Graduate: Loyola University Chicago, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, child and family track


Undergraduate: University of New Mexico


Clinical Internship

Indiana University School of Medicine


Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center


Certifications: Psychodrama (Trained at the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute and the Mid-South Center for Psychodrama)

Dr. Lakin-Starr is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a certified trainer, educator, and practitioner of psychodrama. She is the founder of the Chicago Center for Psychodrama and offers trainings and workshops to hospitals and mental health facilities across Chicago.

Dr. Lakin-Starr also treats children, families, and adults in her role as the cofounder of the Chicago Center for Growth and Change, a therapy practice in Chicago. She has been using psychodrama as a therapeutic tool for the last 8 years in both individual and group therapy.


Dr. Lakin-Starr previously worked for 7 years as a staff psychologist at Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Services where she provided supervision and didactic instruction for the clinical psychology training program. For the last five and a half years, she led psychodrama therapy groups for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma. She also led psychodrama groups for individuals with chronic mental illness.


In 2015, she created the Psychodrama Training Track at Illinois Masonic Medical Center's Behavioral Health Services to allow practicum students to gain specific skills and experiences in psychodrama. Recently, she was a guest on Dr. Zachary Friedman’s podcast, The 50 Minute Hour, a therapy podcast for lay people, where they discussed psychodrama, its benefits, and how it works. 

Dr. Lakin-Starr has worked in a variety of settings and has helped adults and children in medical centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, children’s hospitals, community mental health centers and college counseling centers. 

Dr. Lakin-Starr has also taught many undergraduate psychology classes as adjunct faculty at Loyola University and is a frequent guest lecturer at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She conducts the mental health lecture series for both the Physical Therapy and the Prosthetics and Orthotics programs.