Lisa Starr, Ph.D.
Dr. Starr is an assistant 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 recently 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.

Other online profiles:

UR Faculty Bio      ResearchGate     Google Scholar

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’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. 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 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. 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. More info on Meghan can be found here.

Angela Santee, Graduate Student
Bio coming soon!

Undergraduate Research Assistants 


Rebecca Matthews
Rebecca is a senior double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. She intends to pursue nursing after graduation with the long-term goal of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, who will serve as a primary care provider for those living in a rural community, like the one in which she grew up. Outside of academics, Rebecca works as an Office Assistant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital and volunteers for Friends of Strong Memorial Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys baking, spending time with her family, and gardening. 


Emma Cho 

Emma is in the class of 2020, double majoring in Psychology and Brain & Cognitive Science with a focus in neuropsychology and neurobiology. Her research interests range from anxiety and depression to autism treatment methods. After graduating from the University of Rochester, she hopes to pursue a degree in Clinical Psychology, with the intention of working with children and adolescents. Outside of academics, Emma is an active member of Creative Arts Club and Dance Performance Group, and she can be seen around campus giving tours as a part of the Meridian Society.


Nicole Calcagno 

Nicole is in the class of 2020, getting a BS in BCS with a track in neurobiology and neuropsychology as well as a minor in clinical psychology. She is hoping to get a PhD in clinical neuropsychology following undergrad, and particularly interested in traumatic brain injuries and memory. Nicole is involved in her sorority (Chi Omega) and on eboard for UR HEAL, and she loves going to Zumba on campus!


Jenna Macri

Jenna is studying abroad during Fall 2018! 


Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio

Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio is currently a Junior at the University of Rochester majoring in both Psychology and Business. His research interests in psychology include Self-Determination Theory and anxiety, depression, and suicidal behavior among adolescence. When he is not in class or working on research, Malcolm likes to play the guitar and watch his favorite European football clubs play.


McKenzie Williams

McKenzie (class of 2021) is majoring in Psychology. She is particularly interested in abnormal psychology and plans on pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology after graduating from the University of Rochester. Outside of academics, she is a member of Indulgence Dance Crew, a hip-hop dance crew on campus, and a member of Douglass Leadership House, a house that celebrates and raises awareness for the black experience. 


Angela Rice

Angela (class of 2020) is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. Her research interests include anything regarding mental health. Outside of this lab, Angela is also a RA at the Emergency Department in Strong Memorial Hospital. She hopes to pursue an MD after she graduates from the U of R. In her free time, Angela enjoys volunteering, doing hair and makeup, and going to the gym. 


Hannah Duttweiler

Hannah is a Psychology major in the class of 2020, minoring in Biology and Chemistry. She is interested in a range of topics from mental disorders to personality theory. Hannah is an active member of the University of Rochester’s Varsity Track and Field team. 

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