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David Wark, PhD, ABPH

Why 49 words?

After many years of practice, I wrote a scientific journal article about treating stress. And I wanted to get that information to the public. An editor told me if I use less than 50 words from my article, publishing it does not violate copyright. So, here are the 49 important words. They are in BOLD, with some other words for explanation.


I have a lot of help on this project that I’m happy to acknowledge. My wife Mary Ann has kept me going for years. My son Barry and his wife Abby, both neuroscientists, my daughter Kathleen, a designer, and my son Jeffry, a social worker, contributed to the project. Then there was a team of grandchildren:  Bella and Jack helped with editing, and Anika, their sister, built the website.
We all worked with the same goal: to make life better for anyone who was feeling stressed.

My Story

David Wark was born in Los Angeles, California, and earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology at Pomona College, 1956. He received a Ford Foundation Behavioral Science Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, where he completed his PhD in 1961. After two years in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, during which time he helped found the National Society of Programmed Instruction, he returned to the University of Minnesota and worked in the Student Counseling Service and the Department of Psychology, developing, validating, and publishing strategies for enhancing attention, self-control, and efficient learning. In 1980 he began training in hypnosis which he integrated into his practice. Over the years he has taught at scientific and professional meetings  both in the USA and internationally. He is a Past President  of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis,, and received the Pierre Janet Award from the International Society of Hypnosis in 2018.  He has published 2 books and 80 articles, and is a leader in the use of alert eyes open and active hypnosis. Dr. Wark is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, and maintains a retirement practice in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Wark is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and of the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis. He served on the Board of the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and the National Society for Pediatric Hypnosis. He was the President of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis for 1995-97, and of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for 2008-09. He has chaired and co-chaired the Introductory Workshop for both organizations, and proudly holds the Erika Fromm award for Excellence in Teaching Hypnosis. He is a life member of Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the International Society of Performance Improvement. Dr. Wark is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology. He maintains an active practice in clinical hypnosis in Minneapolis, MN. He is married to Mary Ann Barrows Wark, a lawyer, educator, and artist. They have 3 children and 6 adorable grandchildren.


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