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Jessica Lewis, PhD, LMFT

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Assistant Director, Research Affairs, Yale Cancer Center; Co-Founder, Expect With Me, CDE

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Jessica Lewis, PhD, LMFT

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Jessica Lewis, Ph.D., LMFT is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health and a licensed family therapist. Dr. Lewis has directed research projects on health behaviors, health equity, and women’s sexual, reproductive, and mental health at Yale for more than 23 years. Her research investigates the interplay of complex biomedical, behavioral, social, and psychological factors that influence individual and family health. She uses this lens to examine challenges faced by those often marginalized by the health care system and by society.

Dr. Lewis serves as Assistant Director of Research Affairs at the Yale Cancer Center. She is a co-investigator on the NIH Prevention of Lower Urinary tract Symptoms (PLUS) Consortium, which is developing a prevention research agenda for bladder health among women and girls. She is co-founder of Expect With Me, a technology-enabled group model of prenatal care, which has been demonstrated to significantly improve maternal-child health outcomes ( Dr. Lewis has extensive experience directing large multi-site research projects on maternal-child health with methodological rigor and cultural sensitivity. She has expertise in project management, study design and implementation, and recruitment and retention of hard-to-reach study participants. Dr. Lewis is interested in multi-level social determinants of health and wellness and bringing health innovations to scale through creative transdisciplinary, multi-sector partnerships. Dr. Lewis is an author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    City University of New York, Graduate Center, Social Welfare (2019)
  • MA
    Southern CT State University, Marriage and Family Therapy (2004)
  • BA
    Smith College, Women's Studies/Biology (1994)

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