Christine Elliana Michelle Starr

TitleSocial Psychology PhD Program
DivisionGraduate Studies Division
DepartmentPsychology Department
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OfficeSocial Sciences 2, room 445
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MailSocial Sciences 2 Room 145
Santa Cruz, CA
Christine Elliana Michelle Starr

Research Interests

-Early Sexualization
-Media Literacy and Mediation
-Self-Objectification and Objectification theory
-Increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) participation among girls

Biography, Education and Training

I am attending the social psychology doctoral program to pursue my interest in risk and protective factors of the sexualization of young girls as well as programs to encourage girls in STEM fields. 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.

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 Publications

Selected Presentations

  •             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.

  • Starr, C.R. (2012, June). The Traumatic Brain Injury National Database: Developing a Model System. Presented at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Novitski, J., Larson, E., & Starr, C. R. (2014, Feb). Relationship between Sleep Disturbance and Cognition in Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Poster presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the International Neurological Society, Seattle, Washington.

  • Zollman, F., Starr, C.R., Kondiles, B., Cyborski, C., & Larson, E. (2013, March). The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago military Traumatic Brain Injury screening instrument: Determination of sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value. Poster presented at the American Academy of Neurology 65th Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

Teaching Interests

-Psych of Trauma