Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean; Professor

Dean Marsha Lewis.

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

PHONE: 716-829-3221

Dean Lewis is a specialist in psychiatric-mental health and nursing education, with expertise in curriculum and instructional systems.  Her research focuses on family caregivers of persons with dementia and on decision making for patients and families. She works with an interdisciplinary team in nursing, gerontology, family social science, psychology and occupational therapy. 

Lewis' research has included group interventions to decrease caregiver stress and burden, creation of a decision making tool for family caregivers, development of online caregiver training to accommodate caregivers who are unable to leave their family member to attend group sessions, and expansion of the caregiver intervention to Hispanic and African American populations, as well as to family caregivers in India. 

Most recently, she is co-investigator on a three-year NIH R01 grant to develop a web-based system that uses distance education methods along with manuals and protocols to train, certify and monitor the performance of interventionists to deliver the Savvy Caregiver program (Savvy), an evidence-based dementia family caregiver psychoeducation program.