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Kristen Mark, Ph.D., MPH

Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion
122 Seaton Building
(859) 257-8935

Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH is a sex and relationships researcher, educator, and therapist. She is an Associate Professor in Health Promotion, Director of the Sexual Health Promotion Lab, and Faculty Fellow for the Office of LGBTQ* Resources. She is trained as a behavioral health scientist with an academic background in psychology and public health and this interdisciplinary training has led to a Secondary Faculty appointment in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society in the College of Public Health and Affiliate Faculty in the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and of Family Sciences at University of Kentucky. She is also Affiliate Faculty at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Dr. Mark studies many aspects of sexual health including, but not limited to: women’s sexual health, sexual desire and desire discrepancies, sexual satisfaction, sexual well-being, sexual functioning, and sexuality education. She is particularly interested in the way all of these topics impact sexual pleasure and intertwine with dynamics of the couple relationship. She is engaged with the local community through sex education and sex education policy, and is trained through a Clinical Fellowship in couple’s and sex therapy. Dr. Mark actively publishes her research in academic journals but also disseminates her research to the masses through disseminating science to print, audio, and video mass media.

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Research categories: Sex Education, Sexual HealthSexual Desire, Sexual Satisfaction, Relationship Satisfaction, Dyadic Research