Faculty Feature: Cortny Stark, assistant professor of counseling and human services

Cortny Stark is an assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Counseling and Human Services. Her research focuses on positive identity development for transgender and gender-expansive youth. She also researches advocacy efforts and trauma treatment models for special populations, including the LGBTQ+ community. Stark received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

Stark is also a clinician at the Trauma Treatment Center and Research Facility. She is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, a form of psychotherapy designed to alleviate distress caused by traumatic experiences and memories. Her clinical practice is grounded in wellness practices that emphasize trauma-informed care.

Stark sat down to discuss her work with young people learning how to navigate the world and how research can promote positive social change.

Want to nominate a colleague (or yourself) for a Faculty Feature? Contact University Communications with the name, department and research focus of the individual.