Dr. Lewis used to say “One can never be without a theory.” Several theoretical constructs evolved and undergirded the work of the Lewis Foundation over the past 50 years. (1) The need to be both separate (independent/autonomous) and connected (close/intimate) are two basic human needs or behavioral systems. (2) The health or competence of a couple or family can be assessed along a continuum of the healthiest to the most dysfunctional. And, (3) The healthiest of couples and families encourage and facilitate growth in those two basic needs –autonomy and connectedness – of its members.

From our early days of investigating family systems, to becoming a grant dispensing organization, to conducting workshops on couple self-improvement and couple therapy based upon the new Lewis Scales, our mission has been to advance the science of interpersonal relationships.

We need your continued help with the development of funds to further our mission. Any contribution you can make will strengthen our ability to do this.

The amount and number of grants we can award is based, in part, upon donations. Tax deductible contributions to further the science of interpersonal relationships can be sent to:

Jerry M. Lewis, M.D. Mental Health Research Foundation (Formerly Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation)

6301 Gaston Avenue, Suite 620
Dallas, Texas 75214

Jerry M. Lewis, M.D. Mental Health Research Foundation is a 501(c) (3) private non-operating foundation described under section 509(a) of the Code.

Thank you for your consideration.