Dr. Patricia Levy has been in the field of social work for over thirty
years. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from Bar Ilan University
in Israel, her Masters in Social Work from the School of Social Work
at the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in Human Services with
a concentration in Social Work and Community Services from Capella
Prof. Levy comes
from an extensive background in multicultural practice with children,
families, and medical social work including front-line, supervisory,
and administrative practice both in Israel and in the United States.
Her skilled expertise with culturally diverse groups has culminated
in a richness of professional experience while working with Native
American, African American, and a wide range of Middle Eastern and
Dr. Levy has
published on gerontological practice in social work, on practice
intervention in war and terrorism, cultural competency, and on rural medical social work.
These have included publications not only in the United States but
also internationally in England, Australia, and Greece. Presentations have been given in the U.S., Japan, Greece, and Israel.
Her areas of
research have culminated in studies of social work curricular preparation
in the event of acts of terrorism, and on topics of spirituality
and cross-cultural health models of intervention. She is very involved
with university and community contexts dealing with gerontology,
disability, and chronic illness.
currently teaches upper level courses on community and organizational
systems in addition to a series of courses on Human Development
in the Social Environment encompassing micro, mezzo, and macro contexts.
She also teaches an online Introduction to Social Work course, and
is offering virtually a cross-listed (undergraduate/graduate level)
class titled Spirituality and Aging: The Empowering Relationship
that focuses on spiritual beliefs and culturally diverse views of healing.
The mother of
two grown sons, both college graduates, Dr. Levy enjoys her family,
loves to cook and read, and has two mutts, Hoss and Lady. She enjoys
the serenity and beauty of Midwest rural life in Kansas.