50 Distinguished Sexual and Gender Health Revolutionaries
The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first-ever Distinguished Sexual and Gender Health Revolutionary award.
This award was designed to complement the first 50 years of the PHS, an internationally renowned powerhouse led by some of the world’s foremost experts in the understanding of sexual and gender health. An international call for nominations in 2020 resulted in an overwhelming response. A committee of faculty members from the PHS selected the final 50 award winners. Award winners received a bronze medallion.
As evidenced in their biographies, these award winners are shaping the landscape of the sexual and gender health climate in the world. As scientists, activists, thought leaders, scholars, and writers, these incredible people have changed the way we think about sexual health.
“This inaugural award proudly recognizes the commitment to advancing sexual and gender health by scientists and activists from around the world. Join me in congratulating these dedicated leaders who are shaping the way we talk about sexual wellbeing and gender health.” said Eli Coleman, PhD, director of the Program in Human Sexuality and Chair in Sexual Health.
Winners were formally announced at the Program in Human Sexuality’s virtual gala “Benefit with Friends” on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 7 p.m.
Jeff Anderson is widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and a champion of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In nearly four decades as a litigator, Jeff has represented thousands of survivors and their families and has tried over two hundred and fifty jury trials to verdict across the country through the crucible of the courtroom. Known for his optimism, energy and compassion for his clients, Jeff is credited with being instrumental in exposing the large-scale cover-up of pedophile priests in the early 1980's. As one of the first trial lawyers in America to publicly and aggressively initiate lawsuits against sexual predators—and focusing on bringing heat and light on the offenders and the institutions that conceal and protect them.
Jeff has received many awards and recognitions, but his greatest honor is the trust reposed in him by survivors and their families. From them he draws strength, courage and inspiration in the shared journey of hope and healing.
Anderson's tireless efforts extend beyond the courtroom where he is a frequent lecturer, survivor advocate and author who advocates for legislative and judicial protection of children and the prevention of childhood sexual abuse.
Carol Ball, MD
Carol Ball, MD
Dr. Ball has been a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist practicing in Minnesota and surrounding states for nearly 30 years. Prior to her OB/Gyn residency she served in the Indian Health Service on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. While in the IHS she began working at the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Bemidji and this is where her love of women’s health care began. Soon after leaving the IHS, Dr. Ball contacted the Women’s Health Center in Duluth to inquire about learning to do abortions. She was trained by Dr. Jane Hodgson, a pioneer in providing abortion services to the women of Minnesota. During her nearly 40 years of providing contraception and abortion services, Dr. Ball has traveled to North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, in addition to practicing in her home state of Minnesota, both in the Twin Cities and in Duluth.
Dr. Ball has been deeply involved in the training of Obstetrics and Gynecology residents in the Twin Cities, beginning at the former St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center residency program and subsequently with the combined residency program with the University of Minnesota Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health. She was instrumental in making sure that abortion care is a routine part of the training OB/Gyn residents receive in the University program and has trained numerous physicians over the years. She also facilitated the development of the family planning rotation at Planned Parenthood for Family Medicine residents at the University.
Dr. Ball has served as the Medical Director of the Women’s Health Center in Duluth, the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Women’s Health Program of the St. Paul/Ramsey County Health Department. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Health Center, and served on the Board, and as Board Chair, of the National Abortion Federation. She has received multiple awards including the Courage Award from Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD, the William Rashbaum Award from Physicians for Reproductive Health, the Tietze Humanitarian Award from the National Abortion Federation, and was recognized as a “Brave Thinker” by the Atlantic Monthly magazine.
Tanya M. Bass, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE
Tanya M. Bass, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE
Tanya M. Bass, MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE, is a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WoCSHN), the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians (ABSC), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE). She is a current member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Tanya is the founder of the North Carolina Sexual Health Conference (NCSEXCON). Founded in 2016, NCSEXCON is North Carolina’s only conference that provides opportunities for agencies and individuals to share information, strategies, and best practices around sexual health across the lifespan. Her vision for NCSEXCON is to connect professionals and students within the various disciplines of the sexual health profession including but not limited to clinical care, maternal and child health, intimate partner violence, counseling, education, reproductive health and justice, HIV/STDs, LGBTQ healthcare, advocacy, policy development, and overall sexuality from birth to death. NCSEXCON was founded to connect professionals, celebrate their hard work and service, create opportunities for them to collaborate and then commit to improving sexual health in NC.
