Dr. Mark Schirmer obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Schirmer completed his internship at the Lexington VA Medical Center, conducting individual and group therapy for Veterans with PTSD, substance use disorders, and metabolic syndrome. His experience included formal training in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and serving on the LGBTQQI Care Coordination Team. Dr. Schirmer has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families, treating clients with substance use disorders, PTSD, conduct disorders, personality disorders, OCD, depression, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Schirmer has also co-led gender-affirming group therapy for transgender adults.

Dr. Schirmer has extensive experience treating substance use disorders and is a certified facilitator for SMART Recovery, an evidence-based addiction recovery program grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. His work in treating addictions includes rotations at the Lighthouse Adolescent Recovery Center and the Robley Rex VA Medical Center’s Substance Abuse Treatment Center. At the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, he is supervised by Dr. Street Russell.

Beyond his clinical work, Dr. Schirmer has 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 will remain on the leadership committee following the chapter’s launch.


Schirmer, M. (2017, August). Rainbow in the Bluegrass: A Survey of the Well-Being of the Adult LGBTQ Population in Kentucky. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washignton DC.

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