Christine Elliana Michelle Starr

TitlePsychology PhD Program
DivisionGraduate Studies Division
DepartmentPsychology Department
Phone309-212-5433
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OfficeSocial Sciences 2, room 445
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MailSocial Sciences 2 Room 145
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
Christine Elliana Michelle Starr

Research Interests


  • Early Sexualization                                                                                                        

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) participation and motivation among girls and women  

  • Media Literacy and Mediation                                                                                             

  • Self-Objectification and Objectification theory                                                                       

  • PTSD

Biography, Education and Training

I am attending the developmental psychology doctoral program to pursue my interest in women and girls' motivation in STEM as well as outcome, risk, and protective factors of early sexualization and objectification of girls. In the past I have worked on several projects related to PTSD, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and the military at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.


My advisor is Dr. Cam Leaper, and Dr. Eileen Zurbriggen also mentors me on different projects.

Honors, Awards and Grants


  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014-2017                                  

  • Robert S. Harper Prize for Graduate Study in Psychology, 2010                                                      

  • Richter Research Grant, 2010

Selected Presentations


  • Starr, C. R., Larson, E., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2015, March). The Enemy Within: The role of sexual assault and PTSD among female US veterans. Poster presented at 40th Annual Conference of The Association for Women in Psychology, San Francisco, California.

  • Brown, C., Starr, C. R., & Kaur, S. (2015, March). Supporting Ourselves and Each Other: First generation, low-income, and women of color graduate student’s experiences. Round table discussion presented at 40th Annual Conference of The Association for Women in Psychology, San Francisco, California.

  • Starr, C. R., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2014, October). Pouty Princesses and Skeletons in Fishnets: A Content Analysis of Sexualization and Stereotypes in Children’s Fashion Dolls. Poster presented at Gender Development Conference, San Francisco, California.

  • Starr, C. R.,& Ferguson, G. M. (2013, March). The Role of Media and Mothering in Young Girls’ Self-Sexualization. Invited paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of The Association for Women in Psychology, Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Starr, C.R., & Larson, E. (2014, March). Sleep Disturbance and Acute Changes in Cognition among Veterans with PTSD and mTBI. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Brain International Injury Conference, San Francisco, California.

Teaching Interests


  • Statistics

  • Psych of Trauma