NC SEXCON is targeted towards individuals working in and across the sexual health field, including clinical care, education, reproductive health and justice, HIV/ STDs, LGBTQ healthcare, advocacy, policy development, and overall sexuality from birth to death. Since 2016 under Tanya’s leadership, the conference has doubled its number of attendees reaching participants from six states and Canada. In 2019, the conference sold out with 375 attendees. Educators of color are strongly represented.
In addition to NCSEXCON, her current, formal roles include being a professor at North Carolina Central University, an Historically Black College/University (HBCU), and serving as Cultural and Community Health Initiatives Program Supervisor in the North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities. At NCCU, Tanya supports Project SAFE the campus’ HIV/STD Peer Education Prevention organization as well as the staff and programming of the LGBT Center. She serves as a preceptor and mentor for students with interest in sexuality. Most recently, these are all continuations and extensions of work that she has been doing for the past 20+ years. Ms. Bass has held integral roles with the following North Carolina organizations and government entities: NC Department of Health and Human Services (HIV/STD Prevention and Care and Women’s Health Branch Young Families Connected Program), Durham Public Schools, Duke University/ North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center, Wake County (HIV/STD Program and 4H Youth Development), NC Central University (Department of Public Health and Student Health and Counseling Services), NC Department of Public Instruction, University of NC at Chapel Hill, and the Center for Supportive Schools. In those roles, she has investigated and implemented ways to support her statewide community so that every individual can thrive. She has also been recognized most recently with the following awards and nominations: 2019 NCCU LGBTQ Center, David Jolly Award for Advocacy and Dedication, 2019 John R. Larkins Award Nominee, 2018 Konnie McCaffree Community Service Leadership Award in Sexuality Education (Widener University) and the 2017 SHIFT NC “Super Star Award.
Tanya is completing her PhD at Widener University in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies focused on an assessment of community-based sexuality educators practicing in North Carolina. Tanya seeks to assess their professional dispositions related to their self-reported comfort and capability of these educators and their desire to obtain professional development. This research is vital for the planning and implementation of useful professional development and continuing education.
Rosemary Basson, MD
Rosemary Basson, MD
Very recently retired, Dr. Basson is best known for her work and publications on an incentive based sexual response cycle. Dr Basson’s 100 peer reviewed publications include those from 2001 -2003 focusing on this alternative, now evidence-based conceptualisation of human sexual response. These led to many book chapters in the fields of gynecology, endocrinology and psychiatry with ongoing updates, a series in The Lancet on sexual dysfunction subsequent to illness, a NEJM review on clinical aspects of women’s sexual dysfunction, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ monograph series on sexual dysfunction, plus annually updated online reviews for the BMJ ‘Point of Care’ and BMJ Best Practice, Canadian Pharmacists Association Therapeutic Choices and Merck’s Manual.
As PI, Dr. Rosemary Basson and her colleagues from UBC and University of Laval obtained CIHR funding for a study published in 2010 which disconfirmed any differences in androgen activity, however measured, between women with and without Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Instead, they found low serum DHEA in the women with lost desire. She was awarded further CIHR funds to pursue this investigation. A different large cohort of women with low/ absent sexual desire and arousal has now been found to have various markers of hypothalamic pituitary adrenal dysregulation including again low DHEA, results compatible with having experienced chronic stressors in early life.
Together with Drs Brotto (PI), Bergeron, Driscoll, Grabovac and Correia, a second major research endeavor also CIHR “funded was to compare CBT versus MBCT for chronic sexual pain from provoked vestibulodynia: the treatments were comparable in their high effectiveness with MBCT affording the most benefit for experienced pain . The mechanisms of pain reduction from MBCT are currently being investigated. The same team also received CHRI funding to compare two small group programs for women with Sexual Interest Arousal Disorder, one of which contained mindfulness practice in addition to education, cognitive therapy principles, sex therapy and support- these latter modalities common to both treatment arms. Both arms were highly effective in increasing desire with the inclusion of mindfulness providing greatest reduction of sexual distress.
