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Lisa M. Lewis PhD, RN, FAAN

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Dr. Lisa M. Lewis joined the Penn Faculty in 2005. She is the inaugural Calvin Bland Fellow, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In 2018 she was appointed as the Faculty Director for Penn’s College Houses & Academic Services, where she provides the academic leadership for Penn’s 13 college houses. For the past 17 years, Lisa has conducted research to reduce racial disparities in high blood pressure in the Black community by examining factors associated with hypertension self-management. Her most recent work is testing an innovative and interdisciplinary diversion program to reduce incarceration rates among Black men by addressing their health, education and social needs. She has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students in health disparities research.

In recognition of her dedication to teaching and mentorship, she received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching University of Pennsylvania and the Trustees' Council of Penn Women's 25th Anniversary Award for Excellence in Advising in 2019. Dr. Lewis was appointed a Penn Fellow in 2015, is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), American Heart Association (AHA), and member at large for the CVSN Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association. Lisa earned a PhD in Nursing, along with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002, an MA in Nursing Education from New York University in 1998, and a BSN from Syracuse University in 1992.  She previously held a faculty position at Teachers College, Columbia University and has clinical experience working at Mount Sinai Medical Center (NYC) and as a public health nurse for the New York City Department of Health.