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Lisa Lopez Levers, Ph.D., P.C.C.-S., L.P.C., C.R.C., N.C.C.

Professor
School of Education
Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

209B Canevin
Phone: 412.396.1871

Education:

Ph.D., Counselor Education & Human Development, Kent State University, 1988
M.Ed. Rehabilitation Counseling, Kent State University, 1975
B.A., English Literature and Art History, Kent State University, 1974
Bio

Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers is a Professor of counselor education and supervision in the School of Education at Duquesne University. Currently in her 23rd year as an academic, she previously chaired the Counseling and Human Development Department at the University of Rochester, worked as an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of New Orleans, and coordinated the Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program at Ohio University. All of these posts involved local (mainly urban, but also rural) community and international outreach, this last including Spain and Australia, but mainly Russia and a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa (including African governmental and NGO entities in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Uganda, and Rwanda). Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Levers worked for 15 years in the community mental health and private practice sectors, with a clinical emphasis on trauma recovery, the impact of violence on child development, psychiatric rehabilitation, and substance abuse. She had numerous opportunities to develop programs and systems-of-care for adults with severe psychiatric disabilities and for children with severe emotional disorders.

Expertise

Professor Levers has held many consultancies related to counseling, supervision, training, and disability issues. She also has been awarded grants to conduct research, to develop systems of care, and to provide counselor training in settings as diverse as the second largest Native American Indian Reservation in the US, several major cities in Russia, with African Traditional Healers in a number of sub-Saharan African countries, and in post-genocide Rwanda. Dr. Levers was awarded as a Fulbright Scholar, August 2003 through August 2004. Living in Gaborone, Botswana, she taught at the University of Botswana and conducted her research. Her scholarly projects involve the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa, especially the cultural implications and psychosocial effects; the relevance of indigenous knowledge and the role of indigenous healers in constructing culturally appropriate HIV and AIDS interventions; the impact of trauma, loss, and bereavement on child development, including in educational settings; adult sequelae associated with early childhood trauma; designing and developing culturally sensitive community-based services for orphans and other vulnerable children; substance abuse and chemical dependency programming; and, psychosocial issues related to disability and rehabilitation. She also is involved with devising new methodological frameworks for and applying Rapid Appraisal Methods of research and evaluation within a human services context. She has become active in advocating for adequate care for children who have been orphaned or otherwise are affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the southern African region, as well as advocating for the development of foster care in Russia. Dr. Levers currently is working with colleagues in Africa to initiate a university-based Centre for Trauma Counselling and Healing.

Publications

A. Refereed Articles

Levers, L. L., & Hyatt-Burkhart, D. (2011). Immigration reform and the potential for psychosocial trauma: The missing link of lived human experience. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2011.01254.x

Levers, L. L. (2009). A meta-theoretical framework for counseling people of African ancestry: An ecologically oriented response to the special section articles. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 19; 507-510.

Levers, L. L., Radomsky, L., & Shefer, T. (2009). Voices of African traditional healers: Cultural context and implications for the practice of counseling in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 19, 501-506.

Mpofu, E., Jelsma, J., Maart, S., Levers, L. L., Montsi, M. M. R., Thlabiwe, P., Mwamwenda, T., Ngoma, M. S., & Tchombe, T. M. S. (2007). Rehabilitation in seven sub-Saharan African countries: Policies, personnel, training, and education. Rehabilitation Education, 21, 223-230.

Tinsley, T. M., & Levers, L. L. (2007). Fostering self-determination and resilience
through sports counseling: Psychosocial development of youth in Botswana. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 17, 99-109.

Levers, L. L. (2006). Samples of indigenous healing: The path of good medicine. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 53, 479-488.

Levers, L. L. (2006). Traditional healing as indigenous knowledge: Its relevance to HIV/AIDS in southern Africa and the implications for counselors. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 16, 87-100.

Levers, L. L., Kamanzi, D., Mukamana, D., Pells, K., & Bhusumane, D-B. (2006). Addressing urgent community mental health needs in Rwanda: Culturally sensitive training interventions.  Journal of Psychology in Africa, 16, 261-272.

