Amy Lewis Gilbert, J.D., M.P.H.

Chief Science Officer
Indiana Family & Social Services Administration

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2023-2024
Fellowship Placement: Office of the Vice President of the United States
Sponsoring Institution: National Academy of Medicine


Amy Lewis Gilbert is a lifelong learner and public servant committed to cultivating a culture of science and evidence in public health and human services. She has engaged in over twenty years of thought-leadership at the intersection of law, ethics, medicine, public health and policy. As Chief Science Officer for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Indiana’s human services agency, she provided evidence-informed strategic direction to the Secretary’s Office and the agency’s eight divisions including the Office of Medicaid Policy & Planning. She established the Office of Science & Evidence to cultivate a culture of science within the agency, and co-founded the WISE Indiana partnership, which engages nationally recognized academic and clinical experts to help evaluate and inform state practices, programs, and policies. During her time with the State of Indiana she also collaborated with other government agencies, academic partner institutions and community-based organizations to address key research questions that further progress toward a shared vision of health and well-being.

Ms. Gilbert maintains an adjunct faculty appointment at the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Children’s Health Services Research division, where she previously worked as a tenure-track pediatric health services researcher developing strategies for identifying and addressing non-medical social, legal and structural determinants of health for youth populations. While in law school, she worked at the Indiana University Center for Bioethics managing projects focused on pandemic preparedness and precision health and genetics. In her early public health career, she worked directly with community members in the US and abroad as a health educator, case manager and Peace Corps volunteer.

Throughout her career, Ms. Gilbert has assumed numerous executive board and committee leadership roles including with Academy Health’s State University Partnership Learning Network, the American Public Human Services Association, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Indiana Public Health Association, the Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition, and the Indianapolis Bar Association. She obtained a BA in Psychology at Boston University in 1997, MPH in International Public Health at the University of Alabama – Birmingham in 2000, and JD at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2009. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana.