Psy.D. Program Faculty: Hanna Levenson, Ph.D.

Hanna Levenson, Ph.D.
Half-Time Institute Faculty

B.A. Psychology, Vassar College, 1967
M.A. Psychology, Claremont University, 1969
Ph.D. Psychology, Claremont University, 1972

Dr. Levenson's professional career reflects a 30-year dialectic between intrapsychic and relational perspectives, insight and experiential learning, and clinical practice and scientific inquiry. Originally trained in personality theory and social psychology at Claremont University, she became a tenured Associate Professor at Texas A&M University, where she received commendations for her teaching ability. Realizing her love of psychology extended beyond the classroom, Dr. Levenson obtained the equivalent of a second PhD in clinical psychology, obtaining APA-approved postgraduate training at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, then interning at Langley Porter Institute, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine in 1976.

In addition to being a Professor at the Wright Institute, Dr. Levenson maintains a private practice where she sees individuals and couples, and is a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) supervisor and therapist. For twenty years Dr. Levenson was Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, Director of the Brief Therapy Program at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco, and Director of the Brief Psychotherapy Program at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Dr. Levenson has been specializing in the area of brief psychotherapy as a clinician, teacher, and researcher for over 30 years. She is the author of over 75 professional papers and three books (Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Guide to Clinical Practice, Brief Dynamic and Interpersonal Therapy, and Brief Dynamic Therapy). In her latest book (part of the APA Theories of Psychotherapy Series), Dr. Levenson integrates emotionally-focused, experiential, and interpersonal approaches. Dr. Levenson also has four professional videos illustrating her approach. Her most recent video is a six session therapy-over-time DVD for APA as part of their Expert Therapist Series.

Dr. Levenson is a Fellow of the Psychotherapy Division (29) of the American Psychological Association. She recently received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession Award given by the California Psychological Association.