Lark Welch, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, CSCS

Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Kinesiology


An associate professor in the University of Mary Department of Athletic Training and Kinesiology, Welch has over 21 years of clinical experience in athletic training, working as an athletic trainer in high schools and outpatient rehabilitation clinics. She has been teaching athletic training curriculum for over 19 years. Welch’s areas of contemporary expertise are in prevention and wellness, rehabilitation and therapeutic interventions, research methodologies/evidence-based medicine, and sports performance enhancement. With over ten years of experience working in sports performance enhancement, at local facilities, on club teams, and for the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, she has created many strong, fast, and healthy athletes. Her motto to-date is “prevention is the best medicine.”

Welch is an alumnus of the University of Mary and received a Ph.D. in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. Current committees Welch is associated with include the University of Mary Library Committee, the Disability Advocacy Committee, the Orthopedic and Teaching Research Foundation, and the Special Olympics North Dakota-Bismarck Team. As a NATA member for 29 years and a certified NSCA CSCS individual since 1997, Welch has many professional connections and experiences that she brings to her students’ in the classroom and beyond.