Ian Levy

Graduate Director of Counseling & Therapy-Graduate, Graduate Director of School Counseling

Associate Professor, Counseling and Therapy

Ian Levy is a New York City native, former high school counselor, and Director of the School Counseling programs at Manhattan College. Dr. Levy worked as a school counselor in NYC for 5 years, specifically in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Levy's research examines hip hop based practices in schools as a culturally responsive approach to counseling wherein students process difficult thoughts and feelings through the writing, recording, and performing of emotionally themed music.

Courses Taught

  • EDUG 725: Abroad: London: Practic In Grp
  • EDUG 725: Group Counseling
  • EDUG 727: Organization and Administration of the Guidance Program
  • EDUG 821: Internship in School Counseling I
  • EDUG 827: Internship in School Counseling II
  • EDUG 850: Abroad: London:Prac Cnsr Gp Pr
  • EDUG 913: Hip-Hop & School Counseling Praxis
  • Research
    Currently Dr. Levy's research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of a hip hop-based counseling framework in urban schools. He is currently engaged in additional research which examines the effectiveness of pedagogical frameworks in creating emotional outlets for students in classroom spaces. Ultimately his research addresses the multifaceted roles of the school counselor as not only a direct provider of counseling services, but an advocate for systems change and a collaborator.
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    Levy, I. Hip Hop and Spoken Word Therapy in School Counseling: Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches. Routledge, New York. https://www.routledge.com/Hip-Hop-and-Spoken-Word-Therapy-in-School-Counseling-Developing-Culturally/Levy/p/book/9780367903428

    Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

    Levy, I. & Lemberger-Truelove, M.E. (2021). Educator-Counselor: A Non-Dual Identity for Professional School Counselors. Professional School Counseling.

    Levy, I., & Lemberger-Truelove, M. E. (2021). Supporting Practicing School Counselor’s Skill Development: A Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Professional Development Intervention. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision. 14(1). https://repository.wcsu.edu/jcps/vol14/iss1/7

    Adjapong, E.S., & Levy, I. (2021). Hip-Hop Can Heal: Addressing Mental Health through Hip-Hop in the Classroom. The New Educator. https://doi.org/10.1080/1547688X.2020.1849884

     Levy, I, & Travis, R. (2020). The Critical Cycle of Mixtape Creation: Reducing Stress Via Three Different Group Counseling Styles. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 45(4), 307 330, DOI: 10.1080/01933922.2020.1826614

    Levy, I., Hess, C., Hayden, L., & Eiber, A. (2020) A Community-Based Intervention: A Hip Hop Framework Towards Decolonizing Counseling Spaces. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. DOI:10.1080/15401383.2020.1762816

    Levy, I., Adjapong, E.S. (2020). Towards Culturally Competent School Counseling Environments: Hip Hop Studio Construction. The Professional Counselor Journal, 10(2), 266-284.

    Levy, I. (2020). “Real Recognize Real”: Hip‐Hop Spoken Word Therapy and Humanistic Practice.The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 59(1), 38–53. https://doi.org/10.1002/johc.12128

    Levy, I. (2019). Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Therapy in Urban School Counseling. Professional School Counseling22(1b), 2156759X19834436.


  • Honors, Awards, and Grants


    2018-2019 Association for Humanistic Counseling Emerging Leader

    Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year - Teachers College, Department of Health and Behavior Studies

    2016 New York State School Counselor of the Year


    Levy, I. (2018). Use of a community-based hip hop therapy program for socio-emotional development among urban

    youth. Joseph P. Healey Research Grant Program, University of Massachusetts Boston, $5,000 (funded).