Megan Lewis, PhD

 

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Behavior

Senior Research Scientist
Health Communication Program
RTI International

melewis@rti.org

Education
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

Experience

  • 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