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Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean; Professor

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
102 A Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079



  • BSN - University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Nursing (magna cum laude), 1972    
  • MS Nursing (Psychiatric-Mental Health/Nursing Education) - University of Minnnesota, 1977
  • PhD - Education (Curriculum and Instructional Systems) - University of Minnesota, 1992


Dr. Lewis has received 19 research grants and seven educational training-program grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Institute of Aging, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and the NIH-Fogarty International Research Collaboration.

Dr. Lewis’ grants have funded research that addresses a number of important issues in nursing and care giving, such as caregiver stress, online caregiver training and development, and testing of Hispanic and African American training programs related to Alzheimer’s disease. Her current research focus is on developing family caregiver skills for the promotion of calm behavior in persons with dementia.


Articles (Refereed, Data based*)

Lewis, M.L., Hobday, J.V., & Hepburn, K.W. (2010). Internet-Based Program for Dementia Caregivers. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias, 25(8), 674-679.

Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Tornatore, J., Wexler Sherman, C., Lindstrom Bremer, K., & Dolloff, J. (2007) The Savvy Caregiver Program: The demonstrated effectiveness of a transportable dementia caregiver psychoeducation program. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 33(3), 30-36.

Lewis, M.L., Hepburn, K.W., Narayan, S., & Kirk, L. (2005). Relationship matters in dementia caregiving. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias, 20(6), 341-347.

Hepburn, K.W., Lewis, M., Narayan, S., Center, B., Tornatore, J., Lindstrom Bremer, K., Kirk, L. (2005). Partners in caregiving: A psychoeducation program affecting dementia family caregivers’ distress and caregiving outlook. Clinical Gerontologist, 29(1), 53-69.

Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Sherman, C.W., & Tornatore, J. (2003). The Savvy caregiver program: Developing and testing a transportable dementia family caregiver training program. The Gerontologist, 43(6), 908-915.

Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Narayan, S., Tornatore, J., Bremer, K., & Sherman, C.  (2002). Discourse-derived perspectives: Differentiating among spouse’s experiences of caregiving.  American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 17(4), 213-226.

Hepburn, K., & Lewis, M. (2002). Effective dementia care: Lessons from a family caregiver training program. Home HealthCare Consultant, 9(4), 10-17.

Narayan, S., Lewis, M., Tornatore, J., Hepburn, K., & Corcoran-Perry, S.  (2001).  Subjective responses to caregiving for a spouse with dementia.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 27(3), 19-28.

Lewis, M., Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., Corcoran-Perry, S., Maddox, M., Lally, R., Dropkin, K., & Haase, S.  (2000). Decision making by family caregivers of elders experiencing dementia.  American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 15(6), 361-366.

Narayan, S., Hepburn, K., Lewis, M., Corcoran-Perry, S.  (2000).  Decision-making focused education as a mediator of family caregiving stress.  Neurobiology of Aging, 21(1S), S269.

Lewis, M., Hepburn, K., Narayan, S., Corcoran-Perry, S., & Lally, R.  (1999).   The Options, outcomes, values, likelihoods decision-making guide for patients and families.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 25(12), 19-25.


  • 2013 Inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses
  • 2010  Team Excellence Award for Accelerated BSN Task Force, NWSHN, Emory University
  • 2010  Selected participant in the Emory Academic Leadership Program
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