Louisa A. Stark, Ph.D.

she/her

Professor; H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair; Director, Genetic Science Learning Center

Research Focus

My research seeks to realize a vision of universal science and health literacy that empowers individuals to make informed decisions for themselves, their family, their community and our planet; increases research literacy and support for biomedical research; and sparks the interest of the next generation of biomedical scientists, while simultaneously advancing the science of education research and community engagement. My work is grounded in engaging multiple stakeholders throughout all phases of a project, facilitating development of resources, interventions, and programs that address end-users’ interests and needs, and that are scientifically accurate, engaging and effective. I am committed to collaborating with diverse individuals and community members as full partners in projects and to facilitating their participation with other investigators.

Representative Publications

Asnaani, A., Sanchez-Birkhead, A., Kaur, K., Mukundente, V., Napia, E., Tavake-Pasi, F., Villalta, J., Lee, D., Stark, L., Brown, H., & Crowell, S. (2021). Utilizing community partnerships to devise a framework for cultural adaptations to evidence-based mental health practice in diverse communities. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2022.06.006

Drits-Esser, D., Hardcastle, J., Bass, K., Homburger, S., Malone, M., Pompei, K., DeBoer, G., Stark, L.A. (2021). Randomized controlled trial of a cohesive eight-week evolution unit that incorporates molecular genetics and principles of the Next Generation Science Standards. CBE-Life Science Education. September 1, 2021 20:ar50. doi:1187/cbe.20-01-0008

Docherty, A., Kious, B., Brown, T., Francis, L., Stark, L., Keeshin, B., Botkin, J., DiBlasi, E., Gray, D., Coon, H. (2021). Ethical concerns related to polygenic risk scores for suicide. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics. 2021;186B(8): 433-444. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.b.32871

Delaney, R.K., Pinto, N.M., Ozanne, E.M., Brown, H., Stark, L.A., Watt, M.H., Karasawa, M., Patel, A., Donofrio, M.T., Steltzer, M.M., Miller, S.G., Zickmund, S.L., & Fagerlin, A. Parents’ decision-making for their foetus or neonate with a severe congenital heart defect. Cardiology in the Young. 2021:1-8. doi:10.1017/S1047951121003218. PMID: 34407894

Marsh, E.E., Kappelman, M.D., Kost, R.G., Mudd-Martin, G., Shannon J., Stark, L.A., Carrasquillo, O. (2021). Community engagement during COVID: A field report from seven CTSAs. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 5:e104,1-7. doi:10.1017/cts.2021.785. PMID: 34192058; PMCID: PMC8185415

Kepka, D., Bodson, J., Lai D., Sanchez-Birkhead, A.C., Davis, F.A., Lee, D., Tavake-Pasi, F,. Napia, E., Villalta, J., Mukundente, V., Mooney, R., Coulter, H., Stark, L.A. (2021). Diverse caregivers’ HPV vaccine-related awareness and knowledge. Ethnicity and Health. 2021 Aug;26(6):811-826. DOI:10.1080/13557858.2018.1562052. Epub 2018 Dec 27. PMID: 30589389. PMCID: PMC6597331

Homburger, S.A., Drits-Esser, D., Malone, M., Stark, L.A. (2021). Building argumentation skills in the biology classroom: An evolution unit that develops students’ capacity to construct arguments from evidence. American Biology Teacher 83(2): 104-111

Frost, C.J., Johnson, E.P., Witte, B., Stark, L., Botkin, J., Rothwell, E. (2021). Electronic informed consent information for residual newborn specimen research: Findings from focus groups with diverse populations. Journal of Community Genetics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12687-020-00496-y. PMID: 33481187

Rothwell, E., Johnson, E., Wong, B., Goldenberg, A., Tarini, B.A., Riches, N., Stark, L.A., Pries, C., Langbo, C., Langen, E., Botkin, J. (2020). Comparison of video, app and standard consent processes on decision-making for biospecimen research: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 2020 Apr 3; 1556264620913455. doi: 10.1177/1556264620913455. PMID: 32242760. PMCID: PMC7486234

Homburger, S.A., Drits-Esser, D., Malone, M., Pompei, K., Breitenbach, K., Perkins, R.D., Anderson, P.C., Barber, N.C., Hawkins, A.J., Katz, S., Kelly, M., Starr, H., Bass, K.M., Roseman, J.E., Hardcastle, J., DeBoer, G., Stark, L.A. (2019). Development and pilot testing of a three-dimensional, phenomenon-based unit that integrates evolution and heredity. Evolution: Education and Outreach 12:13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12052-019-0106-1  

Drits-Esser, D., Coulter, H., Mannello, M., Sunada, G., Alder, S., Davis, P.F.A., Lee, D., Mukundente, V., Napia, E., Ralls, R., Rickard, S., Tavake-Pasi, O.F., Stark, L.A. (2019). The Community Faces model: Community, university and health department partners thriving together for effective health education. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, 2(1), 10. PMID: 33728408; PMCID: PMC7959871. https://collaborations.miami.edu/articles/29/

Complete list at MyBibliography

Personnel

Rochelle C. Cassells, Ph.D.
Rochelle C. Cassells, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Kristin Fenker, Ph.D.
Kristin Fenker, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Staff

Kagan Breitenbach
Kagan Breitenbach

Music Composer/Sound Designer

Jonathan Conger
Jonathan Conger

Associate Software Developer

Moriah Davies
Moriah Davies

Graphic Artist

Nathan Holland
Nathan Holland

Graphic Designer

Jonny Holmgren
Jonny Holmgren

Web Designer

Max Kelly
Max Kelly

Media Production Manager

Harini Krishnan
Harini Krishnan

Research Scientist

Molly Malone
Molly Malone

Sr. Education Specialist

Claudia Morales
Claudia Morales

Project Manager

Steve Ortiz
Steve Ortiz

Administrative Program Coordinator

Jen Taylor
Jen Taylor

Education Specialist

Arthur Veenema
Arthur Veenema

Video Producer/Director

Brooklee Watters
Brooklee Watters

User Experience Software Developer



Contact Information

Email: louisa.stark@utah.edu

Office: 801.585.0019

Lab:

Building/Office: EIHG 5110; 515 Tower, Suite 300