Clinical staff, faculty, residents, and fellows
Clinical and Research Faculty
Eli Coleman, Ph.D., director, is professor and Chair in Sexual Health. He is the author of numerous articles and books on compulsive sexual behavior, sexual offenders, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, chemical dependency, family intimacy, and the psychological and pharmacological treatment of a variety of sexual dysfunctions and disorders. Coleman is the founding editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism and is the founding and current editor of the International Journal of Sexual Health. He is past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association), and the World Association for Sexual Health. He is the current president of the International Academy for Sex Research. He has been a frequent technical consultant on sexual health issues to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (the regional office of WHO). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Award for his role as senior scientist on Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, released in 2001. He was given the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Alfred E. Kinsey Award by the Midcontinent Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Gold Medal for his lifetime contributions to the field of sexual health by the World Association for Sexual Health and was appointed the first endowed Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In May of 2009, he was awarded the Masters and Johnson Award by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. In May of 2011, he received the John Money Award from the Eastern Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Michael Miner, Ph.D., director of research, is a professor, licensed psychologist, and coordinator of forensic assessments. His areas of research include treatment of sex offenders, etiology of sexual abuse, and compulsive sexual behavior. Miner’s research has been funded by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Justice. Beyond his primary research, Miner serves as co-investigator on many federal grants due to his expertise in research design and statistics. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on sex offender treatment, forensic assessment, instrument development, and evaluation methodology. His clinical work includes sex offender treatment, relationship and sexual dysfunction, and HIV counseling. Miner is an associate editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment and he is past vice president of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and Representative at Large to the Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers from 2006-2011. Miner received his PhD from St. Louis University.
Bean Robinson, Ph.D., clinic medical director, is an associate professor, licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and coordinator of Relationship and Sex Therapy. The focus of her professional activities has been in the psychology of human sexuality and sexual health, treatment outcome research/effectiveness, and obesity and body image. Her current area of emphasis within human sexuality is exploring and developing sexual health via HIV prevention in minority communities, most notably Somali women living in Minnesota. Her research has also focused on African-born, African American, Hmong, men who have sex with men, bisexual, and transgender communities. She is a researcher-clinician who investigates healthy behavioral and psychological change and tries to develop new methods, techniques, and programs to promote sexual and psychological health. Robinson received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and received NIMH funding to complete a postdoctoral training in Asian-American mental health and research methods at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Dianne Berg, Ph.D., is an assistant professor, licensed psychologist, and coordinator of Child and Adolescent Services. She is involved in providing clinical services to adults, adolescents and children with sexuality concerns. Her areas of interest are compulsive sexual behavior, transgender issues (including gender identity issues in children/adolescents), compulsive sexual behavior (including the issues that come up for partners), and the treatment of sex offenders (including sexual behavior problems in children). Berg works in conjunction with pediatric endocrinology, urology, genetics and MDH Newborn Screening to provide a multidisciplinary clinic for children/adolescents with Disorders of Sex Development (DSD). Recently, she spearheaded the development of a theatre educational project for high schools on transgender youth issues. Berg received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality.
Jamie Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor and family physician at the Program in Human Sexuality and the Women’s Health Center. Feldman has been involved in HIV/AIDS research since 1987 and is the author of Plague Doctors: Responding to the AIDS Epidemic in France and America. She is the author of the British Columbia Primary Care Guidelines for Transgender Adults and co-author of the Endocrine Therapy Guidelines for Transgender Adults. Feldman has published and presented extensively on hypoactive female sexual desire. Her other areas of clinical work and research include women's health, sexual health, transgender therapy, and herbal medicine. At PHS, Feldman provides transgender health care and evaluation and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women. Feldman received her MD, from the University of Illinois at Urbana, her PhD in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and completed her residency program at Lutheran General Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Park Ridge, Illinois.
Alex Iantaffi, Ph.D. is an assistant professor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Iantaffi originally trained in the UK as a systemic psychotherapist, and he is Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. His therapeutic work is currently focused on transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and their families; sexuality, and relationships. Iantaffi has conducted research, and published on gender, disability, sexuality, deafness, education, sexual health, HIV prevention, and transgender issues. His scholarly work has been increasingly focused on issues of intersectionality and sexual health disparities. He is currently principal investigator for a study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on deaf men who have sex with men (MSM), HIV testing and prevention, and technology. He and Dr. Sara Mize have received a grant to study sexuality, mindfulness, and the body in aging individuals.
