Staresinic Claire Nicole

Claire Staresinic is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is pursuing a double major in psychology and German with a minor in biology. She will be taking the next step towards becoming a psychiatrist by applying to medical school in May. Claire is passionate about increasing access to mental health care as well as treating and destigmatizing mental illness. She hopes to build on her previous experience in outpatient behavioral health by conducting medical research or working in psychiatric inpatient treatment. Claire’s paternal great-grandparents hail from Slovenia, and she is eager to discover more about her Slovenian roots and build relationships in a country that already feels like home. She also hopes to foster conversations between leaders in mental health research in both Slovenia and the United States to help expand resources in both nations. In her free time, Claire loves to draw and paint, play the oboe, visit the local farmers’ market, and indulge in just a little bit of reality TV.