• Meet the Stark Lab

    The Stark Lab is made up of many talented and enthusiastic individuals. We share a common goal of using family-based behavioral interventions to improve health outcomes for children with health conditions. Click on an individual’s picture to learn more about his/her role in the lab.

  • Lori Stark headshot.
    Lori Stark headshot.

    Lori Stark, PhD, ABPP

    Lori has been working in the area of child behavior and nutrition for more than 25 years. Her current projects address nutritional outcomes for children with cystic fibrosis and treating obesity in preschool children.  Contact her at Lori.Stark@cchmc.org.

    Lori Stark

    Megan Caddell
    Megan Caddell

    Megan Caddell

    Megan is a clinical research coordinator with the Stark Lab.  She graduated from Northern Kentucky University in December 2010 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Biology.  She enjoys being involved with both the LAUNCH study for preschool obesity and the Be In Charge study for children with cystic fibrosis.  Her favorite thing about her role is working directly with families.  She hopes to pursue a career in the field of psychology as a child life specialist or a behavioral therapist for children with Autism.

    Megan Caddell

    Jared Connor
    Jared Connor

    Jared Connor

    Jared is a clinical research coordinator with the Stark Lab. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 with a BA in Psychology. He is currently working on the LAUNCH and Be In Charge studies preparing and organizing materials for these programs, working directly with families, and assessing their progress through data collection. Contact him at Jared.Connor@cchmc.org.

    Jared Connor

    Kichler-Jessica-Stark-Lab-200_jpg
    Kichler-Jessica-Stark-Lab-60x70_jpg

    Jessica Kichler

    Jessica actively administers the motivational interviewing (MI) arm of the LAUNCH study. Her research interests align with her clinical work in the Diabetes Program. Specific interests include the areas of adjustment and coping, adherence, and the psychosocial outcomes of chronic illness in children and families.

    Jessica Kichler

    Looney-Shannon-Marie-Stark-Lab-200_jpg
    Looney-Shannon-Marie-Stark-Lab-60x70_jpg

    Shannon Looney

    Shannon is a registered dietitian and postdoctoral fellow in Child Behavior and Nutrition. She is an interventionist for the child clinic and home sessions for the LAUNCH study. Her research is focused on behavioral-based pediatric nutrition interventions with a specific emphasis on pediatric obesity prevention and treatment. Specifically, Shannon seeks to identify modifiable dietary strategies and behaviors for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight in children. She also strives to understand how to translate these interventions outside the research setting to improve child weight outcomes in practice.

    Shannon Looney

    McCullough-Mary-Beth-Stark-Lab-200_jpg
    McCullough-Mary-Beth-Stark-Lab-60x70_jpg

    Mary Beth McCullough

    Mary Beth McCullough is a T32 postdoctoral fellow working within the Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research. She works with Dr. Lori Stark to deliver and examine family-based behavior and nutrition treatments for preschoolers who are obese. She graduated from Suffolk University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and specialized in Pediatric Psychology while on internship at Brown University. Mary Beth’s specific research and clinical interests are in the treatment of pediatric obesity, with an emphasis in the social and cultural contextual factors associated with the development and maintenance of weight-related health behaviors.

    Mary Beth McCullough

    Angela Moore
    Angela Moore

    Angela Moore

    Angela is a clinical research coordinator with the Stark Lab.  She graduated with a BS in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Northern Kentucky University in 2012.  She enjoys the flexibility of her role from recruiting families to completing assessments and collecting data.  Contact her at Angela.Moore@cchmc.org.

    Angela Moore

    Cindy Scharf
    Cindy Scharf

    Cindy Scharf

    Cindy is the Senior Project Management Specialist in the lab.  She works closely with Dr. Stark to manage the lab’s on-going clinical trials and to oversee the studies coordination.  She has worked on the development and evaluation of behavioral and nutritional interventions aimed at improving health outcomes in children with cystic fibrosis and decreasing obesity in already obese preschool-aged children.  She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BS in psychology and minor in Healthcare.

    Cindy Scharf

    Stephanie Spear-Filigno
    Stephanie Spear-Filigno

    Stephanie Spear-Filigno

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 

    Dr. Filigno collaborates with Scott Powers and Lori Stark within the Center for Child Behavior and Nutrition Research and Training to develop test and deliver family-based behavior and nutrition treatments for young children with CF and preschoolers who are obese.  Dr. Filigno’s specific interests are in the role of early intervention and parent and family factors that impact care routines and health outcomes.  Dr. Filigno is the dedicated outpatient psychologist for the CF Center and actively collaborates with the CF team in quality improvement work that aims to improve outcomes for children with CF and their families.  Dr. Filigno also operates an outpatient clinic within Behavioral Medicine in which she provides treatment for preschoolers and toddlers with emotional and behavioral concerns. 

    Stephanie Spear-Filigno

    Stough-Cathleen-Stark-Lab-200_jpg
    Stough-Cathleen-Stark-Lab-60x70_jpg

    Cathy Stough

    Cathy is a Behavioral Medicine O’Grady Resident in Clinical Psychology and is involved with a number of projects in the Stark Lab (e.g., LAUNCH). She is currently an advanced doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas and previously graduated with her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton. Cathy’s research and clinical interests include treatment of pediatric obesity, mealtime behaviors of children with chronic health conditions and their families (e.g., children with autism, children who are overweight), and child food selectivity.

    Cathy Stough