Dr. Levy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in neurobiology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate in Medicine from the New York University School of Medicine and a Master's in Public Health from Harvard University. She served as an intern, resident and Chief resident in pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and as a Dyson Fellow in General Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston. She is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and an Assistant in Medicine and Psychiatry at Children's Hospital, Boston.
Dr. Levy serves as Medical Director for the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), the clinical arm of CeASAR. Her research interest is in studying the use of urine drug testing with adolescents. Based on her previous research, the American Academy of Pediatrics amended their national policy guidelines to include advice to Pediatricians to warn parents of the risks associated with home drug testing products. In 2007 she was awarded funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study the use of laboratory testing as a therapeutic adjuvant for teenagers with problematic use of alcohol and other drugs. Dr. Levy has authored several original science research papers, reviews and text book chapters on adolescent substance abuse.
Levy S, Sherritt L, Harris S, Gates E, Holder D, Kulig J, Knight J. Test-Retest Reliability of Adolescents' Self-Report of Substance Use. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (In Press).
Levy S, Van Hook S, Knight JR. A review of Internet-based home drug testing products for parents. Pediatrics 113(4): 720-6, 2004 April.
Reviews, Chapters and Editorials
Levy S, Knight JR. Office management of substance abuse. Adolescent Health Update 15(3): July 2003
Levy, S, Knight JR. Drug tests should be used in context of other findings. AAP News July 2003
Vaughan BL, Levy S, Knight JR. Adolescent substance use: prevention and management by primary care clinicians. J Clin Outcomes Manage 2003;10:166-174.
Levy S, Vaughan B, Knight JR. Office based intervention for adolescent substance abuse. Pediatric Clinics of North America 49(2):329-43, 2002 April.
Levy S. Drug Abuse: To Test or Not to Test. Guest Editorial, Pediatric News. May 2002.