Maundeni, T., & Levers, L. L. (2006). Concerns about child subject research in Botswana: A call for establishing structures and guidelines that protect children. African Sociological Review, 9(2), pp. 153 - 167.

Hargis, D, Strano, D., & Levers, L. L. (2004, Spring). A Preliminary examination of cognitive factors and suicide risk in individuals experiencing chronic pain. Michigan Counseling Journal, 3-12.

Levers, L. L. (2002). Northern Namibian teachers on the effects of violence, poverty, and privation on young children's development: School-based countermeasures. Journal of Children and Poverty, 8, 101-140.

Levers, L. L. (2001). Representations of psychiatric disability in fifty years of Hollywood film: An ethnographic content analysis. Theory and Science, 2(2).
Available: http://theoryandscience.icaap.org/content/vol002.002/lopezlevers.html

Levers, L. L. (1999). Designing counselor education in a developing context: A prospectus for a southern African regional counselor training and resource center. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, 1(1), 26 pp. Available:
http://www.jsdafrica.com/Jsda/Winter%201999/articlespdf/ARCdesigning%20counselor%20education.pdf

Levers, L. L., & Maki, D.R. (1995). African indigenous healing, cosmology, and existential implications: Toward a philosophy of ethnorehabilitation. Rehabilitation Education, 9, 127-145.

Levers, L. L., & Hawes, A.R. (1989). Drugs and gender: A women's recovery program. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 12, 527 531.

B. Books

Levers, L. L. (Ed.). (2012). Trauma counseling: Theories and interventions. New York: Springer.

Levers, L. L. (Section Editor). (2012). Foundations of counseling in African settings. In E. Mpofu (Ed.), Counseling contexts and applications with people of African ancestry. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Maundeni, T., Levers, L. L., & Jacques, G. (Eds.). (2008). Changing family systems: A global perspective. Gaborone, Botswana: Bay Publishers.

Levers, L. L. (in progress). Representations of psychiatric disability in 60 years of Hollywood film: An ethnographic filmography. [Edwin Mellen Press has reviewed my proposal for this book and requested that I submit a completed manuscript; I have received the Duquesne University Presidential Scholarship Award for 2008 to complete this manuscript.]

C. Book Chapters

Levers, L. L. (2012). Disability issues and the role of rehabilitation Counselors in a
global context. In D. R. Maki & V. Tarvydas (Eds.), The professional practice of
rehabilitation counseling: Formative perspective and features (pp. 163-188). New York:
Springer.

Levers, L. L. (2012). Conclusion: An integrative systemic approach to trauma. In L. L.Levers (Ed.), Counseling survivors of trauma: Theories and interventions. New York: Springer.

Levers, L. L. (2012). Introduction to understanding trauma. In L. L. Levers (Ed.),Counseling survivors of trauma: Theories and interventions. New York: Springer.

Levers, L. L. (2012). Preface. In L. L. Levers (Ed.), Counseling survivors of trauma:
Theories and interventions. New York: Springer.

Levers, L. L., & Buck, R. (2012). Contextual issues of community-based violence and of
crisis and disaster in institutional settings. In L. L. Levers (Ed.), Counseling survivors of
trauma: Theories and interventions. New York: Springer.

Levers, L. L., Ventura, E. M., & Bledsoe, D. E. (2012). Models for trauma intervention:
Integrative approaches to therapy. In L. L. Levers (Ed.), Counseling survivors of trauma:
Theories and interventions. New York: Springer.

DuBois, A. L., Levers, L. L., & Esposito, C. P. (2012). Existential perspectives on the
psychology of evil. In L. L. Levers (Ed.), Counseling survivors of trauma: Theories and
interventions. New York: Springer.

Hyatt-Burkhart, D., & Levers, L. L., & (2012). Historical contexts of trauma. In L. L.
Levers (Ed.), Counseling survivors of trauma: Theories and interventions. New York:
Springer.