Anne McBean, M.A., is an instructor, licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and coordinator of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Treatment. Her areas of expertise are the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior, sexual dysfunction, sexual abuse trauma, sexual orientation confusion/dysphoria, adolescent sexual concerns, parenting concerns around child sexuality issues, and couples concerns. McBean has been instrumental in developing the compulsive sexual behavior treatment approach at the Center for Sexual Health and in training staff and post-doctorate fellows in this approach. She has presented trainings and workshops for both local and national audiences on the assessment and treatment of compulsive sexual behavior, compulsive sexual behavior in women, sexual issues for adolescents, and general sexuality counseling skills. McBean received her MA from the University of Minnesota.
Lisa Miles, CNM, NP, is an experienced and well-trained medical and mental health professional. For the first ten years of her career, she worked as an intensive care nurse and then she trained to become a certified midwife and practiced full scope midwifery for eight years. Her knowledge and passion for women’s health led her to work with women and their partners struggling with infertility, loss, and family building issues at University of Minnesota Reproductive Medicine Center. With a growing understanding of how physical and situational issues affect mental health, Miles sought additional training as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in adult and family mental health. This prepared Miles to continue working with both men and women across the lifespan. In addition to her work at the Center for Sexual Health, she holds a concurrent position at The Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC Clinic). Miles understands the many challenges we face emotionally and physically, and she brings both intuition and thorough assessment to her work with patients. She is the mother of three grown sons.
Sara Mize, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and licensed psychologist. She has been on the faculty since 1998. She is actively involved in clinical work, as well as teaching and research. She is an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) trained clinician. In addition, she is a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Certified Advanced Practitioner. She is passionate about working with clients using body-oriented approaches. In 2012, she began the first Body-Oriented and Mindfulness (affectionately named Da BOM!) Women’s Sexual Health Group at PHS. Her other areas of interest are relationship health, abuse recovery, transgender issues, sexuality and disability and compulsive sexual behavior. Dr. Mize is a reviewer for Sexual and Relationship Therapy. She and her colleague, Alex Iantaffi, PhD, LMFT, have completed a study entitled, “Women’s Sexual Health and Sensorimotor Approaches to Therapy” and are in the process of writing up the results for publication. She and Dr. Alex Iantaffi have received a grant to study sexuality, mindfulness, and the body in aging individuals.
Rose Munns, Psy.D., is an assistant professor, licensed psychologist, and coordinator of Sexual Offender Treatment. She has extensive clinical experience in assessment and treatment of substance abuse, working in correctional settings with juvenile delinquents and adults, as well as inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. Her areas of interest are sexual dysfunctions, relationship and sex therapy, transgender issues, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, abuse recovery, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and HIV counseling. Munns received her PsyD from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality.
Nancy Raymond, M.D., is professor and psychiatrist with a joint appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Department of Psychiatry. Her research interests are the underlying pathophysiology of impulsivity in sexual disorders (compulsive sexual behavior) and eating disorders (bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder). She serves as the psychiatric consultant to the Program in Human Sexuality and the Center for Sexual Health. She is also responsible for the coordination of medical services. She is an expert in the treatment of sexual disorders and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Raymond is also the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Director of the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health, a nationally designated Center of Excellence. Raymond received her MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School, completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and was a fellow in eating disorders research at the University of Minnesota.
Michael Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt, is faculty in the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality and was appointed the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education in 2014. He holds 11 degrees, including a MD, a PhD in cross-cultural health psychology, and degrees in criminology. Ross has studied sexuality and sexual and mental health for more than 30 years in several countries: India, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. Ross has also published more than 450 publications and books. Additionally, he worked extensively in prison environments and wrote a book about prison physical and mental health. Ross has also practiced as a clinical psychologist and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society.
Katie Spencer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and coordinator of Transgender Health Services. She has a strong interest in social justice. She provides training of therapists and medical providers in sexual health and transgender health care competency. Her primary clinical practice is working with transgender and gender non-conforming, adolescents, and adults, women’s sexual health, and LGBT sexual health and well-being. She has experience working with compulsive sexual behavior and general sexual dysfunction concerns. Her research and clinical interests focus on cultural competency in working with LGB and transgender populations, LGBT sexual health, sex therapy with LGBT couples, trans youth, and feminist embodied approaches to sexual health. In addition to her clinical work, Spencer works with multiple community organizations working to educate about LGBT healthcare issues and primarily transgender healthcare. She works with the Minnesota Trans Youth Support Network on the Community Hormone Access Project, partnering with community advocates and trans youth to develop community based hormone protocols for transgender care, in hopes to increase access to competent care and hormone provision for trans youth. She recently participated in the development of a theatre educational project for high schools on transgender youth issues. Spencer received PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and she was a postdoctoral fellow at PHS.
