Mary Levitt

Mary Levitt
  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology Syracuse University- Syracuse, New York
  • MA General Experimental Psychology University of Toledo- Toledo, Ohio
  • BA Psychology University of Toledo- Toledo, Ohio

Research Interests

Dr. Levitt conducts research on social relations across the life span from a social network perspective. Her specific areas of interest include (a) processes of relationship formation and change, (b) effects of major life transitions on social network relations, and (c) the influence of social networks on personal outcomes, including behavioral adaptations, emotional well being, and school achievement She has conducted research with ethnically diverse populations, representing all phases of the life span, from infancy through old age. She currently directs a major study of social networks and school adaptation in newly immigrant children and adolescents (Project SOL), funded by The Spencer Foundation. Dr. Levitt teaches courses on child development, adulthood and aging, social development, and theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology. She is a recipient of the university's award for excellence in teaching. She also serves on alternating years as Associate Chair of Psychology for the Biscayne Bay Campus.

Select Publications

Levitt, M. J. (Submitted). Social networks. Invited chapter to appear in Lewis, M., & Mayes, L. (Eds.), Developmental environment measurement handbook. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Santos, J. D., & Levitt, M. J. (in press). Restructuring the social convoy following life transitions as observed in the in-law relationship. Journal of Social Issues.

Lane, J. D., & Levitt, M. J. (in revision). Parental support, parent-child conflict and psychological distress in newly immigrant children: The role of the post-migration ecology. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Levitt, M. J., Silver, M. E., & Santos, J. D. (under review). Adolescents in transition to adulthood: Parental support, relationship satisfaction, and post-transition adjustment. Journal of Adult Development.

Levitt, M. J., Lane, J. D., & Levitt, J. L. (2005). Immigration stress, social support, and adjustment in the first post-migration year: An intergenerational analysis. Research in Human Development, 2, 159-177.

Levitt, M. J., Levitt, J. L., Bustos, G. L., Crooks, N. A., Santos, J. D., Telan, P., Hodgetts-Barber, J., & Milevsky, A. (2005). Patterns of social support in middle childhood and adolescence: Implications for adjustment. Social Development, 14, 398-420.

Milevsky, A., & Levitt, M. J. (2005). Sibling support in early adolescence: Buffering and compensation across relationships. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2, 299-320.

Levitt, M. J. (2005). Social relations in childhood and adolescence: The convoy model perspective. Human Development, 48, 28-47.

Milevsky, A. & Levitt, M. J. (2004) Intrinsic and extrinsic religiosity in preadolescence and adolescence: Effect on psychological adjustment Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 7, 307-321.

Levitt, M. J. (July, 2004). Review of Allen, G. & Jones, G. (Eds.) Social relations and the life course. Contemporary Sociology, 33(4).

Levitt, M. J. (2000). Social relations across the life span: In search of unified models. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 51, 71-84.

Levitt, M. J., Levitt, J. L., Bustos, G. L., Crooks, N. A., Santos, J. D., Telan, P., & Silver, M. E. (1999). The social ecology of achievement in pre-adolescents: Social support and school attitudes. Resources in Education (Abstract journal of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education).

Levitt, M. J., Crooks, N., Bustos, G. L., Santos, J., Telan, P., Silver, M. E., Branscum, E., & Levitt, J. L. (1998). The social ecology of well-being in middle childhood. Resources in Education (Abstract journal of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education). FProject SOL

Courses Taught

  • Child Development
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Advanced Lab in Developmental Psychology
  • Social and Personality Development
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Developmental Psychology (Graduate)
  • Life-Span Social Development (Graduate)