Stephanie is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Florida’s (USF) School of Social Work and a Certified Wellness & Health Coach (CWHC). She started her doctoral journey after diverse professional experiences, including being a professional athlete and working as a licensed social work supervisor at a child welfare agency in Philadelphia.
Stephanie believes in dedicating her time to pressing societal issues. For example, she recently finished serving two consecutive terms as an executive committee member for the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS), which focuses on advocacy for athlete mental health through a social work lens and uses sport as a tool for development. She also volunteers for the Arthritis Foundation nationally and locally through the organization’s Tampa Bay chapter. As a member of the Florida Education Fund’s McKnight Doctoral Fellowship (MDF) program (and the only social work graduate student in her fellowship cohort), Stephanie founded a monthly support group for USF fellows to build a sense of community among this diverse group of Black/Hispanic doctoral students on the USF campus.
Stephanie is passionate about promoting positive health, mental health, and lifestyle outcomes for various populations including minoritized racial and ethnic groups, athletes, and adults. Her research has focused on health and well-being and sport social work; her dissertation research specifically aims to explore social role participation, identity, and satisfaction with life among adults diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
Stephanie enjoys staying active, spending time with family, the beach and outdoors, traveling, digital art, and going out to eat (Stephanie considers herself a “foodie”).