Dr. Markie Twist (she/her/they/them) is based out of the Las Vegas, Nevada and Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities areas and is an award-winning sexuality educator, sexologist, relationship therapist, author and international speaker. Dr. Markie regularly consults and presents on the following topics: sexual, gender, erotic, and relational diversity; couple and family technology practices; and tantric sex. Dr. Markie is also the originator of Sex Speak Sessions, which are held in public venues and provide the opportunity for people to show up on a first-come, first-serve basis and have their questions about sex and relationships answered in a free and confidential manner. Dr. Markie is frequently sought after by media for interviews, and/or their work is commented upon, including in the following venues: various podcasts, Women’s Health, Playboy Magazine, Psychology Today, VICE Magazine, New York Magazine, Family Therapy Magazine, New York Times, and U.S. News and World Report.
Dr. Markie is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor, clinical fellow and approved supervisor, and certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor. Dr. Markie has over 70 journal publications, 13 book chapters, and has presented over 200 times in various venues. Dr. Markie is co-author of the books, The Internet Family: Technology in Couple and Family Relationships, The Couple and Family Technology Framework: Intimate Relationships in a Digital Age, and Focused Genograms: Attachment Focused Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families (2nd ed.), and co-editor of the book, Eco-Informed Practice: Family Therapy in an Age of Ecological Peril. Dr. Markie also serves as the Editor in Chief for Sexual and Relationship Therapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research, and Practice and on the editorial board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Markie is also a Full Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department, and Marriage and Family Therapy Program, as well as the Program Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Alaskan-born, and of Norwegian, English, German Jewish, and Basque descent, Dr. Markie enjoys running, game playing, traveling, art, museums, science fiction, horror films, fine wines, theater, and hiking. Dr. Markie has a history as an award-winning collegiate cheerleader and coach, as a professional cheerleader, guest relations handler for myriad celebrities, art model, and as a co-host of a pilot comedy television show.
- Member of the American Family Therapy Academy
- Member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
- AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy)
- AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and Supervisor (American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists)