Carol M. Lewis, Ph.D.

Carol M. Lewis, Ph.D.

Director, Office of the Associate Dean for Research

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 coordinated a number of research projects at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work before filling the 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 child abuse, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, family violence, poverty, and more.

Over the past decade, Lewis has been involved in research and program evaluation for Adolescent Family Life Demonstration Projects awarded from the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, a division of the US Office of Populations Affairs. Most recently, she conducted a 5-year assessment of an intensive case management program for low-income adolescent parents administered in collaboration between a medical clinic and three community-based social service agencies.

Outside of the university, Lewis serves on the Board of the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, the sponsor of New Arts Kinnections (NAK), an outreach movement program. NAK is based at The Settlement Home in Austin, a treatment facility for emotionally disturbed foster girls and adolescents. NAK provides a therapeutic experience by focusing on each participant’s creative and movement capabilities.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

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


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University



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Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 3.208F
STOP D3510
Austin, TX 78712-0358