Neil Lewis, Jr. is Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior with graduate faculty appointments in Communication and Psychology at Cornell University, and Assistant Professor of Communication Research in Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also a Faculty Fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and Faculty Affiliate of the Cornell Behavioral Economics and Decision Research Center, Center for Health Equity, Center for the Study of Inequality, 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 is one of the authors of Science Magazine’s “Letters To Young Scientists” column and is on the Editorial Boards of Perspectives on Psychological Science and Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. He previously co-edited the Michigan Journal of Sustainability and a special issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Lewis’s research examines how the interplay between people’s identities and social contexts influence people’s motivation to pursue their goals, and their success in goal pursuit efforts. He most often studies these processes in the domains of education, health, and environmental sustainability, in hopes that a better understanding of situated identity-based motivation processes can provide useful insights for developing interventions to help people achieve their goals. He is particularly interested developing and scaling interventions that have the potential to reduce disparities in education, health, and environmental outcomes.
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