We research the life course, intergenerational interactions, family networks, and human engagement among underserved and underrepresented populations.

Current Research Projects

Cambodian Laotian Community Strenghths and Resilience Project

Funded by the Gulf Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (Research-Practice Grant Number 2000008280), this mixed methods community-based participatory research project examines how Cambodian and Laotian families and communities in Mobile County, Alabama respond to environmental stressors and disasters.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Lewis, D. C. & Spivey Young, S. (In press 2018). Parallel Pasts, Presents, and Futures: Narratives of Cambodian and Karen Refugees in the United States. In A. Garnier, L. Jubilut, and B. Sandvik (Eds.), Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics and Humanitarian Governance.
  • Phal, M. & Lewis, D.C. (March, 2018). The Household Production of Health: A Case Study of Mental Health Utilization in Cambodia. International Family Therapy Association. Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Augustine, D.A., & Lewis, D. C. (February, 2018). Southeast Asian refugees’ civic engagement, generativity, and well-being. Society for Cross-cultural Research. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Phal, M., Lewis, D. C. , & Seponski, D.M. (February, 2018). Community-based participatory research: The importance of community involvement in addressing health disparities among Southeast Asian immigrants. Society for Cross-cultural Research. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Tadik, Y.C., & Lewis, D. C. (February, 2018). Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from Asia: Fear, uncertainty, and invisibility. Society for Cross-cultural Research. Las Vegas, NV.

Visit our CV for a complete list of our publications and presentations.


Taken during research project by Denise Lewis in Cambodia.
Taken by Savannah Spivey during research with Karen refugees in Georgia. Karen refugee woman with dinner she prepared for her large family.
Taken during research project by Denise Lewis in Cambodia.