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Michael I Loewy, PhD, is associate professor in the San Francisco PhD clinical psychology program. He joined the program in 2009 as program director and served in that capacity for 6 years. In 2018, Dr. Loewy reduced to half time and continues to mentor students in research from the first year in the program through his research seminar and then working with each student independently from beginning to completion of their dissertation. In addition, he teaches an elective in the summer session on Health At Every Size.

Before coming to CSPP, Dr. Loewy taught multicultural counseling at San Diego State University (1995-2001); counseling psychology at University of Missouri (2001-2002); and then went to University of North Dakota where he served as program director of the doctoral program in counseling psychology and then chair of the department of Counseling and Community Services (2002-2009).

Dr. Loewy was born in 1952 and raised in Los Angeles, then earned his BA in sociology from UNLV(1987) before moving to Santa Barbara for graduate study in counseling psychology (PhD, 1994).

Professional Interests

Social justice in psychology and psychotherapy; multicultural competence; Health at Every Size; LGBTQIA issues; impact of social privilege and oppression, especially as regards to body size, physical appearance, sexual orientation, race, gender, gender expression, religion, age, and social class

Education and Certifications
  • Ph.D. - Counseling Psychology, APA Accredited.
  • M.A. - Counseling Psychology
  • B.A. - Sociology




"The Counseling Psychologist Major Contribution of the Year" for: Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity. Awarded by The Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.



"Issues in Higher Education." One of six people chosen to participate in this annual program designed to prepare faculty for administrative roles in the academy.



"Community Foundation Award" and "Congressional Recognition" for outstanding service to the Southern Nevada Community. Presented by the U.S. Congress for being one of the 25 most influential leaders of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities in the history of Southern Nevada.



"High Flyer Award" for excellence in teaching. Presented by the College of Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia for teaching evaluations of higher than a 4.8 on a 5 point scale.

Health at Every Size / Body Image Issues, PhD Research Seminar: Social Justice in Psychology
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field

Loewy, M. I. (1996). Size bias by mental health professionals: Use of the illusory correlation paradigm. International Journal of Psychology, 31, 10. (dissertation)


Pyle, N. C., & Loewy, M. I. (2015). Health at every size. In K. Nadal (Ed.) Encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Loewy, M. I., & Pyle, N. C. (2015). Fat shaming. In K. Nadal (Ed.) Encyclopedia of psychology and gender. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


dickey, l. m., & Loewy, M. I. (2010). Group work with transgender clients. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 35(3), 236-245.


Loewy, M. I. (2010, November). Is fat a four-letter word? In K. Shorter-Gooden & S. Henderson (Eds.), Head, Heart, and Hands: I-MERIT tips for cultural competence, Volume 2(7). San Francisco, CA: Alliant International University.


Loewy, M. I., Juntunen, C. L., & Duan, C. (2009). Application of the counseling psychology model training values statement addressing diversity to admissions. The Counseling Psychologist, 37(5), 705-720.


Loewy, M. I. & Madsen, P. W. (2009). Mental health issues related to LGBT immigrant/ refugee Children, youth, and families. In J. Hagen, S. Shirk, N. Milburn, A. Thomas, J. M. Casas, & M. Mitchell (Eds.), Children, Youth and Family News. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Mintz, L. B., Jackson, A. P., Neville, H. A., Illfelder-Kaye, J. ,Winterowd, C. L., & Loewy, M. I. (2009). The need for a counseling psychology model training values statement addressing diversity. The Counseling Psychologist, 37(5), 644-675.


Worthington, R. L., Navarro, R. L., Loewy, M., & Hart, J. (2008). Color-blind racial attitudes, social dominance orientation, racial-ethnic group membership and college students' perceptions of campus climate. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 1(1), 8-19.


Strmer, S., Simon, B., Loewy, M. I. (2008). Intraorganizational Respect and Organizational Participation: The Mediating Role of Collective Identity. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 11, 5 - 20.


Strmer, S, Simon, B, Loewy, M, Jrger, H. (2003). The dual-pathway model of social participation: The case of the fat acceptance movement. Social Psychology Quarterly, 66(1), 71-82. Highly respected interdisciplinary journal of the American Sociological Association. International audience.


Loewy, M. I., Toliver Williams, D., & Keleta, A. (2002). Group counseling with traumatized East African refugee women in the U.S.: Using the "Kaffa" ceremony intervention. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 27(2), 173-191. Flagship journal of the Association of Specialists in Group Work.


Loewy, M. I. (1998). Suggestions for working with fat children in the schools. Professional School Counseling, 1(4), 18-22. Flagship journal of the American School Counseling Association.


Simon, B., Loewy, M., Stuermer, S., Weber, U., Freytag, P., Habig, C., Kampmeier, C., & Spahlinger, P. (1998). Collective identification and social movement participation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74(3), 646-658. Top tier APA journal in Social Psychology.


Loewy, M. I. (1995). Fat men and the men who love them. In S. E. Smith (Ed.), Size Acceptance and Self-Acceptance-The NAAFA Workbook: A Complete Study Guide, 2nd edition (p. 115). Sacramento, CA: NAAFA, Inc.


White, S. A., Fleming, D., Hearsum, J., Loewy, M. I., & Gurse, C. (1994). Reader's theater: New students learn health and safety. The Peer Facilitator Quarterly, 11(4), 28-31. College personnel journal.


Loewy, M. I. & Worthington, R. W. (2009). Casas, Jesus Manuel. In F. Leong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Counseling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. International audience.


Pyle, N. C. & Loewy, M. I. (2009). Double stigma: Fat men and their male admirers. In E. Rothblum & S. Solovay (Eds.), The Fat Studies Reader. NY, NY: NYU Press. International audience.


Pyle, N. C. & Loewy, M. I. (2009). Double stigma: Fat men and their male admirers. In E. Rothblum & S. Solovay (Eds.), The Fat Studies Reader. NY, NY: NYU Press. International audience.


Whitcomb, D. H. & Loewy, M. I. (2005). Diving into the hornet's nest: Situating counseling psychologists in LGBT social justice work. In R. L. Toporek, L. Gerstein, N. Fouad, G. Roysircar, & T. Israel (Eds.), Handbook for social justice in counseling psychology: Leadership, vision, and action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Daughtry, D., Twohey, D., Whitcomb, D., Juntunen, C., & Loewy, M. (2004). When diversity becomes the norm. In J. L. Chin (Ed.), The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination. New York: Praeger Press, Inc.


Bruno, B. A., & Loewy, M. I. (1999). Weight problems and solutions. In W. J. Matthews & J. H. Edgette (Eds.), Currrent Thinking and Research in Brief Therapy, Volume III (pp. 83-102). Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis.