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Joan E. Starker, MSW PhD

10175 SW Barbur Blvd. #300 B-A
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 246-7332

E-Mail:  jstarker
24hr Phone:  (503) 246-7332

Accepting new clients: Yes
Office Settings: Private Practice (solo)

Usual Office Hours:

  • Mon-Friday except Wed.

License #177

Dr. Starker has spent a major portion of her career helping individuals cope with normal life transitions such as midlife, menopause, relocation, divorce, and retirement. In her private practice, Dr. Starker specializes in counseling individuals who are coping with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, health issues, relationships, midlife/menopause and aging.

Dr. Starker is passionately committed to insuring that people have access to critical health information in order to make informed decisions. For seven years she was the health consultant for WebMD, answering questions on midlife and menopause from individuals all over the world.....Using this “virtual office” approach, she offered education and advice to those who found it difficult to raise certain issues in person, or who lived in remote areas with little access to good health care information.

As a college educator, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses on adult development, women in midlife, the psychology of women, and women and aging. She has given numerous presentations on the psychological aspects of midlife and menopause and has also written articles for professional journals and such popular magazines as MS, HEALTH, and SAVVY.

A Member of the North American Menopause Society, Dr. Starker received the North American Menopause Society 2005 NAMS Education Excellence Award recognizing a consumer health educator among the NAMS membership who made a significant contribution toward the quality of life of peri-and post-menopausal women.

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Professional Focus

Providing supportive therapy to individuals coping with difficult life changes such as divorce, separation, relocation, midlife, menopause, retirement, medical illness, and loss.


Specializing in working with

  • Midlife

  • Menopause

  • Depression

  • Post traumatic stress disorder

  • Anxiety

  • Grief/loss

  • Aging issues

Populations Served: 

  • Adult

  • Seniors



Highest Degree Earned: Ph.D
Discipline: Clinical Social Work

Specialty Training: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Oregon)
Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

  • B.A. Sarah Lawrence College

  • M.S.W. Hunter College School of Social Work

  • M.P.A. Lewis and Clark College

  • Ph.D. Portland State University

Oregon Geriatric Education Center, Faculty Development Program. 

More than 30 years of clinical and supervisory experience in private practice, hospitals and social work agencies.