Robert W. Levenson

Robert Levenson Columns

Presidential Columns featured in the Observer magazine by past APS President Robert Levenson

  • Tempus Really Fugits

    Trying to plan my remaining columns, I checked with my editor at the Observer to find out how many more were left to write before turning the Presidential Pen over to my successor. To my surprise, the answer was “just one.” There’s no doubt about it, tempus really fugits. A More

  • Desperately Seeking Phil

    It grew gradually throughout the year and reached a thundering crescendo that could no longer be ignored: A column on Dr. Phil.   When I started thinking about writing these monthly Observer columns, I asked friends and colleagues for suggestions and ideas. I was pretty surprised at how often the More

  • Collaborations: Elaborations and Celebrations

    Befitting the season (February 14 approaches as I write this), this column is a Valentine to collaborations. I want to share some general thoughts about collaborations and to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to two people I have collaborated with over many years, both of whom have recently More

  • Basic Research Funding: An Exercise in NIH-ilism

    “You don’t need a Roadmap to know which way the wind blows.” – With apologies to B. Dylan This month’s cover story examines funding for basic behavioral research from the perspectives of National Institute of Mental Health leadership and staff, recent NIMH advisory workgroup members, APS leadership, and both newer More

  • Staffing the 21st Century Psychology Department

    Earlier this year our department had a day-long retreat to discuss, among other things, what it might look like if we recreated it from scratch. During a particularly scintillating discussion of the merits of having four areas versus five, I found my mind wandering to the far more important issue More

  • Mentoring: Reflections on Becoming an Academic Great-Grandparent

    Like ships passing in the night (or more like academic conference-goers rushing through a crowded hotel lobby), I recently met my first academic great-grandchild. The encounter was fleeting, the exchange very brief: “I’m a former student of X (one of my first PhD students) and this is my graduate student More