonita London, Co-PI: Sheri Levy, Co-PI: Marci Lobel), Awarded $50,513