In 2003, and 2009 she was vice-chair of the 2nd and 3rd International Consultations on Men and Women’s Sexual Dysfunction sponsored by ICUD, ESSM, WAS, IASR, ISSWSH and is on the American Endocrine Society Committee evaluating testosterone physiology in women.
Walter Bockting, PhD
Walter Bockting, PhD
Dr. Bockting is a Clinical Psychologist and Co-Director of the Initiative for LGBT Health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia University Psychiatry with the Columbia School of Nursing. His research interests are in LGBT health, sexual and gender identity development, Internet research methods, HIV prevention, and the promotion of sexual health. His research has been funded by the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Bockting is an internationally known expert in the assessment and treatment of gender dysphoria as well as in general mental health and psychosocial adjustment of transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming children, adolescents, adults, and their families. He is widely published and is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transgenderism. Dr. Bockting is past president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and a past president and Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. In 2010-2011, Dr. Bockting served on the Institute of Medicine Committee of the National Academies whose work culminated in the IOM Report on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding. Dr. Bockting's work at CUMC focuses on combining research, clinical practice, education, and public policy to promote LGBT health locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Mauro Cabral Grinspan
Mauro Cabral Grinspan
Mauro Cabral Grinspan is the Executive Director of GATE, an international NGO focused on trans, gender diverse and intersex issues. He is a member different Boards, including the International Advisory Board of the LGTBI Program at Human Rights Watch and the Editorial Board of Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. Mauro chairs the Advisory Board at the “Intersex – New Disciplinary Approaches (INIA)” project and coordinates the Argentinian working group Justicia Intersex.
In 2004 Mauro made the first presentation on intersex issues at the United Nations in Geneva. In 2005, he coordinated the first Training Institute for trans and intersex activists from Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2006, he participated in the Experts’ Meeting that produced the Yogyakarta Principles and in 2017, he participated in the drafting team of the Yogyakarta Principles+10, being a signatory of both documents. Mauro engaged in the drafting and legislative process on the Argentinian Gender Identity Law passed in 2012 and co-authored the Bill on protecting sex characteristics in Argentina, expected to be passed this year. From 2011 to date Mauro has coordinated GATE’s initiative on trans, gender diverse and intersex advocacy on depathologization, and he’s leading GATE’s work on resisting anti-gender and anti-trans movements around the world.
Mauro holds a Degree in History by the Universidad Nacional of Cordoba (Argentina), and had continued postgraduate studies in the fields of philosophy and public policy. He edited the book Interdicciones. Escrituras de la Intersexualidad en Castellano, and has published extensively on bodily issues -including those affecting trans, gender diverse and intersex people, but also fat people, in psycho-medical settings.
In 2015, Mauro received the Bob Hepple Equality Award; he also received a Distinguished Education and Advocacy Award from WPATH for his contribution to the promotion of trans people’s health and rights through global advocacy.
He lives in Buenos Aires.
Peggy Cryden, LMFT
Peggy Cryden, LMFT
Peggy Cryden is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over 20 years of clinical experience. Her areas of specialization include: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, Relationships, Adjustment to Life Transitions, and any other issues that may have impact on clients' interpersonal relationships. Cryden operates a private practice that serves the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles County. She is a professional public speaker, and a charter member of Toastmasters for Mental Health Professionals. She travels around the country presenting workshops on the topic of Launching the Transgender Child. She is the author of the award winning book, "Straight Expectations: The Story of a Family in Transition".
Dominic Davies is Founder and CEO of Pink Therapy. He has worked as a psychotherapist, clinical sexologist and practice consultant for almost 40 years. He has been referred to as the grandfather of LGBTQ+ therapy. He has pioneered the development of Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity Therapy in the UK and Europe.
