Kenneth N. Levy Ph.D.

Kenneth N. Levy Ph.D.

Associate Director of Clinical Training
Professor of Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Levy


Dr. Levy is a professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the Graduate School and the Psychology Department at The Pennsylvania State University, where he is the Director of the Laboratory for Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Levy is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University and is an attending psychologist at both the Payne Whitney Clinic and Westchester Campus of The New York-Presbyterian Hospital, as well as a Faculty Fellow at the Cornell Personality Disorders Institute (PDI). Dr. Levy serves on the PDI executive committee, coordinates the research on attachment, and is a Senior Investigator on a Center grant from the Borderline Personality Research Foundation. He is also a member of the Rapaport-Klein Study Group at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

Dr. Levy is currently the principal investigator on a NIMH funded grant, as well as a number of private foundation and internal University grants investigating attachment organization and psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder. Dr. Levy's work has lead to his selection as an Early Career Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association and his nomination for outstanding early career contributions in the field of personality assessment from the Society of Personality Assessment as well as research awards from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the New York State and Connecticut Psychological Associations, and Cornell Medical College and the City University of New York.

Dr. Levy has authored more than 90 scientific articles and chapters in developmental psychopathology and he has published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, American Journal of Psychiatry, and Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, among other journals. His research has also been featured in several public media outlets, including Newsweek and Scientific American.

Dr. Levy also maintains a part-time private practice where he works with child, adolescent, and adult patients across a wide range of psychopathology in psychodynamically-oriented individual and group modalities. He also works with parents in both individual and conjoint psychotherapy and has specific training working with adults with borderline personality disorder.

** I am planning to accept a graduate student for the Fall of 2024.  The deadline for applications for the Penn State graduate program in Clinical Psychology is December 1, 2023. Admission to the Clinical Psychology program requires an application to the Graduate School.  If you are planning on applying to work with me, please contact me by email at with "Prospective Graduate Student" in the subject line prior to submitting your application. **