Ben Lewis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine

B.A., Psychology, New College of Florida

M.S., Behavioral Neuroscience & Psychopharmacology, University of Kentucky

Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience & Psychopharmacology, University of Kentucky

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida

Dr. Lewis completed his undergraduate studies at New College of Florida in 2004. His graduate work was conducted in the Behavioral Neuroscience & Psychopharmacology doctoral program at the University of Kentucky, and focused on medications development for alcohol use disorders. His dissertation research utilized molecular, cellular, organotypic, and behavioral models of alcohol-associated toxicity to screen novel NMDAr modulators for neuroprotective efficacy.

Dr. Lewis received clinical research training as a postdoctoral fellow in the Neurocognitive Laboratory, under the mentorship of Dr. Sara Jo Nixon. During this training he integrated his doctoral experience in psychopharmacology and behavioral neuroscience with neuropsychological and electroencephalographic methods. His postdoctoral research included examination of neurobehavioral concomitants of acute alcohol in aging adults, development of novel interventions for alcohol use disorder, and investigation of alcohol-associated deficits in affective processing.

As an assistant professor, Dr. Lewis remains in the Neurocognitive Laboratory. He is involved in several ongoing research projects, including the direction of a Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute of Alcohol & Alcoholism (NIAAA) received in 2018.