About

Hi. I’m Dr. Steph Habif.

This is my blog. I write about the U.S. health care system and ways to design for behavioral engagement.

I study human health behavior. Sometimes I work as a health coach to teach people ways to practice healthier habits. Sometimes I work with corporate and start-up teams to lead user research projects. Which means, I research, analyze, and translate behavioral insights needed for the design of engaging products, programs, and services. Sometimes I lead behavior design workshops for company teams who want to learn practical behavior change models & frameworks.

I am a lecturer at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (also known as: the d.school). Courses I teach include “d.compress: designing calming technologies” “know your humans: designing effective user research” and “the consumer mind and behavior design.”  I’ve held teaching appointments at Columbia University, University of North Carolina, Washington University at St. Louis, and Victoria University of Technology. I am an affiliate of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab and Lead Strategist for the Calming Tech Lab.

Video: how I think about behavior design and habit formation 

Video: a peek of strategy work I did for Whole Foods Market

Other previous project partners include Aetna, Boeing, and Amgen.

I have a doctorate in Health Behavior Science from Columbia University, a masters in Psychology from Springfield College, and a bachelors from Washington University in St. Louis.

I live and breathe healthcare.

To discuss working together, please contact me at steph@habifhealth.com or (201) 568-2405.

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