Lab: Behavioral Community Research & Action Team

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

Wichita State University, B.A., 1991

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


Academic Interests and Expertise

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.

Areas of Research Interest

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


Selected Publications:

  1. Thomas, G., Lewis, R. K. Brown, K., Maryman, J., LoCurto, J., Ojeda-Leitner, D., Dean, A., Bey, A. & Redmond, M. (in press) Breast Cancer Treatment Experiences of Witness of Kansas Project Participants. Journal of the National Medical Association.
  2. Lewis, R.K. (2019). Mental health issues in crisis: Let’s talk about solutions. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. http://doi.org/10.1080/10852352.2019.1654261
  3. DeDeaux, J. & Lewis, R. K. (2019). Does the Physical and Mental Health of Veterans differ by Military Branch? Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.
    DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2019.1654260.
  4. Stowell, D., Lewis, R. K., & Brooks, K. (2019). Perceived stress, substance use, and mental health issues among college students in the Midwest. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2019.1654263
  5. Ormond, A., Barbour, R., Lewis, R. K, Montgomery, A., & Ponds (2019).  A. Results from a community mental health assessment in a historically black church: A call for action. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. DOI:10.1080/10852352.2019.1654

  6. Ojeda-Leitner, D., & Lewis, R. K. (2019) Assessing health-related stereotype threats and mental healthcare experiences among a LGBT sample. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2019.165426

  7. Crabtree, E., Brest, B., & Lewis, R. K. (2019). An examination of suicidality of African American adolescents at a local and national level. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2019.1654259

  8. Clifford, D., Freund, N. M., Douglas, J.A. Siwierka, J., Turosak, A., Lewis, R. K., Drum, J., Ojeda-Leitner, D., Chinnes, A.C., and Keller, P. (2017). Using the community psychology competencies to address sexual assault on a college campus. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 8, 1-34.

  9. Lewis, R. K. and Huynh, M. (2017). Mental Health Provisions, Religion, Politics, and Guns: College Students Express their Concerns. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture. 20, 756-765. 10.1080/13674676.2017.1397615.

  10. Carmack, C., & Lewis, R. K. (2016). Assessing Whether Religious Behaviors and Positive and Negative Affect are Associated with Alcohol Use and Abuse among a Sample of College Students Living in the Midwest. Journal of Religion and Health. DOI 10.1007/s 10943-016-0214-y

  11. Brown, K., Lewis, R. K., Baumgartner, E., Schunn, C., Maryman, J., & LoCurto, J. (2016). Exploring the Chronicity of stress among Black women who have experienced perinatal death: A life course-informed phenomenological study. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

  12. Carmack, C., Lewis, R. K., Roncancio, A., & Gerechi, L. (2016). Guidelines for construct measurement yielding unexpected higher-order constructs: An application for the theory of planned behavior applied to condom use. American Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 3, 25-33.