Becca Levy, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Professor of Epidemiology (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Psychology

Departments & Organizations

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

Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

Office of Student Research

Psychology Section

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Levy's research explores psychosocial factors that influence elders’ 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 a Brookdale National Fellowship for Leadership in Aging, the Margret M. Baltes Early Career Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology from the Gerontological Society of America, the Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Adult Development and Aging from the American Psychological Association, and the Ewald W. Busse Research Award in the Social Behavioral Sciences from the International Association of Gerontology 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

PhD Harvard University (1995)
Postdoctoral Fellow Harvard Medical School

Honors & Recognition

  • Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Adult Development and Aging, American Psychological Association

  • Margret M. Baltes Award for Early Career Contributions in Behavioral and Social Gerontology, Gerontological Society of America

  • Brookdale National Fellowship for Leadership in Aging

  • International Mensa Foundation New Investigator Award for Excellence in Research

  • Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation Investigator Award

  • Robert Wood Johnson Community Scholar

  • Anti Ageism Task ForceInternational Longevity Center

  • Fellowship StatusAmerican Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science & Gerontological Society of America

  • Ewald W. Busse Research Award for Excellence in Social Behavioral Sciences, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics

  • Scholar Award for Research Related to Disadvantaged Older Adults, Gerontological Society of America and Senior Service America.

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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
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Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034