Neil Lewis, Jr. is a behavioral, intervention, and meta-scientist at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine, where he is an assistant professor in the department of communication, division of general internal medicine, and graduate field of psychology. Lewis is also a science communicator who writes about the application of social and behavioral science research in policy and practice at FiveThirtyEight and elsewhere. He received his B.A. in economics and psychology from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lewis’s research examines how people’s social contexts and identities influence: (1) how they interpret and make meaning of the world around them, (2) their motivations to pursue their goals and success in goal pursuit efforts, and (3) the implications of these processes for individual and collective outcomes in education, health and environmental sustainability. He is particularly interested in these processes as they relate to broader inequities in society, as well as their implications for the effectiveness of interventions and policies to improve equity in social outcomes.

Lewis has won numerous awards and honors for his research, teaching, and mentoring. Most recently he won the SAGE Young Scholar early career award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2020), the Junior Faculty Champion Award from the Cornell Graduate School for fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in graduate and professional education (2021), and the Cornell CALS Research and Extension Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy (2021).

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