Megan Lewis, PhD


Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Behavior

Senior Research Scientist
Health Communication Program
RTI International

1992 University of California PhD, Social Ecology
1989 University of California MA, Social Ecology
Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Health behavior
  • Health care delivery
  • Health communication
  • Obesity
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
Research activities


  • Over 20 years doing quantitative and qualitative research:
    • social science and health behavior
    • program evaluation, including formative, outcome
    • impact evaluation
  • Expertise in health-related interpersonal communication focusing on health promotion and chronic illness management; uses of health and social science behavior theory in research and intervention development
  • Her research is distinguished by the use of dyadic and interpersonal theories and analytic methods to study how couple and family functioning affect health behaviors and disease processes; has published extensively on these topics
  • Research on physical activity, nutrition, cancer prevention, HIV, diabetes, arthritis, and chronic disease management
  • Funded by multiple NIH Institutes

Primary teaching areas

  • Social relationships and health
  • Social marketing, health communication
  • Social and behavioral sciences theory

Primary Research areas

  • Social relationships and health
  • Social marketing and health communication
  • Texting interventions
Staff/administrative responsibilities

HB Availability

  • Advisor on a special project
  • Faculty research collaboration
  • Informal research advice or technical assistance