Iris M. Steine Phd

Iris Steine, PhD

UX Researcher

Senior User Experience Researcher at Ipsos North America.

Background as a mixed methods researcher and clinical psychologist, with 6+ years of experience conducting independent and collaborative research in academia, and 3+ years of experience in public and private healthcare. Expertise in conducting interviews and in identifying actionable insights from qualitative and quantitative data.

Core Competencies

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

Core Skills and Career Highlights

  • UX Research: 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.

  • Interviewing: Excellent interviewing, interpersonal 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.

  • Collaboration & communication: Strong collaboration, communication, writing and PM skills, resulting in 16 first-authored peer-reviewed papers, co-authored with cross-functional, international teams.

  • Public speaking: Extensive experience presenting at international and national events, including being a plenum speaker at the largest mental health conference of the Nordic countries for an audience of over 800.

  • Event organizing: 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 worldwide.

  • Public outreach and research impact: My research was covered by outlets including,, Dagsavisen, Save the Children Norway and BT, and was also used to lobby against the statute of limitations on child abuse cases.

  • Persuasive writing: Secured funding for a three-year, international research project and 6 other grants.

  • Promoting behavioral change: Provided mental health services to people on employment sick leave, resulting in their return to work.

  • Knack for fast-paced environments.