Jennifer Lewis

Clinical Associate Professor

Integrated health and mental health expert, focusing on HIV, suicide prevention, stress, trauma and resilience.

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Jennifer Lewis
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Rank:  Clinical Teaching
Department:  Adult Mental Health and Wellness

Jennifer Lewis

Clinical Associate Professor

Integrated health and mental health expert, focusing on HIV, suicide prevention, stress, trauma and resilience.

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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 2008

Boston University

MSW 1997

Boston University

BA 1994

Area of Expertise

  • Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health
  • Adults and Healthy Aging
  • Health

Industry Experience

  • Writing and Editing
  • Health Care - Services
  • Health Care - Facilities
  • Health and Wellness
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Program Development
  • Mental Health Care
  • Health Care - Providers
  • Education/Learning

Research Interest

  • Children & Families
  • Mental Health

Grand Challenges

Close the Health Gap

Focused on reducing health disparities by through improving systems of integrated health and mental health care

Articles & Publications


• 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.


Research Focus

Peer Reviewed Presentations
Invited Presentations and Workshops

Research Grants

Research Grants

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 Submitted Proposals: 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 Submitted Proposals: 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 Principal Investigator Doctoral Dissertation: Eco-systemic resilience among individuals who identify as genderqueer 2001-2002 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY/ PENN STATE UNIVERSITY Research Interviewer NIMH funded gay youth and suicide 1999- 2000 NEW YORK STATE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE Research Interviewer Suicide and youth 1999-200 MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN Research Interviewer HIV and grief

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Professional Memberships, Certificates and Licenses
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Current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA) Current National Association of Social Workers Current Council on Social Work Education Current Society for Social Work Research

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Courses Taught

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)

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