Dr. Valerie Lewis

Valerie Lewis, PhD

Department of Health Policy and Management


Valerie A. Lewis, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Fellow in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is a sociologist and policy researcher with extensive experience researching health care payment and delivery reform, health care organizations, and intersections with health equity and the safety net. She uses a mix of research methods, from quantitative data and sophisticated statistical modeling to in-depth qualitative site visits. Her work has been supported by NIH, AHRQ, the Commonwealth Fund, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Donaghue Foundation, Arnold Ventures, and The Duke Endowment. Dr. Lewis earned a BA from Rice University and an MA and PhD in sociology from Princeton University. She completed postdoctoral training at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, she was on the faculty of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Valerie Lewis in the Gillings News


  • BA, Sociology, Rice University, 2004
  • MA, Sociology, Princeton University, 2007
  • PhD, Sociology, Princeton University, 2009