Madia Levin

Madia Levin

Dissertation Affiliate Faculty
  • The Chicago School Online
International Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Online)
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Madia Levin obtained her Doctorate in Organizational Psychology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

In addition to her work at TCS, Dr. Levin consults as an international and I/O psychologist. She has worked as a consultant for a global talent management firm advising local and international clients across a spectrum of domains on various strategic and tactical issues related to psychology to improve business performance by realizing the value and potential of their people.

She teaches graduate classes in international and organizational psychology with extensive experience designing and teaching traditional, blended and online curricula using a variety of course management systems. She strongly believes that education is not just about teaching a curriculum but about inspiring a lifelong love of learning. This is key to being able to survive in a rapidly changing world.

Most recently, Dr. Levin's research interests focus on the experience and perception of change on an organizational level and how organization members construct their reality under the influence of organizational behavioral dynamics. A recent project aimed to examine how risk management unconsciously influences behavior. Viewing risk management from a psychosocial perspective allowed the identification of the influence of risk management on the behavior of people. If businesses do not address the underlying  anxiety, managing risk becomes a social defense against the anxiety. Awareness of these dynamics provides an opportunity for addressing them and allow for a more holistic way of managing risk and change. Dr. Levin has presented her research at various conferences and her work has appeared in several publications.

  • PhD – Organizational Psychology (2009)
    University of Pretoria

  • Master of Commerce – Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2002)
    University of Stellenbosch

Areas Of Expertise


  • Levin, M.M., Geldenhuys, D.J., & van Niekerk, A. (2012). A call for trust in cross border business. African Journal of Business Management 6(30), 9236–9242.

  • Van Niekerk, A., Geldenhuys, D.J., Levin, M.M., May, M., & Moalusi, K.P. (2012). Implementing an operational risk management framework: Psycho-social factors in Tanzania. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 27(2), 77–86.

  • Geldenhuys, D.J., Levin, M.M., & Van Niekerk, A. (2012). Risk management as a social defense against anxiety. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 38(2), http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v38i2.982

  • Levin, M.M., & Buckett, A. (2011). Discourses regarding ethical challenges in assessments - Insights through a novel approach. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 37(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v37i1.949

  • Levin, M.M. (2010). Identifying key issues in heritage organization behavior to facilitate sustained management: A case study from South Africa. Journal of Contemporary Management, 7, 208–230.

Presentations and Workshops

  • Identifying the social, cultural and behavioral factors influencing an Operational Risk Management Framework implementation: A Tanzanian study (presented by A. Van Niekerk). International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology 21st International Congress, Cape Town, South Africa: 2012

  • Ethics and Assessments – Dealing with Day-To-Day Ethical Challenges. Clute Institute International Conference, Orlando, Florida: 2012

  • Social, cultural and behavioral factors influencing a risk management framework implementation (presented by DJ. Geldenhuys).  International Banking Conference, Durban, South Africa: 2011

  • Scope of Practice: What is your elevator response? (presented by F. Guest) Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology of South Africa Annual Conference, Pretoria, South Africa: 2011

  • I-O Assessments – Dealing with Challenges. Psychological Assessment UNISA Masters Workshop, Pretoria, South Africa: 2011

  • Assessments and Ethics in Organizations. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa: 2010

  • Identifying key issues in heritage organization behavior to facilitate best practice and sustained management. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology of South Africa Annual Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa: 2010