Congratulations to David Levene for winning the YU Libraries 2020 Student Research Award.
David is a psychology major with a minor in English from Yeshiva College, class of 2020. His excellent award-winning paper is titled “Family Therapy for the Treatment of Eating Disorders.” His paper was selected by a committee of seven readers from among 16 submissions. “His extensive research, the depth and originality of his paper and his careful adherence to APA style guidelines impressed our committee,” said Wendy Kosakoff, Public Services and Outreach Librarian. “Mazel tov, David!”
“I chose the topic from a long list given to us by Dr. Jenny Isaacs because I felt that I would be able to do the best job on this specific one,” said Levene. “My goal was to cover the topic completely from all angles while leaving no question unturned.”
As a psychology major, Levene sees family therapy as a powerful form of counseling that is often underused. “Not only is it one of the primary forms of treatment for eating disorders, but it may very well become relevant as a treatment for many other disorders in the future.”
Winning the award came as a pleasant shock to him. “ I never thought that I’d have the opportunity to win such a prestigious award, and I am particularly thankful to the professors I’ve taken in the English and psychology departments for truly honing my skills. I am proud knowing that even as I myself move on from YU at the end of this month, my name and work will live on in the University forever.”
His current plan following graduation is apply in September to work at Apple as a Genius employee for at least a year. “I have a strong passion for technology, and this is something I’ve wanted to do for many years.” He’ll leave on hold for the time being a decision about whether to go to graduate school, but, as he say, “plans can always change.”