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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.

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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.


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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

Undergraduate Research Assistants 

Emma Cho

Jenna Macri

Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio

McKenzie Williams

Angela Rice

Hannah Duttweiler

Ariel Tello

Audry Mattle

Neha Kumar

Catherine Waye

Ananya Chauhan



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