Becca Levy, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychology; Director, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division

Research Interests

Aging; Environment and Public Health; Mental Health; Psychological Phenomena and Processes; Social Sciences; Psychiatry and Psychology

Public Health Interests

Aging

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology: Social & Behavioral Sciences

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.

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Contact Info

Becca Levy, PhD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 408

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034