Matthew W. Lewis

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


B.A. in developmental psychology and education, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D. and M.A. in cognitive psychology, complex skill acquisition, 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 in which technology can support those processes in individuals, teams, and organizations.

His current work includes projects exploring how technologies and simulation tools can support improvement in knowledge and complex skill acquisition in collaborative teams.This includes applications of “serious games” and virtual environments to train police officers in use-of-force and Army personnel in complex environments.  Earlier projects in decisionmaking and logistics havemulation tools can support improvement in knowledge and skill acquisition as well as improve logistics processes.  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. from the University of California at San Diego as well as an elementary education teaching credential.

Recent Projects

  • Using Virtual Training Capabilities to ENHANCE Collective Training
  • Equity in Competency Education: Realizing the Potential, Overcoming the Obstacles
  • Tailored, “Lean Equipping” Strategies for USAR Units: Assessing Opportunities to Improve Readiness and Reduce Costs

Selected Publications

Lewis, M. W., Eden, R. A., Garber, C., Rudnick, M., Santibañez, L., Tsai, T, "Competency-Based Education: Equity Concerns and Potential Mitigations," Prepared for the Jobs for the Future, Students at the Center, 2014

Susan G. Straus, Matthew W. Lewis, Kathryn Conner, Rick Eden, Matthew E. Boyer, Timothy Marler, Christopher M. Carson, Geoffrey E. Grimm, Heather Smigowski, Virtual Collective Training in the U.S. Army: User Interface Fidelity, Costs, and Training Effectiveness, RAND Corporation (RR-2855-A), 2017 (forthcoming)

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Mentorship Award for Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department, 2016
  • Inaugural RAND “Technology Showcase” winning team lead: “Serious Games as Platforms for Training, Research and Policy Development for Crisis Decision Making, 2011
  • RAND “Gold Award” for research with significant innovation and impact, 2010