In 1986 Dominic was appointed to spearhead an HIV Prevention and Caring for People with AIDS project for the whole of the Mersey Region. Whilst in post, he directed a training programme all the Buddies in Manchester and Mersey Region. He also ran Eroticising Safer Sex workshops in gay bars and various other pioneering health initiatives. After a move back into University Counselling, he wrote the majority of the first British textbook on Counselling with LGB clients and together with Charles Neal, co-edited a further two volumes (1996 & 2000). He has just started co-editing two further volumes with Silva Neves. He has contributed numerous other papers and chapters to the literature of this emerging field and presented at many national and international conferences including taking a team of Pink Therapy faculty and colleagues to WAS in 2019.
Pink Therapy is one of the original signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy and Dominic has been active in advising the leading psy/therapy bodies about this as well as consulting to the Council of Europe on this issue. The UK Government are now working on a legal ban.
Over the years Dominic has received a number of honours and awards for his pioneering work in the field of gender and sexuality. In 2015 He received the Practitioner award from the Sexualities Section of the British Psychological Society. He is the only non-psychologist to ever receive this award. In 2016 He was made a Fellow of the National Counselling Society and last year, in 2018 Dominic received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sexual Freedom. Dominic has also been made a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists. Fellowship is the highest level of membership for these professional bodies.
For the last decade, Dominic has directed a two-year Diploma in GSRD Therapy (the last five years has been online) with students across the world studying and sharing their pioneering work with the International Faculty. He mentors, supervises and supports therapists across the world.
Aaron Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE
Aaron Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE
Aaron Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE, is a pioneering researcher in the field of Transgender Studies. He has been studying and teaching about transgender topics since the early 1980s, before the word transgender was in common usage. In 1989, he published Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality, the first book to describe what would now be called nonbinary gender identities. In 1997, he published the 720-page classic, FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society, the second-ever book about trans men and the first based on non-clinical field research interviews. Other influential research includes a widely cited model of transgender identity development and the Lambda-Literary-Award-nominee The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future about the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria. He has also been an author of versions of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care since 1999, the only sociologist on the committee, and is overseeing the translation of the most recent version into world languages. He is a national-award-winning teacher, an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research, and an elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
In 2011, Devor founded the world’s largest Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, and has continued to provide leadership since then. The Transgender Archives’ records of research related to trans, non-binary, Two-Spirit, and other gender-diverse people go back into the 19th century, while records of activism by trans, non-binary, Two-Spirit and other gender-diverse people start in 1960. The collections are in 15 languages from 23 countries on all continents except Antarctica. At over 530 linear feet (1.5 football fields long), the collections comprise, by far, the largest trans archives in the world. The collections are open to the public at no charge.
In 2014, Devor initiated, and continues to host, the international, interdisciplinary Moving Trans History Forward conferences, a series of biennial events which draw together people of all ages from around the world who contribute as community activists, researchers, students, educators, artists, service providers, family members, and allies. Conferences consider both the history of trans activism and research, and the crucial issues which impact trans, non-binary, Two-Spirit and other gender-diverse people today, and in the future‚ locally, nationally and globally.
In 2016, Devor established the world’s first Chair in Transgender Studies a research and community outreach office dedicated to community-building and to fostering and sharing scholarship by and about trans, non-binary, Two-Spirit, and other gender-diverse people. Committed to building solid reliable information about the real world that can be used to build better policies and laws, drive social change, and improve the well-being of trans, non-binary, Two-Spirit, and other gender-diverse people, the Chair also builds community and individual well-being by facilitating arts, cultural, and social activities of interest to trans, non-binary, Two-Spirit and other gender-diverse people, and their allies. The Chair’s activities include: a scholarships and fellowships program, Moving Trans History Forward conferences, the Transgender Archives, hosting visiting research scholars from around the world, sponsoring colloquia and lectures, advising government and non-profit agencies on policies and practices, producing arts and cultural events, organizing social events, and an active social media presence.
