Rose Lewis is a social systems consultant at the Design Institute for Health, a radical collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. As a social worker, Rose approaches her work through an empathic, compassionate and strengths-based lens. She seeks to identify and understand system failures and strengths at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. Rose believes in the power of the social environment as a tool for better understanding human behavior.
Prior to joining the Design Institute, Rose worked in various public sector and social service roles. She was a Teach for America Corps member and 5th grade teacher in Houston for three years, which led her to pursue a master’s degree in social work. During her graduate studies, she interned and worked with the team at Child Protective Services Reintegration Unit housed in the Travis County Health and Human Services Office of Children Services implementing wraparound services for high-need kids in the area. Rose also worked in Texas Senator Zaffirini’s office where she fielded constituent communication and assisted on policy for the upcoming legislative session. Lastly, she interned on the mitigation team at Texas Defender Service, working on both pre-trial and post-conviction capital cases.
Rose received her Master of Science in Clinical Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. Rose also holds a BA in Psychology and a BA in Anthropology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.