Mark Levand, PhD, MA, MEd CSE (he/him) (Levand pronounced: “luh-vond”) is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and trainer based out of Philadelphia. Formally trained in both human sexuality and Catholic theology, Dr. Levand’s passion for the field of sexuality stems from the belief that sexuality is an integral part of the human experience and that all people deserve a safe place for discussions about sexual issues. He is an interdisciplinary sexuality researcher broadly interested in the experience of embodied sexuality. His main areas of interest include sexual ethics and diversity, cross-cultural sexuality, and Catholic Sexual Theology. Dr. Levand often researches justice issues in the field of sexuality, examining issues of consent, sexual behaviors, sexual fantasy, trauma, and sexuality education.
As a part of his work, Dr. Levand teaches human sexuality courses at various colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area and conducts professional trainings to increase sensitivity towards sexual differences, self-reflective sexuality, and the intersection of sexuality, personal faith, and religion. In addition to sexuality courses, he teaches education methods, theology and religious studies, counseling sensitivity, and research methods courses.
Mark holds Masters’ degrees in Theology and Religious Studies (John Carroll University, 2011) and Human Sexuality Education (Widener University, 2014). He graduated with his PhD from Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies in 2018 and is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), and College Theology Society (CTS).