Kendra Lewis

Kendra Lewis

Assoc State Spec Professor
Youth & Family Resiliency State Specialist
Phone: (603) 862-2495
Office: Cooperative Extension, Pettee Hall Rm GO5C, Durham, NH 03824

Kendra is the State Specialist for Youth & Family Resiliency. She previously worked for Cooperative Extension in California as the Academic Coordinator for Evaluation for 4-H Youth Development, in which she coordinated the statewide evaluation of 4-H programming and collaborated with Extension staff on research projects. She has a background in human development, a proficiency in program evaluation, and a passion for social emotional learning. Kendra has also taught courses such as research methods, program development, issues in child development, contemporary families, issues in parenting, family studies, and family stress and coping for Oregon State University, California State University, Chico and California State University, Sacramento.

Kendra earned her PhD and MS from Oregon State University in Human Development and Family Studies, and BA from California State University, Chico in Child Development.

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 444A: Youth Facing Adversity
  • HDFS 525: Human Development
  • HDFS 641: Parenting Across the Life Span


  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • M.S., Oregon State University
  • B.A., California State University

Research Interests

  • Children/Youth
  • Emotional/Mental Health--Child/Adolescent
  • Families
  • Family
  • Youth
  • Youth Development/Leadership

Selected Publications

  • Siebert, C. F., Holloway, S. D., DuBois, D. L., Bavarian, N., Lewis, K. M., & Flay, B. (2024). Identification of Important Factors When Measuring School Climate: Latent Construct Validation and Exploration.. J Sch Health, 94(1), 69-79. doi:10.1111/josh.13394

  • Bavarian, N., Lewis, K. M., Holloway, S., Wong, L., Silverthorn, N., DuBois, D. L., . . . Siebert, C. (2022). Mechanisms of Influence on Youth Substance Use for a Social-Emotional and Character Development Program: A Theory-Based Approach.. Subst Use Misuse, 57(12), 1854-1863. doi:10.1080/10826084.2022.2120359

  • Bird, M., & Lewis, K. M. (2021). Data parties engage 4-H volunteers in data interpretation, strengthening camp programs and evaluation process. California Agriculture, 75(1), 14-19. doi:10.3733/ca.2021a0005

  • Worker, S., Janeiro, M. F., & Lewis, K. (2020). Youth in 4-H Latino Initiative programs achieve similar outcomes to youth in 4-H community clubs. California Agriculture, 0(0), 1-6. doi:10.3733/ca.2019a0027

  • Duncan, R. J., Rolan, E., Marceau, K., Lewis, K. M., Bavarian, N., DuBois, D. L., & Flay, B. (2019). Childhood protective factors and a prevention program reduce later problem behaviors. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 65, 101063. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2019.101063

  • Lewis, K. M., Vuchinich, S., Ji, P., DuBois, D. L., Acock, A., Bavarian, N., . . . Flay, B. R. (2016). Effects of the Positive Action Program on Indicators of Positive Youth Development Among Urban Youth.. Appl Dev Sci, 20(1), 16-28. doi:10.1080/10888691.2015.1039123

  • Lewis, K. M., DuBois, D. L., Bavarian, N., Acock, A., Silverthorn, N., Day, J., . . . Flay, B. R. (2013). Effects of Positive Action on the emotional health of urban youth: a cluster-randomized trial.. J Adolesc Health, 53(6), 706-711. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.06.012

  • Bavarian, N., Lewis, K. M., Dubois, D. L., Acock, A., Vuchinich, S., Silverthorn, N., . . . Flay, B. R. (2013). Using social-emotional and character development to improve academic outcomes: a matched-pair, cluster-randomized controlled trial in low-income, urban schools.. J Sch Health, 83(11), 771-779. doi:10.1111/josh.12093

  • Lewis, K. M., Schure, M. B., Bavarian, N., DuBois, D. L., Day, J., Ji, P., . . . Flay, B. R. (2013). Problem behavior and urban, low-income youth: a randomized controlled trial of positive action in Chicago.. Am J Prev Med, 44(6), 622-630. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2013.01.030

  • Lewis, K. M., Bavarian, N., Snyder, F. J., Acock, A., Day, J., Dubois, D. L., . . . Flay, B. R. (2012). Direct and Mediated Effects of a Social-Emotional and Character Development Program on Adolescent Substance Use.. Int J Emot Educ, 4(1), 56-78. Retrieved from

  • Most Cited Publications