• 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

    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

    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

    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

    Megan Ratcliff
    Megan Ratcliff

    Megan Ratcliff

    Megan helped to develop and actively administers the motivational interviewing (MI) arm of the LAUNCH study. Her research interests align with her clinical work in the Center for Better Health and Nutrition and the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens. Specific interests include understanding child and family motivation for and engagement in different types of overweight/obesity treatment.

    Megan Ratcliff

    Marlie Montgomery
    Marlie Montgomery

    Marlie Montgomery

    Marlie is the Senior Administrative Assistant for Division Director, Lori J. Stark, Ph.D., ABPP in Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology.

    Marlie Montgomery