Kristen Mark

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I am a behavioral health scientist with a focus on sexual and relationship health.


Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH is a Professor and the Joycelyn Elders Endowed Chair in sexual health education at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University of Minnesota Medical School. She is a sex and relationships researcher, educator, and therapist. Her research focuses on sexual wellbeing and relationships, specifically sexual desire, mitigating desire discrepancy in relationships, sexual function, and maintaining sexual and relationship satisfaction in long term relationships. She also focuses on the impact of sexual health education (or lack thereof) on later sexual and relationship health. Dr. Mark places value on disseminating science to the public in an approachable way and is often relied upon for expert comment for print, radio, and television media.