Rhonda K. Lewis, Ph.D.


Title: Professor of Psychology, Department Chair

Lab: Behavioral Community Research & Action Team

Wichita State University, B.A., 1991
University of Kansas, M.A., 1993
University of KS Medical Center, M.P.H., 1996
University of Kansas, Ph.D. 1996

Current Instructor: Introduction to Community Psychology, Psychology of Health and Illness, Leadership Development, Seminar in Prevention, Community Practicum

Research Interests: Adolescent Health and Development, Reducing Health Disparities, Community Development, Program Evaluation


Phone: (316) 978-3695

Office: Jabara Hall Rm 437C

My current research interests are to examine the personal and environmental factors that affect health and development. I am particularly interested in examining the effects of preventive interventions conducted in communities, adolescent pregnancy and the health behaviors of African Americans.

Behavioral Community Research and Action Team: This research team focuses on research and evaluation by collaborating with community-based agencies and organizations to reduce health disparities. Our research team also focuses on adolescent health and development, reducing health disparities and conducing community participatory research. Current Projects Include: Transitions Project, A Focus on Positive Youth Development, Healthy Choices Project. Projects students are working on include: Educational Aspirations, Racial Identity and Emerging Adults, Evaluating a Role Model Program for African American males, and Assessing Empowerment through a Library Program in Nicaragua.

Selected Publications:

  1. Kirk, C. Lewis, R. K., Brown, K., Scott, A., Karibo, B, & Park, E. (in press). The Empowering Schools Project: Identifying the Classroom and School Characteristics that Lead to Student Empowerment. Youth and Society. (PDF)
  2. Lewis, R. K., Lee, F. Brown, K., LoCurto, J., Stowell, D., Maryman, J., Lovelady, T., Williams, G., Morris, D., & McNair, T. (in press). Youth Empowerment Implementation Project Evaluation Results: A Program Designed to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Low Income African American Adolescents. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.
  3. Kirk, C., Lewis, R.K. (2015). Sense of Community on an Urban Commuter Campus: Implications for College Retention and Student Development. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 20, 45-60.
  4. Carmack, C., Lewis, R. K., & Roncancio, A. (2015). Get the Message: Targeting Beliefs to Develop Risk Reduction Intervention Messages for African American Adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology. (PDF)
  5. Kirk, C.M., Lewis, R. K., Nilsen, C., & Colvin, D. (in press). The Educational Aspirations and Expectations of Youth from the Foster Care System. Youth and Society. (PDF)
  6. Redmond, M., & Lewis, R. K. (2014). Are there gender differences in perceived sexual self-efficacy among African American adolescents? Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 7, 1-12.
  7. Stowell, D., Lewis, R. K., Kirk, C., Lee, F., Ramos, L., Haynes, S., & Hicks, R., (2013). Making Healthy Choices: An Assessment of Health Behaviors of Adolescents Participating in a Pre-College Program. American Journal of Health Studies, 28, 2, 77-83.
  8. Kirk, C. M., Lewis-Moss, R. K., Nilsen, C., & Colvin, D. Q. (2011). The role of parent expectations on adolescent educational aspirations. Education Studies, 37(1), 89-99. (PDF)
  9. Lee, F., Lewis, R. K., Sly, J., Roberts, S. Carmack, C.. & Basore, P. (2011). Promoting Positive Youth Development by Examining the Career and Educational Aspirations of African American Males: Implications for Educational Programs. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 39, 299-309. (PDF)
  10. Lewis, R. K., Lee, F., & Kirk, C. (2011). Substance Use Among African American Adolescents in the Midwest. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 39, 289-298. (PDF)
  11. Lewis, R. K., Sly, J. (2011). Health Behaviors of African American Emerging Adult Males. Journal of Black Masculinity: Special Issue: African Americans and Public Health, 2, 84-102. (PDF)
  12. Paschal, A. M., Lewis-Moss, R. K., & Hsiao, T. (2011). Perceived Fatherhood Roles and Parenting Behaviors Among African American Teen Fathers. Journal of Adolescent Research, 26(1), 61-83. (PDF)
  13. Lewis-Moss, R. K., Carmack, C., Sly, J., Roberts, S., & Wilson, K. (2010). Baseline Results of the Self-Reported Sexual Behaviors of -Midwestern African American Adolescents. Journal of Black Studies, 40, 717-725. (PDF)
  14. Paschal, A. M., Lewis-Moss, R. K., Sly, J., & White, B. J. (2010). Addressing Health Disparities Among African Americans: Using the Stages of Change Model to Document Attitudes and Decisions About Nutrition and Physical Activity. Journal of Community Health, 35, 10-17. (PDF)