Yale University

Heather Cole-Lewis, M.P.H., Ph.D.

  • Behavioral Scientist, Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, Inc.
  • Former Predoctoral Fellow, CIRA


Through the fellowship, Dr. Cole-Lewis was able to spend 2 months in Sierra Leone, West Africa researching the state of the prenatal care system in Freetown, Sierra Leone in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Additionally, she traveled to Vientiane, Laos with the Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies to co-facilitate the national meetings on the development of an Early Childhood Development Policy in conjunction with UNICEF and the Laos Ministries of Health, Children, and Social Justice. Furthermore, Heather collaborated with others at Yale, to validate a national hospital satisfaction survey in Ethiopia. As statistical analyst, Heather utilized the skills gained in coursework at YSPH, leading to a publication in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. She collaborated with other pre-doctoral fellows on a manuscript published in American Journal of Public Health about the intergenerational cycle of teenage fatherhood, and in 2010 published a systematic review on the use of mobile phone text messaging as a tool for disease management and prevention in Epidemiologic Reviews with CIRA co-author and mentor, Dr. Trace Kershaw. As this review was one of the first of its kind, Heather has been recognized as a thought leader in the field of mobile health (mHealth).

Following completion of her dissertation, which explored the relationship between pregnancy anxiety and preterm birth in urban adolescent pregnant women, Heather was awarded a National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Columbia University, Department of Biomedical Informatics. She is currently a Behavioral Scientist at Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions where she contributes to efforts to design, implement, and evaluate technological solutions to that improve health outcomes.