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Becca Levy, PhD

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

Contact Information

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

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.


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; Infectious Diseases; Mental Health; Health Systems Strengthening; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice; COVID-19

Selected Publications