Mark was raised in Dickinson and Bismarck, North Dakota. He received his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University in 2005 and received his master's degree in psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2007. As an undergraduate, he worked in several research labs, volunteered at a crisis intervention center, and worked at a residential facility for individuals with severe mental illness. Mark has had varied experiences in clinical health psychology during his training at UND. He has worked with the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR). More specifically, he has been primarily involved with the evaluation of a school-based obesity prevention program (Coordinated Approach to Child Health - CATCH) and a worksite wellness program. Mark's master's thesis, examining emotional and physiological responses to antismoking advertisements, was conducted in the Psychophysiology and Health Laboratory. His clinical training experiences have included cognitive-behavioral therapy experience in the department's training clinic and health psychology services in a rehabilitation hospital. In his fourth year in the program,
Mark will continue his work on various research projects, his clinical training, and will begin his doctoral dissertation work.