Neil Lewis, Jr. is a behavioral, intervention, and meta-scientist at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine, where he is an assistant professor in the department of communication, division of general internal medicine, and graduate field of psychology. Lewis is also a science communicator who writes and speaks about the application of social and behavioral science research in policy and practice at FiveThirtyEight and elsewhere. Lewis received his B.A. in economics and psychology from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Lewis’s research examines how people’s social contexts and identities influence their motivation to pursue their goals, and their success in goal pursuit efforts. He is particularly interested in the implications of these processes for inequity in education, health, and environmental outcomes, as well as their implications for the efficacy of interventions and policies to improve equity in these and other intersecting domains. For this research, Lewis won the SAGE Young Scholar early career award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.