MA (Oxon), MBPsS
I am currently in the final stages of my DPhil in Psychiatry, while working part-time as an Assistant Psychologist for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. I will continue within the Department of Psychiatry as a Postdoctoral Researcher, following the submission of my doctoral thesis.
My doctoral research concerns the neural mechanisms underlying face perception with a focus on the salience of infant faces. This work will form part of a larger project to elucidate the functional neuroanatomy of the human parental brain, and to understand psychiatric disorders, such as postpartum depression. I have also published on topics including post-traumatic stress, happiness and eudaimonia, music, autism, and cuteness.
I have growing clinical and research interest in autism, particularly phenotypic expression, autism and mental health, adapting psychological therapies for autistic individuals, and how autistic cognition affects brain dynamics. I am also interested in clinical complexity, third wave therapeutic approaches such as compassion-focused therapy and ACT, and transdiagnostic treatment targets such as intolerance of uncertainty.
I am funded by a Medical Research Council Studentship, and supervised by Professor Morten Kringelbach and Professor Alan Stein within the section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing. I am a graduate scholar at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
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.
Kringelbach, M. L., Stark, E. A. et al., (2016) Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20 (7), 545-558.
Stark, E. A. et al. (2019). Cerebral Cortex, 1-11.
Stark, E., Berridge, K. C., & Kringelbach, M. L. (2020). The Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behavior.
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.
Parsons, C. E., Stark, E. A., et al. (2013). Social Neuroscience, 8 (6), 525-543.
Stark, E.A. et al., (2015), Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 56, 207-221.
Stark, E. A. et al. (2018) Progress in Brain Research, 237, 129-152.
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).
Da Mota, P. A., Fernandes, H. M., Stark, E., Cabral, J., Heggli, O. A., Sousa, N., Kringelbach, M. L., & Vuust, P. (Preprint at biorxiv).