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Ifat Levy, PhD

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Ifat Levy, PhD

Ifat Levy, PhD


Clinical Neurosciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Yale University, Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine, Neuroscience and Psychology


  • New York University, Center for Neural Science, Postdoctoral training, 2009
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Computational Neuroscience, PhD, 2004
  • Tel Aviv University, Law, LLB, 1997
  • Tel Aviv University, Physics, BSc, 1994

Expertise and Interests

  • The neural basis of valuation
  • The neural basis of decision-making under uncertainty
  • Decision making and learning in development, aging and mental illness

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Neuroeconomics
  • American Physiological Society

Selected Publications

Homan, P., Levy, I., Feltham, E., Gordon, C., Hu, J., Li, J., Pietrzak, R.H., Southwick, S., Krystal, J.H., Harpaz-Rotem, I., & Schiller, D. (2019). Neural computations of threat in the aftermath of combat trauma. Nature Neuroscience 22: 470-476.

Zhang, Z., Fanning, J., Ehrlich, D.B., Chen, W., Lee, D., & Levy, I. (2017). Distributed neural representation of value, saliency, and category during anticipation of rewards and punishments. Nature Communications 8: 1907 DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02080-4.

Levy, I. (2017). Neuroanatomical substrates for risk behavior. The Neuroscientist 23(3): 275-286.

Grubb, M.A., Tymula, A., Gilaie-Dotan, S., Glimcher, P.W., & Levy, I. (2016). Neuroanatomy accounts for age-related changes in risk preferences. Nature Communications 7, doi: 10.1038/ncomms13822.

Ruderman, L., Ehrlich, D.B., Roy, A., Pietrzak, R., Harpaz-Rotem, I., & Levy, I. (2016) Post-traumatic stress symptoms and aversion to ambiguous losses in combat veterans. Depression and Anxiety 33: 606-613.

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