Iris M. Steine Phd

Iris Steine, PhD

Research Scientist and psychologist turned UX Researcher

Mixed methods researcher and clinical psychologist with 6+ years of experience conducting independent and collaborative research, and 3+ years of experience conducting interviews in healthcare and research settings. Expertise in conducting interviews and in identifying actionable insights from qualitative and quantitative data. EB Green card holder.

Core Competencies

Interviewing Skills | Analytical Skills | Problem Solving | Communication (Written, Verbal, Listening) | Literature Reviews | Data Analysis | Surveys Regression Analysis | ANOVA T-tests | People Skills | Cross-functional Collaboration | Client-facing Skills | Mental Health | Project Management Human Behavior | UX Research | Mentorship | Adaptability

Career Highlights

  • Conducted foundational UX research following a volunteer-led search for a missing person. Uncovered a need for a search organizing app. Currently collaborating with a group of designers to design a search organizing app.

  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration and problem-solving skills, honed for 3+ years working as a clinical psychologist in healthcare, where interviewing people was one among core functions of my job.

  • Strong analytical, written communication and project management skills, as evidenced by 16 first-authored and 2 second-authored peer-reviewed publications, co-authored with cross-functional, international teams.

  • Skilled public speaker with extensive experience presenting at international and national events, including being an invited plenum speaker at the largest mental health conference of the Nordic countries, for an audience of over 800.

  • Independently secured $300K from the Norwegian Dam Foundation to fund a three-year, international research project on the long-term health consequences of childhood trauma, as well as 6 other grants.

  • Knack for fast-paced environments honed via working as a psychologist in a short-term mental health in-patient unit, and 10+ years working in the restaurant industry before and while pursuing higher education.

  • Co-organized the 2020 and 2021 UC Berkeley Beyond Academia conference - a two day event featuring around 100 PhD speakers who successfully transitioned to non-academic careers. In 2021 our small team adapted the conference to a virtual platform for the first time, attracting almost 1800 PhD students and academics from all over the world.

  • Received media coverage for research on childhood trauma, stress hormones and mental health, among others from,, Dagsavisen, Save the Children Norway, BT, and The Norwegian National State TV channel (NRK). My research was also extensively used to lobby against the statute of limitations on child abuse cases.

  • Provided clinical mental health services to individuals on employment sick leave, resulting in their return to work, as part of the greater Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration public health initiative.