David Levy (psychologist)

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David Levy
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OccupationPsychologist, professor, author, stage director, actor

David Levy is an American psychologist, professor, author, stage director, and actor. He is a professor of psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology of Pepperdine University, near Malibu, California.[1] He has co-authored a textbook on cross-cultural psychology and critical thinking, and has appeared on radio and television.


Levy has a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he won a Hugh O'Brian Acting Award.[2][3] He has an MA from Pepperdine University, and a second MA and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.[1]


Levy holds professional licenses both in psychology[4] and in marriage and family therapy.[5]

Media consultant[edit]

Levy has appeared on television[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] and radio programs[14] to provide psychological perspectives on current events, examine issues and trends in the mental health field, and provide sport psychology analyses of the Los Angeles Lakers for the Los Angeles Times.[15][16][17][18]


Levy has written numerous books including Tools of Critical Thinking: Metathoughts for Psychology,[19][20] and Cross-Cultural Psychology: Critical Thinking and Contemporary Applications, which was coauthored with Eric Shiraev.[21]

He is also the author of numerous satirical articles, including "The Emperor’s Postmodern Clothes: A Brief Guide to Deconstructing Academically Fashionable Phrases for the Uninitiated".[22]

Stage director[edit]

Levy co-created and directed the world premiere of Let's Call the Whole Thing Gershwin,[23][24] which marked the first theatrical revue of the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Levy also directed the West Coast premiere of William Gibson’s Golda: A Partial Portrait,[25] starring Liz Sheridan. He assisted Steve Allen in directing Seymour Glick is Alive But Sick[26] (with Bill Maher), a satirical musical revue produced and written by Allen.


Levy had a starring role in the children’s television series Wonderbug,[27][28] for which he received an Emmy nomination[29] in 1977. In 1992 Levy was a guest star on the series Cheers,[30] where he portrayed the leader of Frasier’s “low self-esteem” therapy group. He accrued numerous other professional acting credits, including: The World's Greatest Lover[31] (directed by Gene Wilder), Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women[32], and Little Vic.[33]


  1. ^ a b David Levy. Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University. Accessed July 2019.
  2. ^ Finalists Selected for 12th Annual O’Brian Awards. (1975, July 31). The Hollywood Reporter, p. 2.
  3. ^ The Winners. (1975, October 10). The Los Angeles Times, Part IV, p. 20.
  4. ^ https://search.dca.ca.gov/details/6001/PSY/12978/95377ea189bee12a276562569c3813f0
  5. ^ https://search.dca.ca.gov/details/2001/LMFT/21601/445276e0c5c5ed7a524103b364990791
  6. ^ Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS This Morning). Featured interview on Dr. Laura Schlesinger and radio therapy (broadcast: 8/6/96).
  7. ^ Cable News Network. Featured interview on “The New Millennium” (broadcast: December, 1999).
  8. ^ National Broadcasting Company (Extra). Featured interview on the impact of the Oklahoma City bombing on children (broadcast: 4/26/95).
  9. ^ Consumer News and Business Channel. Featured interview and live national debate on “The Economics of Depression” (broadcast: 12/2/93).
  10. ^ Public Broadcasting Service. Featured interviews in Psychology: The Study of Human Behavior on the topic: “Conformity, Obedience and Dissent” (broadcast: June, 1990).
  11. ^ FOX News Channel (“Stranger than Fiction”). Featured interview on exploring cross-cultural cult behavior (broadcast: March, 2001).
  12. ^ Arts and Entertainment Network (“Biography”). Featured interview on Dr. Laura Schlesinger (2/1/99).
  13. ^ National Geographic Channel (“Undercover History”). Featured interviews on “The Skyjacker That Got Away: The Legend of D.B. Cooper” (broadcast: 7/26/09).
  14. ^ National Public Radio. Featured interview on “The Economy and Mental Health” (broadcast: 4/14/09).
  15. ^ Streeter, K. (2007, October 20). In Clinical Terms, the Lakers are Nuts! The Los Angeles Times, pp. D1, D6.
  16. ^ Streeter, K. (2007, December 30). Lakers Find Way to Play Nice. The Los Angeles Times, p. D7.
  17. ^ Streeter, K. (2008, March 14). Role-Playing Is Working Out For Lakers. The Los Angeles Times, p. D4.
  18. ^ Streeter, K. (2008, June 5). Lakers Need to Play the Better Mind Game. The Los Angeles Times, p. S3.
  19. ^ Levy, D. A. (2003). Tools of critical thinking: Metathoughts for psychology. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
  20. ^ Levy, D. A. (2010). Tools of critical thinking: Metathoughts for psychology (2nd ed.) Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
  21. ^ Shiraev, E. B.; Levy, D. A. (2017). Cross-cultural psychology: Critical thinking and contemporary applications. NY, New York: Routledge. ISBN 9781138668379.
  22. ^ Levy, D. A. (2008, November/December). The emperor’s postmodern clothes: A brief guide to deconstructing academically fashionable phrases for the uninitiated. Skeptical Inquirer, 32(6), 17.
  23. ^ Drake, S. (November 14, 1979). "Gershwin Cavalcade: 'S Wonderful". The Los Angeles Times (Part VI). pp. 1, 16.
  24. ^ Pennington, R. (November 14, 1979). "Stage Review: Let's Call the Whole Thing Gershwin". The Hollywood Reporter. p. 39.
  25. ^ Drake, S. (May 6, 1981). "Renewed Artef in 'Golda'". The Los Angeles Times (Part VI). pp. 1, 4.
  26. ^ Edwards, B. (March 25, 1983). "Problems with Equity Could Close 'Glick'". Variety. pp. 1, 42.
  27. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2002). Crime Fighting Heroes of Television: Over 10,000 Facts from 151 Shows, 1949-2001. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 199.
  28. ^ Erickson, Hal (1998). Sid and Marty Krofft: A Critical Study of Saturday Morning Children's Television 1969-1993. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 239.
  29. ^ The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; 1976-1977 Emmy Awards nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s Programming (notification: 9/11/76).
  30. ^ Season 10, Episode 13: “Don’t Shoot…I’m Only the Psychiatrist” (first broadcast: 1/2/92). Paramount Television (distributed on National Broadcasting Company).
  31. ^ "David Levy". British Film Institute.
  32. ^ "Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women". Golden Globe Awards.
  33. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. Vol. 1 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 613.

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