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Eloise Stark

MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), MBPsS

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a part-time Postdoctoral Researcher within the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing. I also work part-time as an Assistant Psychologist for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

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. 

In 2013, I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Before commencing my DPhil I worked as a Graduate Research Assistant within the Hedonia: TrygFonden Research Group here at the Department of Psychiatry in Oxford. Specifically I worked with the Scars of War Foundation, using neuroscience to determine how trauma affects the brain. 

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. I have been funded by a Medical Research Council Studentship, and supervised by Professor Morten Kringelbach and Professor Alan Stein.


On Cuteness: Unlocking the Parental Brain and Beyond 

Kringelbach, M. L., Stark, E. A. et al., (2016) Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20 (7), 545-558.

Neurobiology of Human Parenting

Stark, E. A., Stein, A., Young, K. S., Parsons, C. E., & Kringelbach, M. L. (2019). In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.) Handbook of Parenting (Third Edition). Volume 2: The Biology and Ecology of Parenting. London: Routledge, pp. 250-284. 

Co-production with Autistic Adults: Reflections from the Authentistic Research Collective.

Stark, E., Ali, D., Ayre, A., Schneider, N., Parveen, S., Marais, K., Holmes, N., & Pender, R (2020). Autism in Adulthood. 

Are We Designed to Be Happy? The Neuroscience of Making Sense of Pleasure

Stark, E., Berridge, K. C., & Kringelbach, M. L. (2020). The Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behavior.

Understanding the human parental brain: A critical role of the orbitofrontal cortex

Parsons, C. E., Stark, E. A., et al. (2013). Social Neuroscience, 8 (6), 525-543. 

Autism in Women

Stark, E. A. (2018) The Psychologist

Is slowness the essence of knowledge? 

Stark, E. A. (2017) The Psychologist, 30, 38-41.

Rebuilding lives in the Recovery College

Stark, E. (2020). The Psychologist, 33, 44-46. 

Effective psychological treatment for PTSD changes the dynamics of specific large-scale brain networks

Charquero-Ballester, M., Kleim, B., Vidaurre, D., Ruff, C., Stark, E., McManners H., Bar-Haim, Y., Williams, S. C. R., Woolrich, M., Kringelbach, M. L., & Ehlers, A. (Preprint at biorxiv). 

The dynamics of the improvising brain: a study of musical creativity using jazz improvisation

Da Mota, P. A., Fernandes, H. M., Stark, E., Cabral, J., Heggli, O. A., Sousa, N., Kringelbach, M. L., & Vuust, P. (Preprint at biorxiv).