Kathleen Starr
Managing Director, Behavioral Science
Syneos Health

Kathleen holds a doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami and completed a post-doctorate fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. As a health psychologist, Kathleen brings expertise in disease management, treatment adherence, and health outcomes that spans many therapeutic areas including oncology, diabetes, HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions and chronic pain. She continues to work in the community with patients (and their supporters) facing the challenges associated with serious illness. Over the span of her career, she has worked in a wide range of healthcare settings ranging from academic medical centers and government agencies to private multidisciplinary medical practices.
She has more than 20 years of experience in the life science industry translating behavioral insight into commercial strategy. Kathleen leads the Behavioral Science practice that focuses on bridging the gap between the academic silos generating insights in human behavior and the biopharma innovators creating real world solutions. Leveraging expertise in human perception, decision-making, and the science of behavior, she has spent her career providing clients with an evidence-based framework to build engaging stakeholder experiences.
Kathleen recently co-authored a guidebook for healthcare communicators, advocates and change agents: “Wired to Resist. The surprising truths about motivating behavior change”.