Neil Lewis, Jr. is a behavioral, intervention, and meta-scientist. He is also a science communicator who writes and speaks about the application of social and behavioral science research in practice and policy.
Lewis is an assistant professor of communication and social behavior at Cornell University with graduate faculty appointments in Communication and Psychology. He also holds a joint appointment in the Weill Cornell Medical College Division of General Internal Medicine as assistant professor of communication research in medicine. He is a faculty affiliate of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Behavioral Economics and Decision Research Center, Center for Health Equity, Center for the Social Sciences, and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
Lewis is a first-generation college graduate. He earned his B.A. in Economics and Psychology at Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan.
Lewis’s research examines how people’s social contexts and identities influence their motivation to pursue their goals, and their success in goal pursuit efforts. He studies these processes most often in the domains of education, health, and environmental sustainability, in hopes that the knowledge generated from this research can provide useful insights for developing interventions to help people achieve their education, health, and sustainability-related goals.
In addition to his faculty roles, Lewis is one of the authors of Science Magazine‘s “Letters To Young Scientists” professional development column which provides career advice to new scientists, and he is an assistant director of the Psychological Science Accelerator – a globally distributed network of psychology laboratories that conducts studies in over 70 countries on all six populated continents. He is also an associate editor of Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, a consulting editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science and an editorial board member of Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy and Communication Methods and Measures; he previously co-edited the Michigan Journal of Sustainability and a special issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Lewis recently became an academic contributor at Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, where he will write about the use of social and behavioral science in policy and practice.
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