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Charles F. Levinthal

Professor Emeritus of Psychology


PHD, 1971, University Michigan; MA, 1968, University Michigan; AB, 1967, Univ Cincinnati Cincinnati


Professor of Psychology and Department Chair, Charles F. Levinthal received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1971.  He has taught undergraduate courses in statistics, behavioral neuroscience, and clinical neuropsychology, as well as graduate courses in cognition and perception and neural bases of behavior. 

Dr. Levinthal is the author of fifteen books, including Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society, 7th ed. (2012), Drugs, Society, and Criminal Justice, 3rd ed. (2012), Point/Counterpoint: Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy (2003), Introduction to Physiological Psychology, 3rd ed. (1990), and Messengers of Paradise: Opiates and the Brain (1988).  Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society has been published in Korean (2008), and Messengers of the Paradise: Opiates and the Brain has been published in Spanish (1989) and Japanese (1991).  

His present research interests include issues in substance abuse and dependence, clinical neuropsychology, cognitive decision-making, and reading. 

Dr. Levinthal was selected to deliver the Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture in 1987 and was voted by the graduating Class of 2003 as Distinguished Teacher of the Year.  Dr. Levinthal was elected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2010.  He is a charter member of the Hofstra chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and a past chapter president. 

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