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Jarrett Lewis


Jarrett Lewis is an assistant professor in the Counseling Psychology and Developmental Sciences divisions of the Department of Educational Psychology. He obtained a PhD in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University. Prior to coming to UIUC, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in trauma psychology at Rush University Medical Center in the Section of Community and Behavioral Health.

Dr. Lewis' research agenda is centered on delineating the mechanisms through which Black/African Americans experience and recover from psychological trauma due to violence and racism. Specifically, he is interested in the development of culturally informed, school and community-based interventions designed to ameliorate the negative effects of violent and racial trauma and foster mental wellness and radical hope among Black/African American youth and young adults. Additionally, he has specific interests in exploring the relation of gender expression (i.e., masculinity) and racial identity to the adoption of healing practices among Black/African American boys and men in non-traditional clinical settings.

Dr. Lewis will be reviewing applications for Fall 2024 admission.

Lab website:

Trauma Race Identity and Development (TRIAD) Lab

Key Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Affiliate, Center for Social and Behavioral Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology, DePaul University, 2020

M.A., Clinical Psychology, DePaul University, 2016

M.S., Psychology, University of Memphis, 2012

B.S., Psychology, Jackson State University, 2010


Katsonga-Phiri, T., Lewis, J. T., Murray, M., DuBois, D. L., & Grant, K. E. (2021). Mental health interventions for African children: A meta-analytic review. Children and Youth Services Review, 127, Article 106096.  link >

Lewis, J. T., Parra, G. R., & Cohen, R. (2015). Apologies in Close Relationships: A Review of Theory and Research. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 7(1), 47-61.  link >

Askew, J., Jones-Wiley, D. G., Lewis, J., & Lee, H. B. (2008). A Psychometric Evaluation of African-American Attitudes Toward Capital Punishment and War. Psychology Journal, 5(4), 178-189.

Askew, J., Jones-Wiley, D. G., Lewis, J., Restori, A. F., & Lee, H. B. (2008). A psychometric evaluation of an existing attitude scale toward education. North American Journal of Psychology, 10, 413-424.


EPSY 419: Counseling Psychology Pre-Practicum (EPSY 419) Study of basic helping skills and professional ethics in professional psychology. The course links theory with practice, as students engage in the exploration of new helping skills and learn to analyze their developing counseling style and performance; includes an examination of relevant ethical standards and counseling theories, and their application in a multicultural context. Discussion and experiential activities are supplemented by films, videotapes, and case studies. Primarily for counseling psychology graduate students, though other students in programs with a mental health focus may be admitted with the consent of the instructor if space is available.

EPSY 515: Multicultural Counseling (EPSY 515) Overview of multicultural counseling theory, empirical research, and practice; includes didactic as well as experiential learning components. The goal of the course is to enhance students' multicultural counseling competencies, with regard to developing: (a) appropriate knowledge of specific cultural groups and sociopolitical issues, (b) cultural self-awareness, and (c) multiculturally relevant intervention skills.

EPSY 520: Counseling Psychology Practicum (EPSY 520) Intensive supervised experiences in applied educational psychology; use of a wide variety of diagnostic and observational techniques and treatment. Students may take more than one section.

EPSY 521: Group Counseling (EPSY 521) Study of the principles of group process and their application in institutional and other settings; includes a review of the historical development of group processes and study of pertinent research; discussion and experiential activities are supplemented by films, videotapes, and case studies.

EPSY 590: Advanced Seminar in Educational Psychology (EPSY 590) Seminar in educational psychology; topics relate to the areas of specialization represented by the various divisions within the department.