After earning a BS in biochemistry at the University of Virginia, Stephan completed a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Washington, then went on to study the neuroscience of obesity and eating behaviour as a postdoctoral fellow. Spending a total of 12 years in the neuroscience research world studying neurodegenerative disease and the neuroscience of body fatness. His publications in scientific journals have been cited more than 2,100 times by his peers.
Today, he continues his mission to advance science and public health as a researcher, science consultant, and science communicator. His book, The Hungry Brain, was released in February of 2017 and was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and called “essential” by the New York Times Book Review. He is a Senior Fellow at GiveWell and scientific reviewer for the Examine.com Research Digest. Past clients include the Open Philanthropy Project. He is also the primary designer of an innovative course-based body weight management program called the Ideal Weight Program, which is part of the HumanOS platform. He periodically contributes to the scientific literature and is a review editor at Frontiers in Nutrition.
He lives in the Seattle area, where he grows much of his own food, uses his bicycle to get around, and brews a mean hard cider.