ELOISE STARK

ASSISTANT PSYCHOLOGIST &

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER.

ABOUT ME

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford, within the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing within the Department of Psychiatry. I also work as an Assistant Psychologist for Oxfordshire CAMHS. 


I am interested in a wide range of topics and therapeutic modalities, including cases of clinical complexity, using CBT alongside third wave therapeutic approaches such as compassion-focused therapy and ACT, and transdiagnostic treatment targets such as intolerance of uncertainty. I also have growing clinical and research interest in autism, particularly phenotypic expression (e.g. autism in women and girls), autism and mental health conditions such as trauma and psychosis, adapting psychological therapies for autistic individuals, and autistic cognition. 

My doctoral research concerned the neural basis of instinctive caregiving behaviour within the context of parent-infant interaction. This work has set a precedent for future work to better understand perinatal distress, such as postpartum depression. During my doctorate, I also published on topics including post-traumatic stress, happiness and eudaimonia, music, autism, and cuteness.

I am a part of the Hedonia Research Group, led by Professor Morten Kringelbach, situated within the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing, University of Oxford. I also work within the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, led by Professor Alan Stein. I completed my doctoral studies at Green Templeton College, Oxford. 

ACADEMIC PATH

Dame Alice Harpur School

Completed A levels, 2007, in Biology, English Literature, History and French

MA (Oxon) Experimental Psychology

University of Oxford - 2010 to 2013

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Funded by the Medical Research Council - University of Oxford - 2020 to present

Graduate Research Assistant

The Scars of War Foundation - University of Oxford - 2013 to 2014

Research Assistant

Language and Cognitive Development Research Group - University of Oxford - 2012

DPhil candidate in Psychiatry

Hedonia Research Group - Department of Psychiatry - University of Oxford - 2014 to 2020

PROJECTS

My work so far spans several different topics, including the neural basis of face processing, parent-infant interaction, infant emotionality, post-traumatic stress, music and eudaimonia, the neural signature of creativity, autism in women and girls, and the autistic brain. Here is a snapshot of some of my projects!

CONTACT DETAILS

Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK

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