Crystal Fuller Lewis, Ph.D.
Dr. Lewis joined NKI in 2015 to head the Division of Social Solutions and Services Research, with a concurrent appointment of Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Lewis earned her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and arrived at NKI after sustaining a successful 15-year NIH-funded research program in the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, focused on explaining and solving the problem of disparities in access to prevention and treatment services among communities of color heavily burdened with substance use, HIV, and HCV. Dr. Lewis’s research has emphasized the study of various forms of stigma and discrimination, incarceration, socially disadvantaged neighborhood conditions, and related chronic and infectious diseases impacting communities experiencing the most challenging social conditions. Through this work, Dr. Lewis has designed and tested several community-based multilevel interventions addressing various social determinants in an effort to increase access and uptake prevention and treatment services within the behavioral health arena.