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Jessica Lewis, PhD, LMFT

Research Scientist; Deputy Director, Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity, Yale Cancer Center; Board Member, Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI+ Affairs, Yale University; Co-Founder, Expect With Me, CDE

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Jessica Lewis, PhD, LMFT

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Jessica Lewis, Ph.D., MFT (she/her/hers) is a Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine and Deputy Director for the Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity at the Yale Cancer Center. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is 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 27 years. Her research investigates the interplay of complex biomedical, behavioral, social, and structural factors that influence individual, family, and community health. She uses this lens to examine challenges faced by those often marginalized by the health care system and by society. Dr. Lewis 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; promoting interdisciplinary team science; and engaging community stakeholders to improve public health. 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 70 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)

Professional Service

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public HealthEditorial Board Member2020 - Present

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