Matthew W. Lewis

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Senior Research Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in psychology, University of California, San Diego; M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology, Carnegie Mellon University


Matthew W. Lewis is a senior research scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His work has centered on learning and decisionmaking, with a focus on ways to support those processes in individuals, teams, and organizations.

His current work includes projects exploring how technologies support learning as well as military logistics. Other projects in decisionmaking and logistics support have helped to support U.S. public health emergency preparedness and response, with a focus on best practices in real-time, high-stakes team decisionmaking.

Lewis has also carried out evaluations of education programs and decision support systems in public health, K-12 education, vocational education, and military training domains. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. cum laude from the University of California at San Diego, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Selected Publications

Lewis, M. W., Hackbarth, A. D., Vaughan, C. A., Chan, E. W., Chan, S., Guermonprez, S., Leuschner, K. J., Lotstein, D., Nelson, C., and Ricci, K. A., Meeting the challenges of public health responses to large-scale incidents and events: Analysis and recommendations from an after-action review of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's 2009 H1N1 response, RAND Corporation (TR-866), 2010

Chan, E. W., Fan, C. E., Lewis, M. W., King, K., Dreyer, P., and Nelson, C., The RSS-POD supply chain management game: An exercise for improving the inventory management and distribution of medical countermeasures, RAND Corporation (WR-661-DHHS), 2009

Lewis, M. W., "Analysis of the roles of serious games in helping teach health-realted knowledge, skills, and in changing behavior," Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 1(6), 2007

Newsome, B., Lewis, M. W., & Held, T., Speaking with a commonality language: A lexicon for end-item development, RAND Corporation (TR-481), 2006