Maya Stephens

Social Scientist


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Education: B.A., MPP, University of Virginia

Maya Stephens is a Social Scientist in the Office of Research Services. She supports a variety of faculty in conducting their research. In this role, she provides assistance with both qualitative and quantitative research pursuits, such as survey design, data coding, dataset management, statistical analysis, and writing. Her primary statistical languages are R and Stata, but she also works in Dedoose, Tableau, Qualtrics, and SPSS.

Before her current role at Darden, Maya was receiving her B.A. in Psychology from UVA and her Masters of Public Policy from UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.  During this time, she focused her academics on research methods and conducted research surrounding corporate ethics, supply chains, and labor rights. She initially was introduced to Darden by becoming a Research Assistant for Darden faculty in 2019.  Previously, Maya worked for a disability-workforce inclusion start-up on their Talent Operations team, interned and consulted for a supply chain workers’ rights nonprofit, and consulted for various community organizations on their data practices. Altogether, she brings 5 years of research experience that reaches into many different fields and methods.


Babineau, K., & Stephens, M. (2022). How to Create a Worker Safety Hotline that Really Works. Harvard Business Review.

Notable Presentations

Babineau, K., Stephens, M. (2022) Hotlines, Private Regulation, & Labor Rights: Assessing the Possibility of Effective Grievance Mechanisms. Paper presented at the “Labor/Labor Movements for Justice in the U.S.” roundtable at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Stephens, M., Babineau, K. (2022) Helping Find Harm: How Worker Organization Partnerships Can Fix Common Problems with Hotlines. Talk session presented at the Virginia Policy Review National Journal Conference at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Stephens, M., Valladares, T. (2021) Predicting Retrospective Emotion Recall among Suicide Attempters  using Text Messages. Talk session presented at the L. Starling Reid Psychology Research Conference at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Stephens, M., Valladares, T., & Glenn, J. (2020) Exploration of Emotion Expression in Text Messages Preceding a Suicide Attempt. Poster accepted for presentation at the ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference, Chapel Hill, NC (canceled due to COVID-19).

Rosenblatt, A., Stephens, M., Minnen, M., & Calderwood, C. (2019, May). You’ve got mail, unfortunately: After hour work emails undermine employee recovery. Poster session presented at the 31st Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Supported Research

Mani, Vidya. Ongoing. Sustainable Community Partnerships in Peruvian Mining. Darden School of Business.

Stephens, Maya. 2022. Strengthening Labor Protections in Public University Food Supply Chains. Applied Policy Project at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Bair, Jennifer & Babineau, Kathryn. 2021. Keeping Essential Workers Safe: Migrant Farmworkers and Covid-19 in the Dairy Industry. Social Science Research Council.

Kim-Spoon, Jungmeen. 2019. Cognitive Control and Adolescent Substance Use. JK Lifespan Development Lab at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Anik, Lalin. 2019. Presentation to the United States Chamber of Commerce on Work Engagement.

Calderwood, Charles. 2018. After-hours Emails, Work Rumination, and Employee Wellbeing. Work Stress and Recovery Lab at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.