Mark Schoen received a Ph.D. from New York University’s Human Sexuality program in 1980. While enrolled in New York University Schoen spent two summers in Uppsala, Sweden studying Sexual Health Education at Uppsala University. Working as a Health Educator in the early 1970’s in a New York public school system he developed a Sexual Health Program and began producing short films.
In 1979 Dr. Schoen established Focus International, a company devoted to producing and distributing sexual health films primarily to universities and clinicians. He produced many of the popular, early sex therapy films, wrote the children’s book, Bellybuttons Are Navels and produced the award winning film of the same title.
In 1998, The Sinclair Institute hired Dr. Schoen as Director of Sex Education. He moved from New York to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. From 1998 – 2006 he produced more than thirty films that are currently in distribution including the best selling revision of The Better Sex Video Series.
From 2006 – 2009 Schoen served as one of 16 members on the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health led by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.
In 2007 Dr Schoen moved to Pasadena, CA started working as an Independent producer. During this time he produced and directed Betty Dodson: Her Life of Sex and Art. This film won Best Feature Documentary at FilmOut, San Diego (2008) and won The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Best Film Award (2009)
Dr Schoen served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (2007-2008) and continues to serve on the Board of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Dr. Schoen is the Founder of SexSmartFilms.com, an online resource for preserving, archiving and streaming sexual health films. There are currently more than 350 films that are being viewed worldwide.
He recently produced an animated short film The True Story of How Babies are Made that received the honorable mention from The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists Best Film Awards (2010).
Schoen received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (2010) and the AASECT (The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors) Professional Standards of Excellence Award (2010).
Dr. Schoen is quoted in many publications and has appeared on numerous television & radio shows during his career.