Who We Are
SocialSelf has helped people become more socially savvy since our founding in 2012. Our aim is to give you the most well-researched, accurate, and actionable information on how to improve your social life.
Today, 120 000+ people receive our newsletter and 800 000+ people visit us each month to read our expert-written content.
Our aim is to give you the most actionable, well-researched, and accurate information on how to improve your social life.
We want to help you build confidence, enjoy socializing, and develop meaningful connections.
Our Trusted Expertise
Our review board ensures that our content is up to date and factually correct. It consists of psychologists and experts on social interaction.
Dan Wendler, Psy.D.
Daniel Wendler, PsyD has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at George Fox University, Newberg, OR.
He is a two-time TEDx-speaker, author, founder of ImproveYourSocialSkills.com, and the 1.6 million members subreddit /socialskills.
Ilene S. Cohen, Ph.D.
“Dr. Ilene” S. Cohen, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, professor, blogger and award-winning author of the popular self-help guide When It’s Never About You.
After graduating from the University of Tampa with a B.A. in Psychology, Dr. Ilene obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.
She’s regularly featured on Psychology Today and other top publications.
Lissette León-Iglesias, Psy.D.
Dr. León-Iglesias is a licensed clinical psychologist since 2003. Previously working with addiction, trauma, and domestic violence at correctional facilities and community centers, she currently devotes her private practice to work with adults struggling with anxiety and depression.
She provides online psychotherapy in Florida.
Viktor Sander B.Sc., B.A.
Viktor Sander, B.Sc., B.A., manages SocialSelf’s scientific review board.
Viktor has worked in the psychology field since 2007 and his primary focus is on communication and relationships. He’s been working with SocialSelf since 2012.
Before joining SocialSelf, he coached people individually to help them overcome relationship challenges in their social lives.
SocialSelf’s editorial board consists of experts on social interaction. They create actionable, in-depth articles, guides and courses that improve people’s social lives.
Natalie Watkins, M.Sc
Natalie Watkins writes about socializing for SocialSelf.
She holds a B.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, an M.S.c. in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience from the University of London, and is currently in her final year of an M.Sc. in Integrative Counselling at the University of Northampton.
Hailey Shafir, M.Ed, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS
Hailey Shafir is a licensed mental health counselor, licensed addiction specialist, and clinical supervisor working out of Raleigh, NC. She has a Masters in Counseling from NC State University, and has extensive professional experience in counseling, program development, and clinical supervision.
Nicole Arzt, M.S., L.M.F.T.
Nicole Arzt, M.S., L.M.F.T. is a licensed marriage and family therapist.
She provides therapeutic services for individuals, couples, and families. Nicole received her master’s of science degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2014.
Brandi Newstrom, MEd.
Brandi Newstrom, MEd. researches and writes SocialSelf’s courses. She makes sure that they are scientifically based and applicable, using so-called Backward Design, where the participant’s goals is the guiding star of the course design.
Brandi has a Master of Education and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northwestern University, Illinois,
Kirsty Britz, M.A
Kirsty Britz, M.A. writes articles and creates courses for SocialSelf.
Kirsty has worked in different areas of psychology, from relationship-and career coaching to research and writing. In 2018, she left South Africa to complete her M.A. in psychology at the University of New York in Prague.
David A. Morin
David is the founder of SocialSelf. He started the website in 2012, using his passion for self-improvement to help others get a better social life. Originally from Sweden, he now lives and works in New York City.