Devor has delivered lectures to audiences around the world, including more than 35 keynote and plenary addresses. He is a former Dean of Graduate Studies (2002-2012), and a professor of Sociology, at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.
Betty Dodson, PhD
Betty Dodson, PhD
Betty Dodson, artist, author, and PhD sexologist was one of the principal voices for women's sexual pleasure and health for over four decades.
Her first book, Liberating Masturbation: A Meditation on Selflove (’74) became a feminist classic. Sex for One (’87) sold over a million copies and is an international best-selling book. Orgasms for Two (’02) embraced partner sex. Most recently, she released Sex by Design that details her experiences with America's Sexual Revolution, the women's movement and her feminist sexual activism.
In 2011, Betty received the public service award from SSSS (Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality) and the MASTERS AND JOHNSON AWARD presented by SSTAR (Society for Sex Therapy and Research). Betty was recently named one of the top ten sexual revolutionaries by Cosmopolitan magazine and number 43 of the 100 most important people in sex by Playboy Magazine. Dodson passed away in October 2020.
Phil Duran is Director of Advocacy and Research at Rainbow Health Minnesota. His legal career has prominently featured groundbreaking work in transgender equality, and in particular, access to gender-affirming care. In 2003, he successfully argued before the Minnesota Court of Appeals that his client was entitled to transition-related coverage in the state’s Medical Assistance program; the court’s ruling opened the door for many others to follow. In 2012, he successfully represented a student in a discrimination complaint, where the student alleged that their university’s student-health plan violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) by excluding coverage for gender-affirming care. Shortly thereafter, he spearheaded the effort, involving a number of community partners including PHS, to persuade the Minnesota Departments of Health and Commerce to issue guidance to state-regulated health-insurance plans that the MHRA required them to cover gender-affirming care. The agencies finally issued this bulletin in the fall of 2015, joining only about a dozen other states in making such an explicit statement of policy. Shortly thereafter, Duran instigated a lawsuit in Ramsey County against the State of Minnesota, charging that the state law barring the use of Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care funds for gender-confirming surgeries violated the state constitution. After lengthy back-and-forth, the court ruled in favor of the challenge, and struck the statute down as unconstitutional. At approximately the same time, Duran testified before the Department of Human Services’ Health Services Advisory Council that proposed guidelines for covering surgeries were flawed and recommended changes. These recommendations, in the end, were ignored entirely. In the following years, Duran represented a string of individuals whose cases highlighted these flaws, each time persuading DHS’ own judges that the flawed guidelines were unenforceable and securing coverage for these individuals.
When DHS refused multiple requests to change its policies accordingly, Duran filed a complaint against DHS with the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings, obtaining an order that DHS cease enforcing the flawed guidelines altogether. Even while fighting DHS on this front, on another, Duran worked with DHS to implement coverage in these same public programs for blockers and hormones prescribed to minors. The problem had come to light in a successful appeal Duran completed several years before, and actually was not the result of DHS policy but rather was a problem that required a national solution. Duran engaged community organizations and providers, including PHS’ own Dr. Jamie Feldman, in a request to one of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical organizations to list these as “recognized medical uses” within its publications, knowing this was a federally accepted alternative to FDA approval. After considerable delay by the pharmaceutical organization, Duran engaged the office of US Senator Tina Smith to get action on the petition. In early 2019, the request was approved, and by that summer, Duran was speaking before DHS’ Formulary Committee, with several doctors he had recruited, securing their approval of language which finalized the coverage of these medications.
Beyond these bigger-picture efforts, Duran is well-known among transgender individuals and their families for being a tireless advocate on individual health-insurance matters, getting denials of coverage for all sorts of care overturned through appeals within insurance companies, external appeals through the State, and even federal discrimination complaints against employers whose health benefits don’t cover gender-affirming care. As a result of his work, employers large and small have expanded health coverage for transgender individuals, insurance companies have revised policy language, and government policy has changed, and countless individuals have been able to access care that has made a significant difference in their lives.
