Dr. Laura Lewis, Professor of Applied Sociology and Social Work, earned her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Mercyhurst faculty in 1998. She has taught courses across the social work curriculum and currently is teaching Social Welfare Analysis, Social Welfare Policy and Social Justice, Senior Seminar, Grief and Loss, and Leadership Development Through Mentoring. Dr. Lewis’ book, Social Workers as Game Changers: Confronting Complex Social Issues Through Cases, published with SAGE in 2017.
Since 2008 Dr. Lewis has been involved with a community-wide initiative, which she has helped spearhead. The initiative, Erie Together, serves as a catalyst for fostering system alignment to address poverty and improve the community. She has also served on boards and work groups for a number of organizations, such as Lakeshore Community Services and Mercy Center for Women. A native of Washington state, Dr. Lewis spends time there each summer, visiting with family (including two adult children) and enjoying the outdoors.