Stephanie Bernard was born in Savannah, Georgia and currently resides in Atlanta. Her love of writing and her desire to make a difference in the world began during childhood. She grew up envisioning how she could make the greatest impact in people's lives, and sought ways to use her creativity, through art and writing, to bring about meaningful change. While attending college, she craved a deeper understanding of the human psyche and the motivations behind human thought and behavior, which led her to study psychology and sociology. She is currently a behavioral scientist with over 20 years of experience in the field of public health, where she has conducted research in the areas of chronic and infectious disease as well as mental health and substance use. Throughout her public health career, she has worked to reduce the impact of disease and illness particularly in minority communities and endeavored to educate and empower individuals to achieve emotional, mental, and physical health and wellbeing.
She is an active member of her church, where for over 20 years she has taught Bible classes for students ranging in age from pre-school to college, and worked on the Youth, Education, and Women’s ministries. In her secular and religious pursuits, she has published articles, books, and presented at conferences and meetings throughout the United States. She enjoys using her gifts to inspire individuals to grow in their faith, and ultimately to live their best lives.
She received her Ph.D. in Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science from Emory University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University.