David Lewis earned his  Ph.D. in the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin, and was a Graduate Student Instructor Development Specialist for the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning. 


He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a double major in Biology and Spanish while specializing in animal behavior. His research integrates his training in biology and psychology and incorporates research methods from genetics, physiology, and psychology.

David is a dedicated teacher who was recently named the Janet T. Spence award winner for the Department of Psychology’s "Most Outstanding Instructor."


David’s dissertation research bridges social, personality, and evolutionary psychology to test multiple models of the origins of personality differences, including the socially and culturally mediated pathways by which genes lead to personality.


On a personal level, David is an avid scuba diver and PADI Divemaster, loves to learn new languages, is fluent in Spanish, and considers the globe his home. As part of his formal education, he has conducted international research and held internships in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Chile.