Heidi M. Levitt, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Clinical Psychology program within the Department of Psychology at The University of Massachusetts Boston. She is an Associate Editor for the journals Psychotherapy Research and Qualitative Psychology. In addition, she is president-elect of the Society of Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, section of Division 5 of APA (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods). She was awarded the Carmi Harari Research Award for Inquiry by the American Psychological Association’s Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology). Also, she has been awarded APA Fellow status and is Fellow of Division 29 [Psychotherapy], Division 32 [Society of Humanistic Psychology], and Division 44 [Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues].
In addition to her research, Dr. Levitt supervises and teaches students to conduct experiential therapies and is a licensed psychologist. She adopts an integrative approach to psychotherapy practice that is rooted in constructivist and humanistic psychotherapy orientations. Dr. Levitt has conducted consultation, workshops, and presentations in a variety of formats. Please see the sidebar on they website for links to webpages about these activities as well as about her curriculum vita, research interest statement, publications, and a webpage for applicants to the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program.
The following sections summarize her central areas of expertise:
In her most longstanding program of research, Dr. Levitt has studied common factors such as significant moments, emotion, narrative, and silence within psychotherapy. She developed the Pausing Inventory Categorization System, which is a unique process measure in its grounding in qualitative research on clients’ experiences and having evidence of both client-rater and inter-rater reliability, an empirically derived sampling system, and associations with outcome in both efficacy and effectiveness databases. As well, she has developed a line of qualitative psychotherapy research in which she has been strategically forming sets of empirically-based principles that guide therapists through critical issues common across therapy orientations. This work has made accessible clients’ internal experiences to guide therapists through conceptualizing and responding at decisional points within their sessions.