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Heather Cole-Lewis



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Heather Cole-Lewis

Director, Behavior Science

J&J World Headquarters US

Why I'm a JPAL

I am passionate about improving health by understanding people in the context of their real lives and achieving health impact at scale is important to me, so I enjoy helping others who share these values.


As Director of Behavior Science at Johnson & Johnson, Heather Cole-Lewis works to improve business performance and health outcomes with a lens towards health equity by embedding Behavior Science teams into the Pharmaceutical, Consumer, and Medical Device sectors and providing strategic business and scientific guidance. Heather is an accomplished business leader with deep cross-sector experience, a strong scientific background in digital and non-digital evidence-based solutions, and a proven ability to develop, drive, and measure the impact of systematic business processes that enhance health outcomes and critical business outcomes. She brings her analytical lens to crafting solutions to complex public health and healthcare issues that often require coordination across multiple stakeholders. Her deep experience in researching, engaging, and communicating with community partners has given Heather the necessary skillset to address systemic issues related to health equity. Heather has a unique talent in combining behavior science, data science, and technology to expand the reach of evidence-based health strategies to support vulnerable and underserved populations. Her research and professional experiences span multiple disease states in both domestic and international settings. Heather earned her PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University, her MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University, and her MA in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University.


“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

- African Proverb

Fun fact:

I was once stranded in a hotel near London for a week due to inclement weather. I made it home just in time for Christmas.