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Dr. Deborah L. Levy

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Director, Psychology Research Lab...

Phone: (617) ***-****  
Email: d***@***.edu
Local Address:  Belmont , Massachusetts , United States
Harvard Medical School
180 Longwood Avenue
Boston , Massachusetts 02115
United States

Company Description: Harvard Medical School has more than 7,500 full-time faculty working in 11 academic departments located at the School's Boston campus or in one of 47 hospital-based...   more

Employment History

  • Hospitalist
    Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Professor of Psychology In the Department of Psychiatry
    Harvard Medical School
  • Lab Director
    McLean Hospital
  • Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory
    McLean Hospital
  • Business and Life Coach and the Founder
    Coaching Is Good
  • Business and Life Coach
    Coaching Is Good
  • Lecturer - Positive Psychology Theory and Applications
    Tufts University - Experimental College

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D. degree
    University of Chicago
  • B.A. degree
    University of Chicago
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That is why Deborah L. Levy, ..., 14 June 2008 [cached]
That is why Deborah L. Levy, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Psychology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital, is studying families to detect relatives who are carriers of the genes for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, even though these individuals don't have the diseases themselves."One of the key issues in any genetic study is to distinguish individuals who are gene carriers from individuals who are not gene carriers," explained Dr. Levy.In single gene disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and Huntington's disease, 25 percent and 50 percent of family members, respectively, have the same illness.In contrast, only 6.5 percent of family members of people with schizophrenia actually have the illness, which means most relatives don't have symptoms of the illness but may still be gene carriers.To find the relatives who are likely carriers of genes for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Dr. Levy and her colleagues have zeroed in on four discernable schizophrenia-related traits that occur in well family members at a much higher rate than schizophrenia itself: difficulty following a slow moving target with one's eyes, syntax errors or idiosyncratic use of language, subtle anomalies involving the midline of the face , and difficulty filtering out noises and other irrelevant stimuli (a condition known as sensory gating).These traits, according to Dr. Levy, are much more common in families with schizophrenia.For example, idiosyncratic use of language (a trait similar to the thought disorder observed in schizophrenia) occurs in 37 percent of clinically unaffected first-degree relatives of individuals with schizophrenia, a rate that is almost six times higher than schizophrenia in the same families.When the rates for thought disorder and schizophrenia and related clinical conditions are combined, the proportion of potential gene-carrying relatives is close to 50 percent, consistent with a dominant gene, and much higher than the 6.5 percent rate of schizophrenia in the same families."With diseases like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, identifying the genes is just the starting point," noted Dr. Levy.
Society for Research in Psychopathology, 17 Mar 2015 [cached]
Deborah Levy (2000-2004)
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Deb Levy
Deb Levy has been leading training sessions on gay and lesbian issues and homophobia in sports for the last 15 years. She is currently a violence prevention specialist and the advisor for the gay straight alliance at Brookline High School and a teaching fellow in the Psychology Department at Harvard University, teaching human sexuality to undergraduates. As a former high school and college basketball player, Deb understands the impact and dynamics of homophobia in sports and has facilitated workshops with high school and college students and coaches. She worked closely with Corey Johnson, an openly gay high school football captain, and his coaches. She recently presented a workshop on homophobia in sports at the 2003 NCAA volleyball coaches' conference in December. Deb lives in Cambridge, with her athletic six-year-old daughter, Aliya.
Deborah L Levy Associate ..., 22 Mar 2014 [cached]
Deborah L Levy Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School
Biographical Statement: Dr. Deborah L. Levy received a B.A. degree in 1972 and a Ph.D. degree in 1976 from the University of Chicago. She completed a clinical internship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (Westchester Division) and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at The Menninger Foundation in Topeka KS. She is currently Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her primary professional activity is directing a research program on the pathophysiology and genetic bases of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. One aim of her research program is to improve the correct identification of these non-penetrant gene carriers. A second major focus of her work explores novel mechanisms of genetic mutation.
About - Positive Psychology at Tufts, 3 Dec 2012 [cached]
In 2006, it became the university's most popular class with 855 students enrolled.  Our positive psychology class at Tufts University's Experimental College is taught by Deb Levy, who was the head teaching fellow for Tal's class at Harvard. She is a business and life coach, and the founder of Coaching Is Good. 
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