Heidi M. Levitt, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a member of the clinical psychology program.

My research focuses upon on process of personal change and identity development. I am intrigued by how people develop new understandings of how to live in the world and how these understandings are consolidated into new identities. I have studied these processes through research on: psychotherapy process and outcome; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues; and domestic violence. Current projects include research on the generation of principles for client change at the level of psychotherapeutic process, the role of narrative and silence in psychotherapeutic change, and the construction of gender within LGBTQ cultures and the influence of heterosexism on LGBTQ people and their families. In my research, I utilize both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. My curriculum vita, research interest statement, and publication webpages provide further details about my research.

I teach courses on topics such as psychotherapy intervention strategies, qualitative research methods in psychology, psychotherapy process research, practicum seminar, and the psychology of gender. In addition, I supervise and teach students to conduct experiential therapies and I am a licensed psychologist. I adopt an integrative approach to psychotherapy practice that is rooted in constructivist and humanistic psychotherapy orientations.