Dr. Brittany Lakin-Starr is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist treating children, families, and adults and is the cofounder of the Chicago Center for Growth and Change, which provides individual, family and group therapy. Dr. Lakin-Starr also founded the Chicago Center for Psychodrama, a psychodrama training center in Chicago. She currently offers one-day and weekend long trainings throughout the Chicagoland Area. To find out more about current psychodrama trainings, please visit her website or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previously, Dr. Lakin-Starr worked for 7 years as a staff psychologist at Illinois Masonic Medical Centerâ€™s Behavioral Health Services where she provided supervision and didactic instruction for the psychology training program. For the last six years, she has led psychodrama therapy groups for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma. She has also worked with individuals with more chronic mental illness. In 2015, she created the Psychodrama Training Track to allow practicum students to gain specific skills and experiences in psychodrama. Recently, she was a guest on Dr. Zachary Friedmanâ€™s podcast, The 50 Minute Hour, a therapy podcast for lay people, where they discussed psychodrama, its benefits, and how it works. In December of 2016, Dr. Lakin-Starr won an MVP for her work in Psychodrama.
Dr. Lakin-Starr earned her Bachelorâ€™s degree in Psychology at the University of New Mexico. She received her Masterâ€™s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology, with a specialty in children and families, from Loyola University in Chicago. She completed her internship at Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her psychodrama training from the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute and the Mid-South Center for Psychodrama. Dr. Lakin-Starr has worked in a variety of settings and has helped adults and children in medical centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, childrenâ€™s hospitals, community mental health centers and college counseling centers.
Dr. Lakin-Starr has 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.