BA (Oxon), MBPsS
My doctoral research concerns the neural, attentional and behavioural mechanisms underlying parent-infant interaction. This research has a specific emphasis on parent-infant interaction in the context of infant craniofacial abnormality, and the development of interventions to support these families. This work will form part of a larger project to elucidate the functional neuroanatomy of the human parental brain, and to understand how such mechanisms might function in the context of psychiatric disorder such as postnatal depression.
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.
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., 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.