Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Carman Stark joined the staff at Skywood Recovery in July 2017, bringing roughly three decades of mental health experience to his role as clinical director. After a few years of retirement, during which he relocated to Southeast Asia, Dr. Stark returned to the US, ready for a new challenge.
On the job, he enjoys crisis intervention and problem-solving, especially when a patient is contemplating leaving treatment. He is also passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles as well as psychological and emotional well-being for both the individual and within the family system.
Dr. Stark is a licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan, a certified Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) provider, and he is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I & II. Previous work experience includes a role as staff psychologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, providing diagnostic evaluations and psychological treatment for Veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He was also in private practice for 15 years and worked as a court psychologist and mental health consultant.
Holding both a master’s degree and PhD from Western Michigan University in clinical psychology, Dr. Stark served as an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater in abnormal psychology and behavior therapy. His professional affiliations include the Western Michigan Psychological Association, where he served one year as president, in addition to holding a host of other positions.
A lifelong learner, Dr. Stark continues to participate in workshops and training sessions to expand his knowledge. And he’s earned recognition for his hard work, being named 1989 Western Michigan University Outstanding Student in Psychology and 2002 Psychologist of the Year, both by the Western Michigan Psychological Association.
Stark met his wife, a native of Vietnam, on one of his annual trips to that country, travel that began with doing volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity.