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Marva L. Lewis, PhD
Marva L. Lewis, PhD
Areas of Expertise:
- PhD in Sociocultural Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
- MA in Sociocultural Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
- BA in Psychology from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Dr. Lewis' program of research focuses on the development of culturally valid research methods and measures of racism-based stress during pregnancy, Colorism in African American families, and parental acceptance or rejection of children. Specifically her basic and applied research includes:
- Basic research on racism-based stress as an unrecognized factor in racial disparities in perinatal infant outcomes in African American women.
- Applied research using narrative therapy techniques and measures to strengthen African American family intergenerational relationships based on issues of Colorism as a legacy of the historical trauma of slavery.
- The prevention and reduction of child abuse and neglect and strengthening parent-child attachment through the use of the hair combing task, and a parent-education curriculum, Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair, for use with a community-based parent support group using visualization methods and peer support, infant mental health concepts and techniques.
- The development of an evidenced-based tool for use by individuals, organizations, and groups on the topic of Diversity, Privilege and Oppression.
2016-2017. Pilot Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair: A hybrid on-line community-based parent group. $9,000. Carol Lavin-Berneck Foundation, M. Lewis & K. Theall Co-PI’s.
2015-2018. The Natural Connections Center for Research & Training. Institute for Mental Hygiene, New Orleans, Louisiana $81,000. M. L. Lewis, Principal Investigator.
2015. Hair Combing Interaction and Parent-Child Bonding: The Dollhouse Study. MerrillPalmer Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, $1,000 M. Lewis & A. Stacks Co- PIs.
2015-2016. The Parent Café & Miranda’s Green Hair Puppet Show, Dean’s Research Enhancement Fund, Tulane University, $4,000, M. Lewis, PI.
2013. Collat Media Intern Award, Newcomb College Institute. Funding for undergraduate intern to create The Early Connections Project, Facilitator Training Video. $3,000, M L. Lewis Principal Investigator.
Lewis, M. L. (Under review). 4380 Opportunities to Connect. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.
Curriculum & Training Guides: Lewis, M. L. & Beaseley, C. (June, 2017) The Ubuntu Program for Emotional Wellness, Take Action for Health, a collaboration among Anthem, Inc., City of Hope, the National Urban League and Pfizer, Inc. takeactionforhealth.org.
Crawford, D. E. & Lewis, M. L. (August, 2017). The Role of Hair Combing Interaction in Caregiver-Child Attachment: Talk, Touch & Listen. Training Curriculum for Clinicians. Unpublished Manuscript. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
Lewis, M. L. (Under review). Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair: Facilitator’s Manual. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.
Ashing, K. T., Lewis, M. L., Walker, V. (2017). Attending to Children’s Wellbeing after Witnessing Race-Based Violence. Journal of the American Medical Association. doi: 10:1001/jamapediatrics2017.0137
Community Involvement / Board Positions
- 2017 to 2019 President of the Louisiana Infant Mental Health Association
- 2010- present Editorial Board for World Infant Mental Health Journal
- 2008 Developed syllabus and taught Module 1, Foundational Social Work Concepts for Psychosocial Issues for People Living with HIV-AIDS as part of Tulane School of Social Work Certificate in collaboration with the Independent University of Kigali, Rwanda, Africa.
- 2014- present Advisory Board Member of Zero to Three National Safe Babies Court Teams.
- 2014-present SAMSA National grant reviewer.
- 2005 present Consulting Editor, Peer reviewer for Child Development, Journal of Black Psychology, and Journal of Family Psychology, Infant Mental Health Journal, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry