Ms. Asper is a current MEd candidate within the Policy and Planning division of the Educational Leadership and Policy Program at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). Her research interests include K-12 student mental health, suicide prevention, and other policies that impact student wellness supports. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State).
She currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for TIP Scholars within the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin, where she helps facilitate student leadership programming focused on mentorship and academic success. Stephanie is also a current Senior Associate within the consulting wing of OPEN MINDS, a behavioral health care market research and publishing firm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Stephanie's foray into education began during her undergraduate career as a Teaching Assistant and Teaching Assistant Coordinator for the Department of Biological Sciences at Penn State. In this position, she developed and led labs on self-reflection and environmental impact for undergraduate college students. After her conferral, she completed a two-year service for Teach for America (TFA) in northwestern New Mexico, where she taught first-grade at Mariano Lake - a community school serving students on the Navajo Nation.
Stephanie has conducted research for the Penn State Political Science Department (focused on LatinX voting preference and 2008 economic crisis media valence) and for OPEN MINDS (focused on executive-level behavioral health market research). She is a former writer for the website PsychU.org - an online resource library and community of health care professionals dedicated to improving mental health care throughout the United States for individuals living with serious mental illness. She is also co-author of "Explaining the Horse Race of 2008" which was published in PS: Political Science & Politics (2009).