Christine Elliana Michelle Starr

TitlePhD Candidate
DivisionGraduate Studies Division
DepartmentPsychology Department
Phone309-212-5433
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OfficeSocial Sciences 2, room 150A
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Santa Cruz, CA
95064
Christine Elliana Michelle Starr

Research Interests


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

  • Media Literacy and Mediation  

  • Early Sexualization

  • 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. Campbell 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 Publications

Selected Presentations


  • Starr, C. R. (2017).  Who we are in VR: Virtual reality experience enhances STEM motivation among women. Invited paper to be presented at the Media Preconference for the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Washington, D.C.

  • Starr, C. R., Anderson, B., Walsh, A., & Leaper, C. (2017). “STEM just isn’t for me”: STEM stereotypes, identity, and motivation among a sample of Latina, European, and Asian American undergraduate women. Paper to be presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Washington, D.C.

  • Starr, C. R., & Leaper, C. (2017, March). Stereotyping, self-objectification, perceived support in relation to girls' and boys' math motivation. Paper symposium talk presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Austin, Texas. 

  • Starr, C. R., & Leaper, C. (2016, October). “I wanna be pretty and smart… but not, like, a scientist or anything”: Self-objectification and expectancy beliefs about math. Poster presented at the Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, California.

  • Starr, C. R., & Zurbriggen, E. L. (2016, March). “Pretty, sweet, nice, and well dressed”: Sexualization among 6-9 year old girls. Invited paper presented at the Stanford-Berkeley-UCSC Conference, Berkeley, CA.

  • 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.

  • Rosales, C. E., 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.

Teaching Interests

Gender and Development, Statistics, Research Methods, Psychology of Trauma