Carol M. Lewis, PhD, is director of the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, and departmental review chair for research proposals involving the use of human participants. She completed her Ph.D. in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and then managed a number of research projects at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work before filling her current position of director.

Lewis’s research primarily focuses on interventions that facilitate planned families. She believes that helping young adults be intentional about when to have children is prevention on a large scale and has the potential to reduce poverty, child abuse, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, family violence, and more.

Lewis has been involved in research and program evaluation projects for the Office of Adolescent Health, a division of the U.S. Office of Populations Affairs.  ne such project involved conducting a five-year assessment of an intensive case management program for low-income adolescent parents administered in collaboration with a medical clinic and three community-based social service agencies.

Lewis has also collaborated with Austin Public Health to evaluate peer-led implementation of evidence-based curricula in middle and high schools in Austin. There are some key advantages to having adolescents present information on reproductive health; Lewis and her partners are investigating how to enhance these benefits.

Outside the university, Lewis serves on the Board of the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, sponsor of Move IT!, an outreach movement program for adolescents. Move IT! provides a therapeutic experience by focusing on each participant’s creative and movement capabilities.

Professional Interests

Research administration; adolescent pregnancy prevention; intensive case management for adolescent parents; reproductive health; research design; program evaluation.