Jennifer Lewis is an experienced mental health clinician with a passion towards transdisciplinary care. She is adept at conducting and teaching neurobiologically informed evidence based practices. She translates those clinical skills to develop, implement and evaluate innovative mezzo level programs within health care organizations and creates innovative solutions to wicked societal problems. As a professor in the Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work she promotes integrated social work curriculum and has been a leader in the vertical and horizontal mapping of the school's curriculum as Vice Chair of Curriculum Council, Chair of the Adult Mental Health and Wellness Department Curriculum Committee, University Task Force on Interdisciplinary Communities and as a Center for Excellence in Teaching Fellow.
Before entering academia, Lewis was the Chief of Social Work at University of California, San Diego, Health System Department of Pediatrics Infectious Disease where she authored and implemented a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants for HIV-positive mothers who are abusing substances to prevent the abuse, neglect and abandonment of children. She was Program Director at Southwest Center for HIV and AIDS, where she authored and oversaw Ryan White funding for programming for HIV-positive men, women and youth. She worked for the O’Connor House with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Avon Program for Women and Justice addressing interpersonal violence. She was the Director of Mental Health and Social Services at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, New York City's only LGBT health clinic. She is the owner of Mosaic Psychotherapy, LLC, a psychotherapy practice that provides consulting and counseling services to individuals and families.
She is currently working on research on opioid abuse in collaboration with the Dornsife Center for Self Report Science and Center for Economic and Social Research, and qualitative research with individuals who are "Not Parent Expected". She recently published a book, with her co-author and Founder of the Bridge Rail Foundation, Organizing for Suicide Prevention: a case study at the Golden Gate Bridge (2020) San Diego, CA. Cognella Inc.
New York University: PhD, Social Work 2008
Boston University: MSW, Clinical Social Work 1997
Boston University: BA, Psychology 1994
Areas of Expertise (4)
Adults and Healthy Aging
Industry Expertise (10)
Writing and Editing
Health Care - Services
Health Care - Facilities
Health and Wellness
Mental Health Care
Health Care - Providers
Grand Challenges (1)
Close the Health Gap
Focused on reducing health disparities by through improving systems of integrated health and mental health care
Research, Publications & Presentations (2)
Peer Reviewed Presentations
•Lewis, J. & Harper, B. 2019 Lilly Conference on Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning, Aneheim, CA. Supporting diverse learners: teaching emotional self- regulation in the classroom.
•Lewis, J. & Harper, B. Hawaii International Conference on Education. Supporting Vulnerable Students: techniques for Teaching Emotion Self-Regulation to Adult Learners in the Classroom. January 2019.
•Lewis & Roeschlein. USC Institute for Integrated Health. 2018
•Lewis. Society of Social Work Research. The Evaluation of an Integrated Care Model to Promote Family Functioning and Health Among Substance Using HIV-Positive Mothers. March 2018,
• Lewis, J. & Harper, BSocial Work Distance Education Conference. . Clinical practice skill acquisition in a virtual learning environment. April 2017
•CSWE Annual Program Meeting Integrating Compassion Cultivation training into the social work classroom. 2017
•Zaleski, K. Joosten, D. & Lewis, J. CSWE- Pedagological Shifts in Health and Behavioral Health Curricula.
• Fitzgerald, Harper, Lewis CSWE APM False Empathy? The White Racial Frame and the Social Work Empathy Gap. October 20-22
•Poster. Transdisciplinary Training for those working with co-occurring disorders. 28th Annual Meeting And Scientific Symposium American Academy of Addition Psychiatry
•Lewis, J., Roeschlein, A, Valdez, K, Pellechia, K, Pepper, N. & Huerta, M. (2016) CWLA 2016 National Conference Substance Abuse. Preventing neglect, abuse and abandonment among families impacted by HIV and substance abuse: A multi-disciplinary approach infused with trauma informed practices.
•Lewis, J., Valdez, K. & Saffir, J. (2016) NASW Conference – Adapting Seeking Safety to Enhance Cultural Sensitivity: A pilot walking group for families with HIV.
•Lewis, J. & Valdez, K. (2015). San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment 2016 San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. Families First- Enhancing the safety, permanency and well-being of children at risk of abuse, neglect and abandonment among families impacted by HIV: Preliminary results of a federally funded, evidence-based, integrated medical, mental health, substance abuse treatment program for HIV positive women
•Lewis, J., Pellecchia, K., & Roeschlein, A. (2015). Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. Integrated Care: The implementation of evidence-based medical, mental health, substance abuse treatment program for HIV + mothers
Invited Presentations and Workshops
2019- Current USC Panel Moderator/ Co-Organizer: Nursing and Social Work IPE
2018- Current USC Hearing Voices That Are Distressing
2019 USC Panel Moderator: Social Workers in Private Practice
2016 AIA Virtual Grantees Meeting. Lessons Learned on Creating and Implementing an Integrated Service Delivery Model for Families Affected by HIV.
