Becca Levy, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Psychology

Research Interests

Aging; Environment and Public Health; Mental Health; Psychological Phenomena; Social Change; Social Justice; Social Sciences; Psychiatry and Psychology; Health Equity

Public Health Interests

Aging; Behavioral Health; Community Health; Global Health; Mental Health; Health Systems Strengthening; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determiants and Justice

Research Organizations

Psychology Section

School of Public Health: Social & Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychology

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Professor Levy's research explores psychosocial influences on aging. Her studies focus on how psychological factors, particularly older individuals' perceptions of aging, affect cognition and health in old age. She studies this by examining: 1) how psychosocial factors influence recovery and survival in old age; 2) how the aging process differs in cultures that hold diverse views of aging; and 3) how interventions, designed to trigger either positive or negative age stereotypes, influences a variety of outcomes in older individuals including memory, physical performance and cardiovascular response to stress.

Extensive Research Description

  • Psychosocial Determinants of Longevity
  • Psychosocial Factors that Contribute to Elders’ Successful Cognitive and Physical Functioning
  • Mechanisms by which Age Stereotypes Influence Older Individuals Health
  • Interventions to Improve Aging Health.

Selected Publications

Full List of PubMed Publications

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Contact Info

Becca Levy, PhD
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste 408
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034