Karyn Lewis

The main focus of Karyn’s works centers on promoting students’ social and emotional wellness and helping educators understand the ways climate and culture affect young people’s experiences in schools. She brings expertise in social psychology, quantitative methods and data visualization to the diverse research and evaluation projects she works on.

Although born and raised in the Midwest, Karyn has lived in the Northwest for nearly two decades. She has based most of her education decisions on proximity to mountains having earned an undergraduate degree from Montana State University, a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Boulder. When she’s not in the office, you’re likely to find her taking in the wonders of the Pacific Northwest from the comfort of a Volkswagen camper van.

Having experienced the transformative power of education in my own life, I am thrilled to be a part of Education Northwest and working to support educational opportunities and access for all students.

Leader – Training, Coaching, and Technical Support


Areas of Work: 

Blog Posts

SEL Measurement: Why? What? How? Part 3: How?


January 25th, 2018

Part 3 of our blog series offers considerations for selecting an SEL measurement tool that works best for your needs.

SEL Measurement: Why? What? How? Part 2: What?


January 23rd, 2018

When it comes to selecting which SEL skills to measure, local priorities should guide your thinking. Part 2 in our blog series.

SEL Measurement: Why? What? How? Part 1: Why?


January 9th, 2018

SEL is critical to student success, but how do you know your supports are working? On our blog, Researcher Karyn Lewis walks you through key considerations on how to measure SEL.

Building Students’ Sense of Social Belonging as a Critical First Step


March 10th, 2016

Belonging is a fundamental human need. What strategies that educators can use to help students feel more secure in their school experiences?