Denise Levy Ph.D.

Denise L. Levy, Ph.D., LCSW, REACE currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Beaver College of Health Sciences. Dr. Levy began working at Appalachian State University in 2008, and has taught courses in both the MSW and BSW Programs, including Advanced Social Work Practice with Families, Cultural Competence in the Helping Professions, and field seminars. She previously served as the BSW Program Director and MSW Program Director. Utilizing qualitative methods, Dr. Levy’s research focuses on how LGBTQ individuals with a Christian upbringing resolve conflict between sexual/gender identity and religious beliefs. She is an ally and advocate and believes in the power of bridge building and intergroup dialogue to foster understanding and acceptance. When she is not working, Dr. Levy enjoys cooking, gardening, listening to music, running, creating art with her expressive arts writing group, traveling to Disney World, and spending time with her husband, Daniel, and their cat Ruby. She likes to cheer for the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Braves, New Orleans Saints and Appalachian State Mountaineers.

There are 12 included publications by Denise Levy Ph.D.:

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Exploring Social Justice Through Music 2013 4 The concept of social justice is taught in many college courses across numerous disciplines, including social work, political philosophy, education, and psychology. According to Rawls (1999), social justice is “the basic structure of society, or more...
"I Never Felt Like There Was A Place For Me:" Experiences Of Bisexual And Pansexual Individuals With A Christian Upbringing 2018 12 Popular and scholarly literature describes the conflicts experienced by some gay and lesbian Christians, but less is known about the unique experiences of bisexual and pansexual populations. The purpose of this study was to understand the process by ...
LGBTQ Topics And Christianity In Social Work: Tackling The Tough Questions 2017 3 Social workers are mandated to be inclusive of all persons. A number of critical questions are often asked about the intersection of LGBTQ topics and Christianity in social work. These questions speak to important issues such as ethical and competent...
On The Outside Looking In? The Experience Of Being A Straight, Cisgender Qualitative Researcher 2013 0 Research with disenfranchised and marginalized populations is often completed by those traditionally considered outsiders who are not part of the studied population. The history of outsider research has been somewhat tumultuous, and some outsider res...
Preparing Students For Research And For Work With The Transgender Population: Exploring The Results Of An Innovative Course Pairing 2013 0 In an effort to provide opportunities for social work students to develop competencies for research and for working with transgender individuals, the authors paired content in two separate undergraduate courses: cultural competence and research metho...
Religious Tradition, Religiosity, Or Everyday Theologies? Unpacking Religion's Relationship To Support For Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Among A College Student Sample 2013 11 This study explores the differential impact of religious tradition, religiosity, and everyday theologies on support for legalizing same-sex marriage among a sample of undergraduate college students. The findings suggest that among college students in...
Sexual Identity, Gender Identity, And A Christian Upbringing: Comparing Two Studies 2013 2 This article compares the results of two qualitative studies, the first examining conflict between sexual identity and a Christian upbringing and the second examining conflict between gender identity and a Christian upbringing. After briefly reviewin...
Sexual Prejudice Among Christian College Students, Denominational Teachings, And Personal Religious Beliefs 2012 0 Although numerous studies have examined the role of religious tradition and religiosity on attitudes toward lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, the role of endorsement of denominational teachings has largely been overlooked, even though such teachings...
Teaching Note -- Challenges In The Classroom On LGBTQ Topics And Christianity In Social Work 2019 4 This article provides guidance in facilitating the development of culturally sensitive skills for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations that take into account power and privilege. Social work faculty and stud...
Transgender, Transsexual, And Gender Queer Individuals With A Christian Upbringing: The Process Of Resolving Conflict Between Gender Identity And Faith 2013 0 Individuals who identify as transgender, transsexual, or gender queer and Christian can face a unique set of challenges in attempting to integrate their faith and gender identity. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the process by...
What Does The Q Mean? Including Queer Voices In Qualitative Research 2011 0 Despite much of the fear and ambiguity over the use of the term queer in professional and academic settings, we recommend researchers include the language and the population in the study of sexual identity. During our own recent research endeavors, w...
When Love Meets Hate: The Relationship Between State Policies On Gay And Lesbian Rights And Hate Crime Incidence 2017 19 Do public policies on gay and lesbian rights affect the incidence of hate crimes based on sexual orientation? We propose that legal inequalities increase hate crimes because they provide discursive opportunities for bias, discrimination, and violence...