Harry Levinson, Ph.D., is Chairman Emeritus of The Levinson Institute, Clinical Professor of Psychology Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and the former head of the section on Organizational Mental Health of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.
Born in Port Jervis, New York, Dr. Levinson received his B.S. degree and his M.S. degree from Emporia (Kansas) State University. He trained in clinical psychology in the Veterans Administration-Menninger Foundation-University of Kansas program, which led to his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1952. He is certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
While coordinator of professional education at Topeka State Hospital from 1950 to 1953, he played a key role in the dramatic and widely acclaimed reformation of the Kansas state hospital system. In 1954, Dr. Levinson created and for the next 14 years directed the Division of Industrial Mental Health of The Menninger Foundation. In 1968 he moved to the Harvard Graduate School of Business and established The Levinson Institute privately and headed it until he retired in 1992.He has lectured and consulted widely to business, academic and governmental organizations in the United States and abroad.
During the academic year 1961-62, Dr. Levinson was a visiting professor in the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1967, he taught in the School of Business at the University of Kansas. From 1968 to 1972, Dr. Levinson was Thomas Henry Carroll-Ford Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. From 1972 to 1992 he was Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry in the Harvard Medical School. He has been an adjunct professor in the Boston University School of Business Administration and in the Pace University Graduate School. Dr. Levinson was a Ford Foundation visiting professor at the H. C. Mathur Institute of Public Administration in Jaipur, India in the summer of 1974. He was a visiting centennial professor at Texas A&M in April 1976, and in September 1979 conducted the international course on occupational social psychology for the Finnish Government Institute of Occupational Health, under the sponsorship of the Nordic Council of Ministers. In 1995-96 he was a visiting professor at Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Levinson received the Perry L. Rohrer Consulting Psychology Practice Award for outstanding achievement in psychological consultation in 1984; was recognized with the Massachusetts Psychological Association’s Career Award and the first award of The Society of Psychologists in Management in 1985; was recognized with the I. Arthur Marshall Distinguished Alumnus Award of The Menninger Alumni Association in 1990; and was named co-recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge in 1992. In 2000, he received the American Psychological Association Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology. The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology presented him with the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters in 2004. In the same year the Society of Consulting Psychology recognized him with the Society’s Distinguished Service Award.
He is past president of the American Board of Professional Psychology, past president of the Kansas Psychological Association, and former chairman of the Kansas Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission.
Dr. Levinson has authored 21 books and numerous articles in professional, management and popular publications. Among the books he has authored are Bearding the Lion that Roared; Consulting Psychology; It’s Me- Harry!; Levinson on the Psychology of Leadership; Organizational Assessment; Career Mastery; Emotional Health in the World of Work; Executive Stress; Executive (a revision of The Exceptional Executive, which won the McKinsey Foundation, Academy of Management, and James A. Hamilton College of Hospital Administrators awards); Organizational Diagnosis; Ready, Fire, Aim: Avoiding Management by Impulse; The Great Jackass Fallacy; Psychological Man; Casebook for Psychological Man; Casebook for Psychological Man: Instructor’s Guide; Toward Understanding Men; and The Psychology of Leadership. He is the senior author of Men, Management, and Mental Health; co-author of Interdisciplinary Research on Work and Mental Health; co-author with Dr. William C. Menninger of Human Understanding in Industry, and co-author with Dr. Stuart Rosenthal, CEO: Corporate Leadership in Action (which won The American College of Healthcare Executives-James A. Hamilton Book Award). He is editor of Designing and Managing Your Career: Advice from the Harvard Business Review.