Natalie Stepien-Bernabe

PhD Candidate
Visual Impairment & Blindness

WHERE I'M FROM

I am from Chicago, Illinois.

BEFORE VS

I studied Psychology at the University of Chicago. I worked in Dr. Steven Shevell’s laboratory and used psychophysical techniques to understand the neural mechanisms of color vision.

WHY I’M HERE

The VS program enables me to use a variety of methodological techniques to explore how human knowledge and cognition is shaped by sensory experiences.

MY RESEARCH

My research investigates on how blind, visually-impaired, and sighted individuals process haptic information. It also focuses on education and accessibility issues related to visual impairment and blindness.

MY GOALS

My biggest professional dream is to become a professor and research advisor for undergraduate and graduate students. My biggest personal dream is to backpack through Europe!

MY HOBBIES

When I am not working, I enjoy playing the piano, watching movies, going wine-tasting, and trying new restaurants.