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Nicholas Santascoy, PhD

Academic Coach, Student Learning Programs 

Nicholas Santascoy

Nicholas Santascoy (him/his) is an Academic Coach at the Center for Teaching and Learning. Nicholas started his college education at Berkeley City College then later majored in psychology at UC Berkeley, where he was a McNair Scholar and researched the effect of gratitude interventions on rejection sensitivity. To learn more about the science of human nature, he completed a PhD in psychology, examining people’s beliefs about intergroup bias. He decided to combine a growing interest in learning science with his psychology skills by pursuing a career in academic coaching. He has held coaching positions at both the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. He began his current role at Stanford in Spring 2019. Working together with students on advancing their skill and confidence in strategic planning, deep learning, critical thinking, faculty relations, and self-motivation is the highlight of his day. 


BS, Psychology, UC Berkeley
MS, Social Psychology, Yale University
PhD, Experimental Psychology, Yale University


Contact: ns100@stanford.edu
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