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Lisa Starr, Ph.D.

Dr. Starr is an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Rochester and the director of the Starr Lab. Her research has been published in numerous prestigious peer-reviewed journals, and she also frequently authors book chapters and presents in professional presentations. She received her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and completed additional predoctoral and postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has previously been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and she has received national awards from the American Psychological Association, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America; she also was named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science. Her research interests include emotional adjustment in adolescence and adulthood. In addition to directing her research lab, Dr. Starr teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Rochester.

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Graduate Students

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Y. Irina Li, Graduate Student
Irina is a doctoral student in the clinical program (entering class of 2014). She obtained her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 with a major in psychology. Irina is currently completing her predoctoral clinical internship at VA Puget Sound in Seattle, WA. Irina’s research interest is broadly focused on transactional models that incorporate biological and cognitive factors in predicting the development of internalizing symptoms. Areas of particular interest include the influence of emotion regulation on functioning and comorbidity between depression and anxiety. Irina was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA for her dissertation research, and has published first-author papers in Depression and Anxiety and Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. Irina is the lead investigator for the SHEEP study. For more information on Irina, please see here.


Zoey A. Shaw, Graduate Student
Zoey is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Rochester (entering class of 2015). She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She received her BA from Tufts University with a double major in Clinical Psychology and Child Development. Zoey’s research interests include the role of anxiety as a predictor of other disorders, and the specific mechanisms that contribute to the extensive co-occurrence of internalizing symptoms. Additionally, she is interested in biological, cognitive, and interpersonal risk factors that influence the intergenerational transmission and maintenance of depression. Zoey has published or in press first-author papers in Clinical Psychology Review, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and Journal of Child and Family Studies. More information on Zoey can be found here.

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Meghan Huang, Graduate Student
Meghan is a doctoral student in clinical psychology (entering class of 2016). She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2014, where she received her BA in psychology. Meghan is interested in exploring the role of interpersonal factors in the development of internalizing symptoms as well as the impact of depression and anxiety on interpersonal functioning. Her research interests also include the comorbidity of depression and anxiety disorders. Meghan has published first-author work in Development and Psychopathology. More info on Meghan can be found here.


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Angela Santee, Graduate Student
Angela is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Rochester (entering class of 2018). She graduated with high honors from Middlebury College in 2013, where she received her BA in psychology. Angela’s research explores the complex interplay of social, cognitive, and affective processes that impact well-being across the spectrum of psychological functioning. She is particularly interested in researching basic processes underlying the reciprocal relationship between breakdowns in interpersonal functioning and the development of internalizing symptoms. More information about Angela can be found here

Katy Chang, Graduate Student
Katy Chang is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Rochester (entering class of 2020). She graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018 with a major in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology. She also completed a two-year post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. Katy’s research focuses on the multi-level processes that underlie sexual and gender minority (SGM) mental health disparities. She is particularly interested in the influences of systemic, interpersonal, and cognitive processes on heightened risk for internalizing pathology among SGM adolescents.  More information about Katy can be found here.

Undergraduate Research Assistants 

Hannah Duttweiler, BA (IDEA Lab Honors Thesis student, 2019-2020) 

Jenna Macri, BA

McKenzie Williams

Lydia Borsi (IDEA Lab Honors Thesis student, 2020-2021)

Paige Taylor

Rachel Chen

Dan Agate

Hiba Ahmed

Olivia Brynes


For information on what former members of the Starr IDEA Lab are up to, please click here.