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Megan Lewis, PhD

Megan Lewis, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior

Megan A. Lewis, PhD, directs the Patient and Family Engagement Research Program in RTI International's Center for Communication Science. She has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research, specializing in social science and health behavior research and program evaluation, including formative, outcome and impact evaluation. Dr. Lewis has unique expertise in health-related interpersonal communication focusing on health promotion and chronic illness management and the use of health and social science behavior theory in guiding 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 a wide array of health behaviors and disease processes. Her current work also focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of e-health interventions for patient engagement and medical decision making.

Research Activities

Chronic disease prevention and management
Health behavior change
Health communication
Peer/social support for disease management


PhD, Social Ecology, University of California, 1992

MA, Social Ecology, University of California, 1989

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