Deborah Lewis


Areas of Focus: Rehabilitation Neuropsychology

Phone: 602-216-3177



  • MA and PhD California School of Professional Psychology- Fresno, CA
  • Residency (APA approved) and Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
  • BA Pitzer College-Claremont, CA


Psychology has been the major study of my intellectual life for more than thirty years. Over time I have had the opportunity to blend my areas of concentration. I have focused on people who suffered from brain injury and illness. I have immersed myself in psychology and the justice system, community mental health, diversity and behavioral medicine. I have worked as an evaluator and treatment provider in numerous settings, including clinics, private practice, hospitals, and homes. For more than twelve years I had the honor of teaching and training doctoral psychology students. Due in large part to my commitment to these younger professionals, I wanted to leave the psychology profession better than I found it. I focused energy on larger professional and training issues, including ethics. I taught law students facing a gap in understanding between psychological science and the realities of the justice system.

I identify as a practitioner and scholar who enjoys research and writing. I consider accessibly imparting psychological information to others an art form and, when done successfully, an achievement.


  • Rehabilitation Neuropsychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Ethics in Mental Health
  • Teaching Psychology


  • American Psychological Association

Selected Publications

  • Bell, L., Virden, T., Lewis, D. & Cassidy, B. (2015). Effects of 13-hour 20-minute work shifts on law enforcement officer’s sleep, cognitive ability, health, quality of life, work and performance: The Phoenix Study. Police Quarterly.
  • Lewis, D., Virden, T., Hutchings, P. & Bhargava, R. (2011). Competence assessment integrating reflective practice in a professional psychology program. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11, 3.
  • Hutchings, P., Lewis, D, & Bhargava, R. (2010). Management and administration. In J. Thomas & M. Hersen (Ed.) Handbook of clinical psychology. Competencies, Vol. 1. (pp. 609-636). NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Hutchings, P., Lewis, D, & Wechsler, F. (2008). Clinical training. In M. Herson & A.M. Gross (Eds.). The handbook of clinical psychology. (pp. 38-65). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley & Sons.
  • Wechsler, F. & Lewis, D. (2007). Professional Writing in the Disciplines: College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences: In A Faculty Guide to Teaching and Writing. Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin.

Selected Lectures

  • Lewis, D., Pitt, S. & Rubin, P. (Oct., 2006). “The Art of the Murder Interview,” Maricopa County Superior Court Judicial Education Day, invited workshop for Arizona judges and commissioners.

Selected Presentations

  • Hintze, M., Parker, J. Lewis, D., (August 2017). “Testimony” Legal Competency and Restoration Training for Mental Health Experts, Arizona Supreme Court.
  • Hintze, M., Parker, J. Lewis, D., (August 2017). “Testimony” Legal Competency and Restoration Training for Mental Health Experts, Arizona Supreme Court.
  • Cassidy, B., Lewis, D., Bell, L. & Virden, T. (2014) “Officers working 13-hour, 20-minute work shifts on law enforcement officers’ sleep, cognitive abilities, health, quality of life and work performance: The Phoenix Study.” International Association of Police Chiefs, annual conference.
  • Hutchings, P., Olvey, C., Virden, T. and Lewis, D. (August 2013). Psychologists’ Attitudes Toward Psychological Science, Presented at the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawai’i.
  • Akins, F., Lewis, D., Loeben, G., Friedman, S., Weinstock, D. (March 2012) (Organizers and facilitators), “Required Breaches of Confidentiality,” additional presenters; Dvoskin, J, Greer, D., Perrin, G., & Westerhausen, T. Program for the Arizona Psychological Association

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