Ian Levy

Department Chairperson

Assistant 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 713: Methods of Educational and Psychological Research
  • EDUG 725: Practicum in Groups
  • EDUG 821: Internship in School Counseling I
  • EDUG 827: Internship in School Counseling II
  • EDUG 851: Data Analysis and Report Writing in Educational & Psychological Research
  • 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

    Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

    Levy, I, & Lemberger-Truelove, M. (in press) Supporting Practicing School Counselor’s Skill Development: A Hip Hop and Spoken Word Professional Development Intervention. Journal of Counselor Supervision and Preparation.

    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.

    Adjapong E., Emdin, C., & Levy, I. (2019). Exploring an Educational Twitter Chat as a Virtual Professional Learning Networks for Educators. Current Issues in Comparative Education.

    Levy, I., Cook, A.L., & Emdin, C. (2018). Remixing the school counselor’s tool kit: Hip-hop spoken word therapy and YPAR. Professional School Counseling, 21(1), 1-11

  • 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).