Mary Steinhardt, Ed.D., L.P.C. is Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She also serves as the University Faculty Ombuds. Her research program explores how individuals successfully adapt to stress and build health resilience. Current projects focus on resilience-based diabetes self-management interventions, the role of positive emotions in reducing depressive symptoms, and the relationship between chronic psychosocial stress and metabolic health. She has worked with such companies as 3M, Motorola, Dell, and Applied Materials, as well as the Army’s 4th Infantry Division and Brooke Army Medical Center.
Steinhardt currently teaches Evaluation and Research Design, Theories of Health Behavior, and Stress Adaptation and Health Resilience. She is the recipient of the first annual Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Texas Excellence Teaching Award presented by the Texas Exes, the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System, and in 2017 received the University Civitatis Award. She is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and a Senior Provost Teaching Fellow.
Steinhardt did post-doctoral training at the University of Georgia, received an EdD from University of Houston, MEd from Lamar University, MA from Texas State University, and BS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her professional home is the American Academy of Health Behavior where she currently serves on the Board of Directors.