Mark Schirmer, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist


Dr. Mark Schirmer is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Louisville OCD Clinic, 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 OCD Clinic, the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, and the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders. 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 OCD and related disorders, such as illness anxiety, hoarding, trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), and excoriation disorder (skin picking). He works with clients with all OCD themes, including contamination, harm, sexual obsessions (such as POCD), sexual orientation (SOOCD), gender identity concerns, counting, tapping, superstitions, relationship fears (ROCD), insomnia obsessions, and disordered eating. In addition to OCD, Dr. Schirmer treats co-occurring disorders, such as depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.

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.


Dr. Schirmer presents research at the American Psychological Association in 2017

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.