Brian Zamboni, Ph.D., is an associate professor, licensed psychologist, and Diplomate in Sex Therapy. He is a certified sex therapist and certified sexuality educator via the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Dr. Zamboni specializes in sexual dysfunction, couples therapy, compulsive sexual behavior, transgender issues, sex education, sexuality and minority or marginalized populations, sexuality and workplace issues, and sex offending. He has provided therapy and assessment services to adolescents and adults in several settings. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human sexuality and helps to train medical students and other health or helping professionals via workshops and seminars. Dr. Zamboni’s research interests include sexual dysfunction, inter-professional education, sexual health in the workplace, sexual compulsivity, transgender issues and sexual minorities. Zamboni received his PhD from Loyola University Chicago and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality.
Postdoctoral clinical/research fellows and residents
Philip Jai Johnson, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow. He received his BA in Psychology and MA in Humanities from York University in Toronto, his MSc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. His previous research experiences include examining the effects of idealized media images on self-esteem and body image in men, as well as ways to improve ethnic attitudes in young children. More recently, with a team of international collaborators, Johnson is examining the impact of minority stress and coming out in relation to physiological stress reactivity and psychological well-being in gay men and lesbians. He has obtained clinical training in hospitals and private practice settings in the areas of LGBT mental health, sexual dysfunction, couples therapy, mood and anxiety disorders, adult ADD, binge eating disorder, chronic stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, neuropsychological assessment in mild traumatic brain injury, and pre-operative bariatric surgery psychological evaluations. His clinical interests include gender and sexual identity concerns, compulsive sexual behavior, relationship intimacy issues, group psychotherapy, and body dissatisfaction/eating disorders.
Jennifer A. Vencill, PhD, is the first Michael E. Metz postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Sexual Health, with research and clinical work centered on couples’ sexual health. Her clinical training has included psychotherapy and assessment experience in community clinics, counseling centers, and both inpatient and outpatient medical settings. Dr. Vencill’s areas of interest include sexual health and functioning, gender and sexual identity development, couples/relationship intimacy concerns, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, and social justice advocacy. She sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Positive Sexuality and is past-Chair of the APAGS Committee for LGBT Concerns. Dr. Vencill received her MA and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University.
Janet Brito, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow and licensed clinical social worker. She has worked in multiple clinical settings and with diverse populations, including community mental health, forensics, child protection, and behavioral medicine. She received her MS in Social Work from Columbia University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a school that specializes in Jungian and psychoanalytic psychology. Her dissertation research examined the emotional and sexual impact and coping styles of infertility among women of Mexican descent living in the United States. In 2013, she received her Certificate in Sex Therapy and Education from the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. Her areas of interest include sexual health, gender and sexual identity concerns, compulsive sexual behavior, relationship intimacy issues, sex therapy, LGBT sexual health, and sex offender treatment.
Rachel Becker-Warner, PsyD, received her doctorate from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Becker-Warner provides individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy for a wide range of sexual health issues including: transgender (i.e., gender identity issues in children and adults) and sexual orientation issues, relationship and sexual problems, and sexual offending. She practices using integrative interventions drawing from family and developmental systems, relational, and cognitive-behavioral theories in her approach to addressing a variety of mental health concerns and sexual health problems. Becker-Warner’s doctoral research examined the influence of spirituality and religious beliefs in maintaining sobriety for gay men, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Her clinical training has included experience in assessment and treatment of individuals with sexual offenses, community mental health, child and family therapy, chemical dependency treatment (specifically with GLBTQ individuals), and partial hospitalization for SPMI individuals.
Tracy Carlson, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University. Her dissertation research examined the relationship between client perceived therapist credibility and client sexual communication comfort. She received clinical training in psychotherapy and assessment through a variety of setting such as community clinics, university counseling centers, community colleges, and outpatient medical settings. Her clinical experience includes providing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy for a wide variety of concerns such as mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, sexual trauma, stress management, and pain management. She completed her predoctoral internship through the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans. Her areas of interest include couples/relationship intimacy issues, sex therapy, compulsive sexual behavior, gender and sexual identity concerns, LGBT sexual health, and sexual health promotion.