Levers, L. L., Mpofu, E., Ferreira, R., & Kasayira, J. (2012). HIV and AIDS counselling. In E. Mpofu (Ed.), Counseling people of African ancestry (pp. 249-264). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Levers, L. L., May, M., & Vogel, G. (2012). Current research on counseling in African settings. In E. Mpofu (Ed.), Counseling people of African ancestry (pp. 57-74). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Mpofu, E., Bakker, T., & Levers, L. L. (2012). Counselling in African cultural heritage settings: The challenges and opportunities. In E. Mpofu (Ed.), Counseling people of African ancestry (pp. 313-316). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Radomsky, L., & Levers, L. L. (in press). Voices of the African traditional healer: Implications for cross cultural educational practices. In A. S. Yeung, C. F. K. Lee, & E. L. Brown (Eds.), Communication and language, vol. 7 of International advances in education: Global initiatives for equity and social justice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Reis, D. S., & Levers, L. L. (in press). Teaching ELLs in the USA: Toward a pedagogy of social justice and empowerment. In A. S. Yeung, C. F. K. Lee, & E. L. Brown (Eds.), Communication and language, vol. 7 of International advances in education: Global initiatives for equity and social justice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Levers, L. L., & Helsel, S. (2008). Families in the US: Economic and technological
impacts upon the changing and growing underclass. In T. Maundeni, L. L. Levers, & G. Jacques (Eds.), Changing family systems: A global perspective (pp. 72-95). Gaborone, Botswana: Bay Publishers.

Levers, L. L., Maundeni, T., & Jacques, G. (2008). Introduction. In T. Maundeni, L. L. Levers, & G. Jacques (Eds.), Changing family systems: A global perspective (pp. 7-17). Gaborone, Botswana: Bay Publishers.

Levers, L. L., Maundeni, T., & Jacques, G. (2008). Endnote. In T. Maundeni, L. L.
Levers, & G. Jacques (Eds.), Changing family systems: A global perspective (pp. 400- 404). Gaborone, Botswana: Bay Publishers.

Strabahkina, T., & Levers, L. L. (2008). Psychosocial assistance for Russian families and children in crisis situations. In T. Maundeni, L. L. Levers, & G. Jacques, G. (Eds.),
Changing family systems: A global perspective (pp. 165-182). Gaborone, Botswana: Bay Publishers.

Levers, L. L. (2007). Professional orientation and ethics. In J. Gregoire & C. Jungers (Eds), Counselor's companion: Handbook for professional helpers (pp. 2-17). New York: Earlbaum.

Lynch, M. F., & Levers, L. L. (2007). Ecological-transactional and motivational perspectives in counseling. In J. Gregoire & C. Jungers (Eds), Counselor's companion: Handbook for professional helpers (pp. 586-605). New York: Earlbaum.

Levers, L. L. (2006). Identifying psychoeducational HIV/AIDS interventions in Botswana: Focus groups and related rapid assessment Methods. In C. Fischer (Ed.) Qualitative research methods for the psychological professions, (pp. 377-410). New York: Elsevier Press/Academic Press.

Levers, L. L. (1997). Counseling as a recursive dynamic: Relationship and process, meaning-making and empowerment. In T.F. Riggar & D.R. Maki (Eds.), Rehabilitation counseling: Profession and practice, 2nd Edition (pp. 170-182). New York: Springer.

D.  Book Reviews

Levers, L. L. (2008). [Review of the book Secondary traumatic stress and the child welfare professional]. Journal of Children and Poverty, 14, 113-114.

Levers, L. L. (1993). A review of Women's Growth in Connection: Writings from the Stone Center, by Judith V. Jordan, et al. [Review of the book Women's growth in connection: Writings from the Stone Center]. Journal of Humanistic Education and Development, 32, 43 45.

Monograph Publications

Levers, L. L., Magweva, F. I., & Mpofu, E. (2007). Discussion paper 40: A review of district health systems in east and southern Africa: Facilitators and barriers to participation in health. Published online by Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) as an EQUINET Discussion Paper. Retrieved 19 March 2007, from http://www.equinetafrica.org/bibl/docs/DIS40ehsLOPEZ.pdf

Levers, L. L., & Maki, D.R. (1994). An ethnographic analysis of traditional healing and rehabilitation services in southern Africa: Cross cultural implications. An International Exchange of Experts and Information in Rehabilitation (IEEIR) research fellowship monograph prepared for the World Rehabilitation Fund, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Dept. of Education, 103 pages. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK: National Clearing House of Rehabilitation Training Materials.

