Lisa LewisFaculty Director
Dr. Lisa M. Lewis is an Associate Professor with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Africana Studies. She has taught at Penn since 2005 and has lived in the College House system since 2007. Before joining Gregory College House as its Faculty Master, she served as a Faculty Fellow in Hill College House. 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 1991. 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.
A behavioral scientist, Lisa has an active research program focused on reducing racial disparities in blood pressure control. With a focus on urban and underserved populations who are living with high blood pressure, she investigates barriers and facilitators of their adherence to treatment. She also has expertise in the development and testing of community-based health interventions targeted at improving the behavioral management of high blood pressure using settings such as faith-based organizations to deliver these health interventions. As an educator, her main focus is to prepare nursing students who provide health care to diverse populations and regularly provides lectures on topics related to health disparities including spirituality, patient adherence to treatment and high blood pressure.
Lisa was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City to Caribbean parents who emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago. So, from time to time, you may hear the sounds of calypso and reggae music coming from her apartment. She is a dancer at heart and, not having the opportunity to take dance lessons in her childhood, began taking adult ballet lessons a few years ago. While she has always enjoyed cooking, Lisa only recently learned to bake cookies and you will likely find her inviting you over to her apartment to discuss issues related to diversity (among other topics) over these tasty treats.