About Me

Steph Tan

Coming from New Zealand, I moved to the United States a few years ago to study science at Cornell University, where I gained a huge appreciation for public health and mental health. To further explore behaviors of society and ways of improving mental health on a population level, I’m attending Yale University (’23) for a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

I’m fascinated in fighting public health crises by innovating mental health therapies and policies to enhance life quality. By deepening my understanding of human behaviors within society and how they influence human rights milestones, I also hope to discover what will bring us closer to achieving universal healthcare.

During this pandemic, I’m research assisting the Yale School of Public Health by pushing for the implementation of COVID-19 saliva testing (SalivaDirectTM) in New Zealand. This is a cheaper, non-invasive, and safer method of SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis that will contribute greatly to the fight against this pandemic.

Outside of work and academia, you’ll likely find me in the water (oceans, rivers, waterfalls, all of it!), exploring restaurants, singing/playing instruments, and spending time with loved ones, including my partner.

What People Say About Working With Steph

Steph Tan is ambitious, intelligent, and forward-thinking. Her academic writing was beyond what I expected, and I believe she will be an asset to the public health discipline. She is able to think at both the individual and population health levels.

David Wiss, MS, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Her [Steph’s] life philosophy of kindness and love for all has permeated the team and made us more capable of working together.”

“Extremely well spoken, respects everyone’s opinions while getting her point across, has a great amount of knowledge in her tool belt. She is very kind and is a great listener as well!”

Steph is kind and motivating without being afraid to say what she means.”

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