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Neil Lewis, Jr.

Associate Professor
Neil Lewis, Jr

Neil Lewis, Jr. is a behavioral scientist who studies the motivational, behavioral, and equity implications of social interventions and policies. Lewis’s research examines how people’s social contexts and identities influence how they make sense of the world around them, and the implications of those meaning-making processes for their motivation to pursue a variety of goals in life. He is particularly interested in using insights from research findings to improve educational, health, and environmental outcomes for individuals and societies.

Lewis is a Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine. He is also an associate professor in the department of communication, division of general internal medicine, and graduate field of psychology. In addition, Lewis co-founded and co-directs Cornell’s Action Research Collaborative, an institutional hub that brings together researchers, practitioners, community members, and policymakers to collaborate on projects and initiatives to address pressing issues in society. 

Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, Lewis 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.

About Neil Lewis, Jr