F.  Invited/Refereed and Non-Refereed Publications

Levers, L. L. (2009). Psychodrama. In American Counseling Association (Ed.), ACA encyclopedia of counseling, (pp. 421-422). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Levers, L. L. (2009). Qualitative data collection methods. In American Counseling Association (Ed.), ACA encyclopedia of counseling, (pp. 427-429). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Levers, L. L. (26 November 2003). Early childhood development. The Botswana Gazette.

Levers, L.L. (19 November 2003). Children without a Voice. Mmegi, pp. 6 & 7.

Levers, L. L. (1993, Summer). The sorcerer's apprentice: Moving counseling into the 21st century. CRC: The Counselor, pp. 3 5.

Levers, L. L. (1993). A participatory action research inquiry: Short term/intensive counselor training in Lesotho. (Sponsored by the Center for International Education). Athens, Ohio: College of Education, Ohio University.

Lopez Baez, S., Faiver, C. M., Martinek, S.A., Levers, L. L. (Winter, 1992) Ethical dilemmas in the counseling profession. Guidelines. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Association for Counseling and Development.

Levers, L. L., Lopez Baez, S., Gil Wigal, J., Martinek, S. A., & Faiver, C. (Spring, 1991). Ethical dilemmas faced by counselors. Guidelines. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Association for Counseling and Development.

Faiver, C. M., Levers, L. L., Lopez Baez, S., Martinek, S. A. (Summer, 1991). Ethical dilemmas in the counseling profession. Guidelines. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Association for Counseling and Development.

Levers, L. L., & Tymchyshyn, R. L. (1991). A new dramaturgic type of policy-delphi as a stage in the self renewal of a heartland college of education (competitive research, funded by Dean, College of Education). Athens, Ohio: College of Education, Ohio University.

DeBaer, C. H., Levers, L. L., & Borom, B. B. (1979, October). Deistitutionalization law and its impact on our community. Akron Legal News, 10, 5-6.

Levers, L. L., Borom, B. B., & DeBaer, C. H. (1979, September). Identifying psychiatric problems. Akron Legal News, 9, 4-5.

G.  Governmental Reports

Levers, L. L., Magweva, F. I., & Mufema, E. (2010, March). Poverty levels among people with disabilities: An evaluation of the need for developing a disability social protection scheme in Zimbabwe. Final Report to the Terms of Reference Committee Regarding the Consultancy for the National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH), the National Association of Non-Governmental organizations (NANGO), and the Republic of Zimbabwe Ministry of Labour and Social Services (MoLSS). Harare, Zimbabwe: NASCOH.

Mufema, E., Levers, L. L., & Magweva, F. I. (2010, January). Poverty levels among people with disabilities: Analysis of disability social protection schemes in Zimbabwe. A Discussion Document prepared for the National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH), the National Association of Non-Governmental organizations (NANGO), and the Republic of Zimbabwe Ministry of Labour and Social Services (MoLSS). Harare, Zimbabwe: NANGO.

Levers, L. L., Magweva, I. F., Maundeni, T., & Mpofu, E. (2008). A report on a comprehensive study of social safety nets for people with disabilities in Botswana. A study sponsored by the Botswana Ministry of Health, at the request of the Botswana Office of the President. Gaborone, Botswana: Ministry of Health.

Levers, L. L. (2006, April). Report on the need for trauma counseling in post-genocide Rwanda. A report prepared for the Kigali Health Institute (KHI), Republic of Rwanda.

Levers, L. L. (2005). Final progress report: With Eagles Wings. Final Evaluation Report for the Comprehensive Mental Health Service Delivery for Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances (SEBD) and Their Families on the Wind River Indian Reservation Project (spin down of five-year $7.5-million SAMHSA grant).

