Max E. Levine

Associate Professor of Psychology

Phone: (518) 782‑6872

Max E. Levine


Ph.D. Biological Psychology The Pennsylvania State University
M.S. Biological Psychology The Pennsylvania State University
B.A. Biology/Psychology Franklin & Marshall College


Dr. Levine received a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in 1996, where he majored in biology and psychology. In 1998, he earned an M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in Biological Psychology. He earned his Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from Penn State in 2002. Dr. Levine’s professional career began in 2002 with a post-doctoral fellowship at Penn State University. From 2003-2006, he served as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychology at Wake Forest University. He came to Siena College as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in 2006; he earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

  • Health Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Research Methods

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor of Psychology Siena College 2011 - Now
Assistant Professor of Psychology Siena College 2006 - 2011
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychology Wake Forest University 2003 - 2006
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Psychology The Pennsylvania State University 2002 - 2003

Why I chose Siena:

Siena College offers professors the unique opportunity to pursue excellence in both teaching and research, and to actively involve students in each endeavor. Blurring the boudary between the classroom and the laboratory is accepted and encouraged, and allows for the most rewarding faculty-student interactions to be achieved.

Office Hours:

MON: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
THU: 12:30 PM-03:00 PM

My current research:

· Gastrointestinal Psychophysiology: physiological (gastric myoelectrical, autonomic, and hormonal) and psychosocial (stress, cognition, emotion, expectation, and perceptions of control and predictability) influences on nausea (of pregnancy, motion sickness, cancer chemotherapy, and functional gastrointestinal disorders); pharmacological and alternative (nutritional, behavioral, or cognitive) interventions for nausea
· Ingestive Behavior: stress-induced changes in appetite and risk for obesity; gastric myoelectrical activity and hunger/satiety; psychosocial, cognitive, and other physiological influences on eating behavior

· Stress and Health: interrelationships between social and psychological processes (emotion, locus of control, expectation, attributional style, attention, etc.), physiological reactivity, health, and illness; coping strategies for various forms of passive, unavoidable stressors vs. active, controllable stressors

My teaching philosophy:

My teaching philosophy is grounded in the notion that for students to truly grasp the meaning of concepts presented to them, they must be afforded the opportunity to challenge and think critically about them, both with respect to their own lives, and to the lives of others.