2016 San Diego Clinical Social Work Society- Clinical Practice with Transgendered adults
2016 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles- Transitional Youth
Summer 2015 Guest Presentation: Union of Pan Asian Communities
Spring 2015 AIA: Retention in Care
Spring 2015 AIA: Using Peers in reduce Improve Parenting
Spring 2015 Guest Presentation: California Society for Clinical Social Work: San Diego District
Spring 2015 San Diego Ryan White Part D Planning Council
Fall 2014 HIV Planning Council Presentation- HIV Youth Leadership Council White Paper
Research Grants (1)
2020 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
“Not Parent Expected” Qualitative Research Study, Co-PI
2019 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
University Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant, PI Keck
2017 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
AMHW Department Pilot Grant, PI
2016 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
SAMHSA SM-16-005, Co-Investigator
OA LOI RFA15-10916, Co-Investigator
National Foundation for Suicide Prevention, PI
NIH R01 Transitional Youth, Co-Investigator
2015 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
NIH Adolescent Trials Network, Co-Investigator
NIH R34 Transitional Youth, Co-Investigator
CFAR Developmental Grant Dignity Therapy, Co-Principal Investigator
AFSP Letter of Intent, Principal Investigator
2012-2016 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
Co-Investigator and Project Director
Health and Human Services HRSA ACYF CB
2015-2016 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Cluster Research Pedagogy. Co-Principal Investigator
2014-2015 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Pedagogy Research, Co-Investigator
2011- 2014 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Doctoral Dissertation: Eco-systemic resilience among individuals who identify as genderqueer
2001-2002 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY/ PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
NIMH funded gay youth and suicide
1999- 2000 NEW YORK STATE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE
Suicide and youth
1999-200 MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN
Research Interviewer HIV and grief
Professional Experience & Partnerships (1)
Professional Memberships, Certificates and Licenses
Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA)
Current National Association of Social Workers
Current Council on Social Work Education
Current Society for Social Work Research
SOWK 647: Advanced Clinical Practice (On Ground and VAC. Course Lead/ Contributed to Development)
SOWK 643: Social Work Practice in Integrated Care Settings (On Ground and VAC. Course Lead/ Course Developer)
SOWK: 635: Social Work Research Adults and Healthy Aging
SOWK 546: Science of Social Work (Course Developer)
SOWK 590: Directed Research
SOWK 696: LGBT Psycho/Social/Political Issues (VAC; Contributed to Development)
DSW Capstone Advisor (Course Lead/ Course Developer)
DSW 722/ 724: Implementing Your Capstone
SOWK 505 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SOWK 543 Social Work Practice with Individuals (Ground and VAC; Contributed to Development)
SOWK 545 Social Work Practice with Families and Groups
SOWK 546 Science of Social Work
SOWK 544 Social Work Practice with Families and Groups (Contributed to Development)
SOWK 590 Directed Research
SOWK 600 Assessment the Social Work Practice (Ground and VAC)
SOWK 605 Human Behavior and Mental Health
SOWK 606 Neuropsychological Development
SOWK 612 Assessment and Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
SOWK 625 Evaluation and Evaluation of Research in Mental Health Settings (Ground and VAC)
SOWK 635 Research in Adults and Healthy Aging
SOWK 645 Clinical Practice in Mental Health Settings
SOWK 643 Supervision in Social Service Agencies (Lead Instructor/ Course Developer)
SOWK 621 Social Work Practice with Adolescents, Young Adults and their Families (Contributed to Development)
Research Articles & Publications (1)
• Lewis, J. & Mueller, P. (2020). Suicide Prevention at the Golden Gate Bridge: A casebook for means restriction. Cognella, Inc.
• Maiden. The Transformation of Social Work Education through Virtual Learning. Book Chapter (2019).
• Lewis, J. , Pellecchia, K. Roeschlein, A. and Zuniga, M. (2017) Conjoint treatment” A novel approach to target the syndemic conditions of trauma, substance abuse among women living with HIV. Southern Medical Journal
• Araque, J., Zalesky, K, Lewis, J. Haper, B. Sela-Amit M. (2006) The role of empathy in social work graduate students: An exploratory research study. Contemporary Behavioral Health Care.
• Lewis, J. (2016). Ecosystemic Resilience Among Masculine Transgender Adults Who Identify as Genderqueer. Transgender Health.
MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS
• Lewis, Harper, B., Grethel, Schoenberg, JSWE. (2020, under review). Managing the At Risk Student: Techniques for teaching emotional self-regulation to MSW students in the classroom.