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Dwight William Lewis Jr., PhD, MBA

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Public Health
Epidemiology Department
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
LHL 408
Phone: (205) 975-8694
Fax: (205) 934-8665
Full CV

Dr. Lewis has been a postdoctoral trainee at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) since December 2012. He received his bachelor of science, master of arts, master of business administration, and doctor of philosophy from The University of Alabama. While earning his graduate degrees, Dr. Lewis worked as a graduate assistant and adjunct instructor for the Departments of Health Science and Academic Success. His educational areas of focus were health promotion and business intelligence. Dr. Lewis’ doctoral dissertation focused on body image among African American collegiate athletes with emphasis on its association with exercise dependence, orthorexia nervosa, and other eating disorders.

Dr. Lewis’ primary areas of research focus are socioeconomic health disparities, cardiometabolic risk among African American males, and body composition. This has led to projects where Dr. Lewis and other NORC colleagues have investigated weight underestimation, socioeconomic status, body composition (5R01HL107916), and other prospective randomized analyses (NCT02048774). Dr. Lewis also serves as the journal club coordinator of UAB’s Vascular Biology and Hypertension Training Program.


  • 2014
  1. Lewis Jr DW, Archer E, Allison DB (2014). The plausible health benefits of nuts: associations, causal conclusions, and informed decisions. Am J Clin Nutr. [PMID: 24871473]
  2. Durant NH, Joseph RP, Cherrington A, Cuffee Y, Knight B, Lewis Jr DW, Allison JJ (2014). Recommendations for a culturally relevant Internet-based tool to promote physical activity among overweight young African American women, Alabama, 2010-2011. Prev Chronic Dis, 11: 130169. [doi: 10.5888/pcd11.130169] [PMCID: PMC3899848]
  3. Lewis Jr DW (2014). Re: Impact of peer review on reports of randomised trials published in open peer review journals: retrospective before and after study. BMJ 2014; 349. [doi: 10.1136/bmj.g4145]
  4. Lewis Jr DW (2014). Are the results likely biased towards the null? Obesity. [e-pub ahead of print] [doi: 10.1002/oby.20857] [PMID: 25077972]

Publications: Under-Review

  1. Lewis Jr DW, Dutton GR, Affuso O (2014). Physical characteristics associated with weight misperception among overweight and obese men: NHANES 1999-2006. Obesity. [In review].
  2. Lewis Jr DW (2014). Healthcare providers’ overweight and obesity diagnosis, missed opportunities, and body composition: NHANES 1999-2006. Prev Chronic Dis. [In review].



  1. UAB Analyzes the Relationship between Health and Nut Consumption:
  2. Lewis, Archer, and Allison analyze the data concerning the relationship between health and nut consumption:

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32HL007457 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: Dec. 2012 -  present
Mentor(s): David B. Allison, PhD