Dr. Mark Schirmer is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders, where he provides individual and group therapy. He obtained his master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University. Dr. Schirmer completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Lexington VA Medical Center and his post-doctoral fellowship at the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders, the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, and the Louisville OCD Clinic. He has conducted therapy in a number of community, private, and federal settings using evidence-based treatments. Dr. Schirmer has experience working with clients of various age groups and diverse ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Dr. Schirmer evaluates and treats individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and disordered eating arising from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). His group work includes meal therapy, DBT skills training, and exposure-based treatment, as well as co-leading a support group for family members of people with eating disorders. In addition to eating disorders, Dr. Schirmer treats co-occurring diagnoses, such as OCD, depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders.

In collaboration with the Fairness Campaign, Dr. Schirmer served as project lead to establish a Kentucky-based affiliate of SAGE, a national non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life for older sexual and gender minority adults. He remains on the executive committee for SAGE of the Bluegrass, coordinating efforts with national leadership. Dr. Schirmer frequently presents to local organizations on the subject of issues confronting the older LGBTQ population.

Dr. Schirmer is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association.

SELECTED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

  • Schirmer, M. T. (2018, May 11). Social and emotional factors shaping the health of older LGBTQ adults. Training session for clinical staff at Hosparus, Louisville, KY.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2018, April 26). Challenges of LGBT aging. Presentation at the annual conference of the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association and the Kentucky Housing Corporation, Louisville, KY.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2017, October 31). LGBT aging & well-being. Training session for the geriatrics faculty at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2017, August 3). Rainbow in the bluegrass: A survey of the well-being of the adult LGBTQ population in Kentucky. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2017, June 23). LGBT aging & health. Training session for staff at Compass Counseling & Psychological Services, Louisville, KY.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2013, April 23). Assessing the health and well-being of LGBT older adults in Kentucky: A planned study. Presentation in the Aging fairly series at the University of Louisville’s Chao Auditorium, Louisville, KY.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2008, November). Fueling the future in a carbon-averse environment. Paper presented at the meeting of the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center, Newport, KY.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2007, May). Trends and implications of Hispanic migration to Kentucky. Paper presented at the meeting of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, Frankfort, KY.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2006, November). Hispanic migration in Kentucky. Paper presented at the meeting of the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center, Lexington, KY.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2003, October). Bluegrass and blacktop: The transformation of Kentucky’s landscape. Paper presented at the meeting of the Governor’s Conference on the Environment, Lexington, KY.

Books

  • Childress, M. T., Dunavent, B. S., Schirmer, M. T., Smith-Mello, M., & Watts, A. L. (2008). Visioning Kentucky’s future: Measures and milestones 2008. Frankfort, KY: KLTPRC.
  • Crouch, R., & Schirmer, M. T. (2007). Immigration and demographics. In S. King, B. S. Dunavent, M. T. Schirmer, M. Smith-Mello, & A. L. Watts (Eds.), Measures and milestones 2006: Trends affecting Kentucky’s future—The conference proceedings (pp.105-116). Frankfort, KY: KLTPRC.
  • Childress, M. T., Dunavent, B. S., Schirmer, M. T., Smith-Mello, M., & Watts, A. L. (2006). Visioning Kentucky’s future: Measures and milestones 2006. Frankfort, KY: KLTPRC.
  • Childress, M. T., Dunavent, B. S., Schirmer, M. T., Smith-Mello, M., & Watts, A. L. (2004). Visioning Kentucky’s future: Measures and milestones 2004. Frankfort, KY: KLTPRC.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2002). Bluegrass and blacktop: The transformation of Kentucky’s landscape. In M. Smith-Mello, M. T. Schirmer, & B. M. Sebastian (Eds.), The road ahead: Uncertainty and opportunity in a changed world (pp. 57-72). Frankfort, KY: KLTPRC.
  • Childress, M. T., Schirmer, M. T., Sebastian, B. M., Smith-Mello, M., & Watts, A. L. (2002). Visioning Kentucky’s future: Measures and milestones 2002. Frankfort, KY: KLTPRC
  • Childress, M. T., Schirmer, M. T., Sebastian, B. M., Smith-Mello, M., & Watts, A. L. (2000). Visioning Kentucky’s future: Measures and milestones 2000. Frankfort, KY: KLTPRC.

Articles

  • Challman, D., Lambert, S. C., & Schirmer, M. T. (2009). Fueling the future in a carbon-averse environment. Conference Briefs, 1, 1-4.
  • Smith-Mello, M., Childress, M. T., Watts, A. L., Schirmer, M. T., & Dunavent, B. S. (2008). Children at the economic margins key to sustaining progress. Foresight, 51, 1-14.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2007). Preschool in Kentucky: Current status and future trends. Policy Notes, 24, 1-2.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2006). Trends and implications of Hispanic migration to Kentucky. Foresight, 47, 1-4.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2006). Broadband access, use key to state’s future. Foresight, 45, 5-6.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2005). A year of CAN-SPAM, a year of more spam. Foresight, 43, 1-6.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2004). The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003: A six-month progress report. Policy Notes, 15, 1-2.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2003). Is a school voucher program feasible for Kentucky? Foresight, 9(4), 4-6.
  • Schirmer, M. T. (2002). Enhancing the promise of online education in Kentucky. Policy Notes, 10, 1-2.
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