Donald Levis


Professor of Psychology



Ph.D., Emory University
Post-doctoral fellowship: Clinical Psychology, Lafayette Clinic
Area: Clinical Psychology
Phone: 607-777-4992
Office: Science IV, Room 206

Curriculum vitae (pdf, 162.6kb)

Professional Activities:

Member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; Fellow of the American Psychology Assn. (Div. of Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy); Charter Clinical Fellow of the Behavior Therapy and Research Society; Charter Fellow, American Psychological Society; Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Diplomat (pending)

Research Interests:

Psychopathology, sexual abuse, implosive therapy, psychophysiology

Research Description:

Current focus is centered on resolving a number of critical issues associated with the adult sexually abused survivor literature. Work is being conducted on determining how the brain decodes and releases traumatic memory, on validating the development of a sexual abuse questionnaire, on establishing autonomic response patterns, behavior coding techniques, and determining the influence of suggestion on memory recall.

Philosophy of Graduate Training:

Our laboratory training is designed to produce excellence in both research and clinical skills. All students are trained in a comprehensive learning model of psychopathology (Levis, 1985) and in application of CS exposure treatment techniques (Levis, 1980). Psychophysiology training is offered by Dr. Patricia Rourke (Ph.D., Univ. of Iowa) who runs this section of the laboratory. Considerable contact time is given each student by Dr. Rourke and myself.

Selected Publications:

Levis, D.J. (1980). Implementing the technique of implosive therapy. In A. Goldstein, and E.B. Foa (Eds.), Handbook of Behavioral Interventions: A Clinical Guide. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 92-151.

Levis, D.J. (1985). Implosive theory: A comprehensive extension of conditioning theory of fear/anxiety to psychopathology. In S. Reiss and R.R. Bootzin (Eds.), Theoretical Issues in Behavior Therapy. New York: Academic Press, pp. 49-82.

Smith, J.E. & Levis, D.J. (1991). Maximizing individual autonomic reactivity: A general operating procedure for reselecting the most responsive autonomic channel. Journal of Psychophysiology, 24, 37-47.

Levis, D.J. (1995). Decoding traumatic memory: Implosive theory of psychopathology. In W. O'Donohue and L. Krasner (Eds), Theories in Behavior Therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 173-207.

Levis, D.J. (in press). The traumatic memory debate: A failure in scientific communication and cooperation. Applied and Preventive Psychology, Current Scientific Perspectives.



Last Updated: 2/21/17