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Becca Levy, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Psychology; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Becca Levy, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Public Health

    PO Box 208034, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States



Dr. Levy's research explores psychosocial factors that influence older individuals’ cognitive and physical functioning, as well as their longevity. She is credited with creating a field of study that focuses on how positive and negative age stereotypes, which are assimilated from the culture, can have beneficial and adverse effects, respectively, on the health of older individuals.Her studies have been conducted by longitudinal, experimental, and cross-cultural methods.

She has received numerous awards for her research including a Brookdale National Fellowship for Leadership in Aging, the Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America and the Ewald W. Busse Research Award in the Social Behavioral Sciences from the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics that is given once every four years. She is an Associate Editor of the Handbook of Psychology of Aging, a consulting editor for Psychology and Aging, is on the founding editorial board of Stigma and Health, and serves on the editorial boards of GeroPsych and Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science.

Dr. Levy has given invited testimony before the United States Senate on the effects of ageism and contributed to briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court in age-discrimination cases.

She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and held a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Aging and Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Science Foundation, and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Harvard Medical School (1998)
  • PhD
    Harvard University (1995)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Investigator Award for Outstanding Research in Public HealthYale School of Public Health2022
Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement AwardAmerican Psychological Association2019
Richard Kalish Innovative Publication AwardGerontological Society of America2016
Scholar Award for Research Related to Disadvantaged Older AdultsSenior Service America and Gerontological Society of America2014
Ewald W. Busse Research Award for Excellence in Social Behavioral SciencesInternational Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics2013
Donaghue Investigator AwardPatrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation2006
Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Award for Contributions in Behavioral and Social GerontologyBaltes Foundation and Gerontological Society of America2003
Robert Wood Johnson Community Scholar
Anti Ageism Task ForceInternational Longevity Center
Fellowship StatusAmerican Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science & Gerontological Society of America
Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Adult Development and Aging, American Psychological Association
Brookdale National Fellowship for Leadership in Aging
International Mensa Foundation New Investigator Award for Excellence in Research

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