Professor of Psychology
Kim Stark earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Minnesota-Morris and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She completed her internship at the University of Iowa's Counseling Service. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Missouri and, prior to joining the Department of Psychology in 2001, was a Counseling Psychologist with the University's Counseling Center (formerly Counseling and Psychological Services).
Dr. Stark’s current teaching load primarily consists of teaching the undergraduate level General Psychology and Abnormal Psychology courses as well as the graduate level Ethics & Professional Issues in Psychology and Adult Psychopathology courses. She has previously taught the undergraduate Learning and Systems of Psychology courses as well as the Thesis Prep II course for our graduate program. In addition, she has chaired numerous Master’s thesis committees and routinely serves as a committee member on such committees.
Scholarly Interests and Professional Involvement
Dr. Stark is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Women in Psychology. She is interested in applied research and diversity, including, for instance, sociocultural influences on the development of disordered eating, and vocational issues impacting disenfranchised groups (e.g., women and ethnic minorities). She has also conducted research related to the scholarship of teaching. Additionally, Dr. Stark has served as a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals in psychology and as a consultant for several publishers in reviewing book proposals and revisions.