College of Health and Human Services

Associate Professor
Courses Taught: HSRV 211, HSRV 315, HSRV 320, HSRV 377
Phone: 260-481-6083
E-mail: warkl@ipfw.edu

Dr. Wark began her academic career in 1990. She has directed graduate programs in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also was the Executive Director of a non-profit treatment and training organization. In past positions, she had worked with developmentally disabled adults, and children and families in treatment for incest. In 2002, she joined the faculty as an Associate Professor of the Department of Human Services at IPFW. Her publications and research are related primarily to pre-school and school age children and their families. She is licensed in the state of Indiana to provide family therapy, and her practice focuses on children from birth to twelve years old and their parents. She has expertise in parent-child attachment and developmental difficulties.

  • B.A. in Psychology, Purdue University
  • M.A. in Family Studies, Purdue University
  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University

She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and National Organization for Human Services (NOHS).

Selected Publications

  • Wark, L. (In Press). Toilet Paper Bust-out and Toilet Paper Splat. In C. Haas & L. Jameyfield (Eds.), The therapist's notebook: Resources for working with children. Haworth Press.
  • Wark, L. (2003). Explaining the use of play to parents in family therapy. In C.F. Sori & L.L. Hecker (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for children and adolescents: Homework, handouts, and activities for use in psychotherapy. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
  • Wark, L., Johnson, J., & Abrahamson, L. (2003). Using children’s books in family therapy. In C.F. Sori & L.L. Hecker (Eds.), The therapist’s notebook for children and adolescents: Homework, handouts and activities for use in psychotherapy. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
  • Wark, L., Thomas, M., & Peterson, S. (2001). Internal family systems therapy for children in family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2, 189-200.
  • Booth, P.B., & Wark, L. (2000). Children’s attachment relationships. Clinical Update of AAMFT, 3(2), 1-6 (Invited) Wark, L. (2000). Young boys with absent fathers: A child-inclusive intervention. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 11(3), 63-68.
  • Wark, L., & Jobalia, S. (1998). What would it take to build a bridge? An intervention for stepfamilies. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 9(3), 69-77.
  • Tyrrell, R., & Wark, L. (1998). The KEY to anger control. In L.L. Hecker, S. Deacon & Associates, The therapist’s notebook: Homework, handouts, & activities. New York: Haworth Press
  • Reinlasoder, J., & Wark, L. (1998). Red light – green light: An intervention for children who have molested and their families. In L.L. Hecker, S. Deacon & Associates, The therapist’s notebook: Homework, handouts, & activities. New York: Haworth Press
  • Wark, L., & Scheidegger, T. (1996). Engaging children in therapeutic enactments in family therapy with the use of a videocamera. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 7(1), 61-65.
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