Stephanie Santo

Stephanie is a mental health counselor earning her license. She obtained her Master’s in counseling for mental health and wellness from New York University in 2020. She currently works with clients and is an advocate for eating disorder recovery-related policies with multiple organizations. She is also involved in the business/legal/data sides of a start up surrounding the use of data science for public health and policy purposes. Before earning her Master’s, she obtained a Bachelor’s in psychology and communication with a minor in sociology and several certificates from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018 and the summer before, she earned a certificate in human rights from Columbia University’s summer program. In her time at UIUC, she completed an honors thesis about beliefs, memories, and perceptual judgments that contained a cognitive psychology component. 

Stephanie is also a pre-med student who aspires to be a neurologist or psychiatrist with research in various facets of neuroscience. Her research interests range from computational neuroscience to cognitive neuroscience to social neuroscience to neurolaw to much more. In her spare time, Stephanie dabbles in art, ballet, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, various types of design, engineering, music, and filmmaking. She sees the relevance and importance of scientific communication and journalism because it makes science more accessible and motivates people to want to pursue science as a profession and to be informed.