Karyn Lewis, PhD


Karyn Lewis is director of the Center for School and Student Progress at NWEA where she leads a team of researchers who operate at the intersection of K-12 education research, practice, and policy. Her research interests focus on the interplay between students’ academic achievement and growth, their social-emotional development and well-being, and how they experience their school’s climate. Prior to joining NWEA, she was a senior researcher at Education Northwest/REL Northwest where she led a diverse portfolio of applied research, technical assistance, and evaluation projects centered around social-emotional learning. Dr. Lewis is a former Data Fellow with the Strategic Data Project at the Harvard Center for Education Policy Research. She completed a National Science Foundation funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Boulder and earned a PhD from the University of Oregon in social psychology.