• Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Catholic Studies Endowed Chair
Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

About Me

I am a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for nearly 15 years. My professional area of interest has been in the integration of theology and psychology - both in theory and in my clinical practice. My practice has focused primarily on individual and marital therapy, along with performing a wide range of psychological assessments and evaluations for numerous referral agencies and Catholic Dioceses in the upper Midwest. I also serve as an expert witness on annulment cases for various Diocesan Tribunals. I look forward to sharing this clinical experience and knowledge with colleagues and students.

Why I’m At Mary

I came to the University of Mary because of the emphasis on the integration of faith and reason within a broader framework of Benedictine values. As a Benedictine Oblate myself, I cannot imagine a more ideal setting to share my love of theology and psychology and to help shape and influence the next generation of mental health professionals.


I specialize in the integration of faith and spirituality within the domain of psychology and strive to treat the whole person from a Catholic-based anthropology. I have a graduate education in both theology and psychology from the University of St. Thomas.

Link, J. (2022) "Sexuality and Diversity within the Catholic Tradition" Life and Dignity Week at University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

Link, J. (2022) "Perfectionism Among High School Students" St. Mary's Central High School Teachers and Staff, Bismarck, ND.

Link, J. (2022). "Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills" Corazon Marital Retreat, Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND.

Link, J. (2021) "Human Formation: Theological and Psychological Perspectives" Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend, Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND.

Link, J. (2021) "The Association Between Excessive Use of Smartphones, Cognition, Emotion & the Brain" St. Mary's Central High School Faculty and Staff, Bismarck, ND

Link, J. (2021) "Psychic Anomalies in Annulment Cases" Tribunal Workshop, Bismark, ND.

Link, J. (2021) "Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention" St. Mary's Central High School Student Body, Bismarck, ND.

Link, J. (2019) "The Daily Examen: Ignatian Wisdom for Psychological and Spiritual Growth" Permanent Diaconate Workshop, Bismarck, ND.

Link, J. (2019) "Emotional Intelligence and Human Formation" Teachers and Staff at Trinity Catholic High School, Dickinson, ND.

Link, J. (2018) "Transgender & Gender Dysphoria: Psychological Perspectives" Gender Conference at the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

Link, J (2018) "Boundaries within Ministry" Clergy Conference, Bismarck, ND.

Link, J. (2018) "Sanctity and Self-Care" Diocese of Bismarck Thirst Conference, Bismarck, ND.0


PsyD: University of St. Thomas, 2008
MA: University of St. Thomas, 2004
BS (Social Work): Minot State University, 1997

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My wife Tonya is currently the Director of Human Resources at Mary. We have seven children and are happy to raise our family in the Bismarck community.