3to2_STAR leadership b&w small copy.jpgSTAR Initiative leadership includes four highly acco​mplished female faculty members representing four DPHB-affiliated hospitals with collectively over $36 million in active research funding in the PI role. Their research projects examine risk and resilience spanning from the prenatal period through infancy, childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood, and include ecological approaches to measurement of exposures, novel molecular and biobehavioral mechanisms, and evaluations of preventative interventions.

  • Audrey Tyrka, MD, PhD


    Audrey Tyrka, MD, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Chair of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Dr. Tyrka is Co-Director of the Center for Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR), which includes the STAR COBRE Center and a STAR Research Postdoctoral Fellowship T32 program. Internationally known for her groundbreaking work on early adversity, Dr.

  • Co-Director

    Laura Stroud, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She serves as Director of the COBRE Center for Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) and Director and Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital.

  • Co-Director

    Stephanie Parade, PhD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and a research psychologist at E. P. Bradley Hospital.  Dr. Parade’s research is focused on infant and early childhood development in contexts of risk, with emphasis on the biopsychosocial consequences of adverse childhood experiences on health across the lifespan.

  • Associate Director

    Nicole Nugent, PhD is a Professor, Research Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Brown Medical School and is a child clinical psychologist at the Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Research Center. Dr.