A photo of Lori Stark.

Director, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Arnold W. Strauss Endowed Chair for Mentoring

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

Biography & Affiliation


I am a psychologist and researcher with more than 30 years in the field. My focus is on developing clinical interventions to help children who have acute and chronic conditions adhere to their medical treatments. My research is specifically concerned with dietary adherence. Diet is one of the more difficult behavioral changes to make, but it yields significant impact on health.

I came to Cincinnati Children’s in 1998. One line of my research here is helping families of children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Dietary recommendations for these children require that they consume 50% to 100% more calories than a child without this condition.

Our web-based intervention, called BeInCharge.org, is currently being tested in clinical practice. This intervention, for children ages 3 to 12 with CF, is one of the most researched and effective treatments for helping families change behavioral patterns to meet CF dietary guidelines.

My interest in research began when I worked with families clinically and saw the struggles they experienced trying to get their child with CF to eat more, or their child with obesity to eat less. A second area of my research addresses obesity in young children — preschoolers, toddlers and at-risk infants.

During my career, I’m proud to have received the Logan Wright Distinguished Research Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54 of the American Psychological Association (APA), in 2003. I also received the 2015 Society of Pediatric Psychology Award for Outstanding Mentorship, Division 54 of the APA. And I was honored by the Greater Cincinnati YWCA as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2015.

Clinical Interests

Health psychology; anxiety; behavior problems; parent training; adherence to medical regimen; coping with illness

Research Interests

Behavioral interventions

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Clinical Psychology

Blog Posts

Reimagining How We Think About Our Brains

Mind Brain Behavior

Reimagining How We Think About Our Brains

Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP, Tracy A. Glauser, MD7/3/2019

Teaming Up to Solve a Headache About Headaches

Mind Brain Behavior

Teaming Up to Solve a Headache About Headaches

Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP, Scott W. Powers, PhD, ABPP, FAHS ...7/3/2019


PhD: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1985.

Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 1984-1985.

Certification: Clinical Psychology, 1985.


Early-life determinants of excess weight in children born heavy. Goetz, AR; Rybak, TM; Peugh, JL; Stark, LJ. Pediatric Obesity. 2020; 15.

Changes in diet quality and home food environment in preschool children following weight management. Robson, SM; Ziegler, ML; McCullough, MB; Stough, CO; Zion, C; Simon, SL; Ittenbach, RF; Stark, LJ. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2019; 16.

Treatment of Maternal Depression in Pediatric Primary Care. Herbst, RB; Ammerman, RT; Perry, SP; Zion, CE; Rummel, MK; McClure, JM; Stark, LJ. Clinical Pediatrics. 2019; 58:1436-1439.

Sleep duration and bedtime in preschool-age children with obesity: Relation to BMI and diet following a weight management intervention. Simon, SL; Goetz, AR; Meier, M; Brinton, J; Zion, C; Stark, LJ. Pediatric Obesity. 2019; 14.

Maintenance Following a Randomized Trial of a Clinic and Home-based Behavioral Intervention of Obesity in Preschoolers. Stark, LJ; Filigno, SS; Kichler, JC; Bolling, C; Ratcliff, MB; Robson, SM; Simon, SL; McCullough, MB; Clifford, LM; Stough, CO; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 213:128-136.e3.

Psychological predictors of nutritional adherence in adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Borschuk, AP; Filigno, SS; Opipari-Arrigan, L; Peugh, J; Stark, LJ. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN. 2019; 33:143-147.

Longer sleep duration during infancy and toddlerhood predicts weight normalization among high birth weight infants. Goetz, AR; Beebe, DW; Peugh, JL; Mara, CA; Lanphear, BP; Braun, JM; Yolton, K; Stark, LJ. Sleep. 2019; 42.

Secondary impact of a behavioral intervention on dietary quality in preschoolers with obesity. Towner, EK; Robson, SM; Stark, LJ. Children's Health Care. 2019; 48:75-89.

Comparison of High and Normal Birth Weight Infants on Eating, Feeding Practices, and Subsequent Weight. Stough, CO; Bolling, C; Zion, C; Stark, LJ. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2018; 22:1805-1814.

Preliminary efficacy of a daily living skills intervention for adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Duncan, A; Ruble, LA; Meinzen-Derr, J; Thomas, C; Stark, LJ. Autism: the international journal of research and practice. 2018; 22:983-994.