Levers, L. L., & Magweva, F.I. (2005, March). Report on a national rehabilitation plan and training programme. Windhoek, Namibia: Ministry of Lands, Resettlement, and Rehabilitation (Government of the Republic of Namibia).

H. Published Conference Proceedings

Levers, L. L., Anderson, R. I., Boone, A. M., Cebula, J. C., Edger, K., Kuhn, L., Neuman, E. E., & Sindlinger, J. (2008). Qualitative research: Applying robust methods and illuminating the human context. VISTAS 2008 Proceedings of the American Counseling Association. VISTAS 2008 Online. Retrieved March 31, 2009, from http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/VISTAS_Home.htm

Levers, L. L. (2003). The consultative workshop as a qualitative method of inquiry: The case of teachers and counselors working with AIDS orphans in Botswana. Monograph of papers presented at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education 2003 Annual Conference, 6 June 2003, Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved August 31, 2008, from http://www.equinetafrica.org/bibl/docs/LEVaids.pdf

Levers, L. L., Mosley, E., Pickett, B., Angelone, L., Bigante, T., Gruber, L., Hoffman, R., Kitchens-Stephens, E., Rosenblatt, S., Schoenfelder, J.E., Tinsley, T., & Tracy, S. (2003). Views on diversity and inclusion in Pittsburgh: A community-based rapid appraisal. Monograph of papers presented at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education 2003 Annual Conference, 6 June 2003, Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved August 31, 2008, from http://www.education.duq.edu/institutes/PDF/papers2003/Levers2.pdf

Levers, L.L., Alford, N., Goodspeed, P., Jankoski, J., Kastberg, S., Peck, B., Smith, S., Stinchfield, T., & Willow, R. (2002, June). Dissertations in counselor education: Locating the confluence of theory and practice. Monograph of papers presented at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education 2002 Annual Conference, 14 June 2002, Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved August 31, 2008, from http://www.education.duq.edu/institutes/PDF/papers2002/LeversAlford.pdf

Levers, L. L., Mosely, E., Conte, C., Darr, J., Moore, H., Shafer, D., Snyder, C., Stinchfield, T., Williams, F., & Wood, A. (June 2002). Experiences of racism and transgenerational trauma in one African American Community: Portraiture of historical-stirrings-within-a-democratic-context in response to witnessing -Without Sanctuary-. Research conducted as pedagogical project with doctoral students in a qualitative research course. Monograph of papers presented at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education 2002 Annual Conference, 14 June 2002, Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved August 31, 2008, from http://www.education.duq.edu/institutes/PDF/papers2002/Leversetal.pdf

Denardo, A., & Levers, L. L. (June 2002). Using Nvivo to analyze qualitative data. Monograph of papers presented at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education 2002 Annual Conference, 14 June 2002, Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved August 31, 2008, from http://www.education.duq.edu/institutes/PDF/papers2002/DeNardo&Levers.pdf

Levers, L. L. (1999). Psychological Assistance to the Child in a Crisis Situation. Proceedings of the International Foster Family Conference, New Forms of Social Assistance to Children without Parental Care, Novgorod, Russia.

Levers, L. L. (1992). Erich Neumann: A framework for postmodernist considerations of multiplicity. Proceedings of the Seventh Regional Conference on Trauma, Dissociation, and Multiple Personality. Akron, Ohio: Akron General Medical Center, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, The Ohio Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation, and The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Levers, L. L. (1991). Community counseling and health promotion: A vision for the 21st century. Proceedings of the International Seminar on Health Education. Barcelona, Spain: Formacio Permanent Blanquerna/Universitat Ramon Llull.

Soler, R.E., Levers, L. L., Turner, W.M., Young, L., & Powell, G.S. (2002). Representing and navigating the world: Steps toward assessing Native American youth. In C.C. Newman, K. Kutash, and R.M. Friedman (Eds.), 14th Annual Research Conference Proceedings: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Tampa, FL: The Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health, University of South Florida. Retrieved January 24, 2008, from
http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/institute/pubs/pdf/cfs/rtc/14thproceedings/14thChapter10.pdf