Madia Levin



Dissertation Affiliate Faculty

  • Campus:
  • TCS Online
International Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ph.D. - Organizational Psychology University of Pretoria, South Africa 2009
Master of Commerce - Industrial and Organizational Psychology University of Stellenbosch, South Africa 2002
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Applied Behavior Analysis Organizational Behavior Management
Business/IO Psychology Executive Assessment
Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior
Organizational Culture
Organizational Development
Organizational Diversity
Organizational Psychology
Career/Workplace Issues Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior Management
Organizational Diversity
Psychology Subdisciplines - Business/IO Psychology
Subdisciplines - International Psychology
Research Design/Methodology Qualitative Inquiry

Levin, M.M., Geldenhuys, D.J., & van Niekerk, A. (2012). A call for trust in cross border business.African Journal of Business Management6(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),

Levin, M.M., & Buckett, A. (2011). Discourses regarding ethical challenges in assessments - Insights through a novel approach.SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 37(1)

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.