Sister Margretta Dwyer
Sister Margretta Dwyer
Margretta has been a Sister of Mercy for 68 years, taught school for 16 years before coming to the University of Minnesota as a member of the faculty with the Program in Human Sexuality, and has been a therapist for 45 years for people with various sexual problems. While at the PHS she administered the sexual Offender Treatment Program. She focused her research on sexual offenders and has approximately 90 published papers, as well as edited 2 books on sexual offenders. She has published a book Understand offending: Unveiling myths; seeking sexual health. New York: IUniverse. In February 2002, she was Guest Editor for a special journal of American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) on the issues of sexuality and religion. In addition to developing materials for sexual offender treatment, she also developed a Cybersex Course for those addicted to Computer Sex.
During several sabbaticals from the University, she researched and taught regarding persons with offending problems to staff in Norway, Germany, Austria, and in Denmark. She has lectured in The Netherlands, Spain, and Venezuela on the subject of persons with sexual problems. While in Austria, she worked with therapy groups in Mitterstag Prison. Her papers were presented in Paris (2000), Vienna (2002), Athens, Greece (2004) Hamburg, Germany (2006) and Berlin, Germany (2012). She is now retired faculty of the University of Minnesota, and consults by phone, nationally or internationally on sexual issues and sexual offenders.
She spends free time reading, exercising, and working with the homeless and those who cannot find housing due to their former sexual problems. She also serves on various committees.
Joycelyn Elders, MD, MS
Joycelyn Elders, MD, MS
Joycelyn Elders, MD, MS, Former U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Elders, a native of Schaal, AR, is the eldest of eight children. Now a Professor Emeritus of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, Dr. Elders never saw a physician prior to her first year in college. At the age of 15 she received a scholarship from the United Methodist Church to attend Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR. Upon graduation at age 18, she entered the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant and received training as a physical therapist.
Dr. Elders attended the University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS) on the G.I. Bill. After graduation in 1960, she was an intern at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis and did a pediatric residency and an endocrinology fellowship at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock and she ascended the academic ladder to full professorship after her fellowship and board certification in 1976. She also holds a Master of Science degree in biochemistry.
Dr. Elders was nominated as Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service by President Clinton on July 1st, 1993, confirmed by the Senate September 7th, and sworn in on September 8th. Dr. Elders served in this post until January 1995 following which, she returned to the University of Arkansas Children’s Hospital until her retirement on June 30th, 1998.
Dr. Elders says her greatest achievement is that she married Oliver Elders and they have two sons, Eric and Kevin.
Randi Ettner, PhD
Randi Ettner, PhD
Randi Ettner is a clinical and forensic psychologist. She attended Northwestern, Indiana, Harvard, and Roosevelt Universities, and Moray College in Scotland; received the Indiana University Outstanding Psychology Student award; and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She holds Diplomate status in clinical evaluation and trauma. Dr. Ettner has written three books, including a medical and surgical text, Principles of Transgender Medicine and Surgery, numerous peer-reviewed publications on transgenderism, and an internationally syndicated column on women’s health. Dr. Ettner’s work with the transgender community began when she was a student volunteer at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She is the founder and President of New Health Foundation Worldwide, an organization that conducts research and outreach on transgender issues.
Dr. Ettner has been instrumental in the passage of anti-discrimination laws; has provided testimony that helped establish legal precedent for the rights of transgender individuals in the workplace; the attainment of appropriate healthcare for incarcerated persons, and the passage of Medicare legislation for transgender care. She has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs as an advocate for the transgender community and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Presently, Dr. Ettner is chief psychologist of the Chicago Gender Center, and serves on the Board of Directors of WPATH, and is Chair of the Institutionalized Persons Committee. Drs Fred and Randi Ettner are the lead donors to the Randi and Fred Ettner Fellowship in Transgender Health at the Program in Human Sexuality.
Justin Garcia, PhD
Justin Garcia, PhD
Dr. Justin R. Garcia is Executive Director of the Kinsey Institute and Ruth N. Halls Endowed Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He holds affiliate faculty appointments in Cognitive Science, Network Science, and Medicine, and serves as Co-Chair of the Interdepartmental Graduate Committee on Human Sexuality at Indiana University. Dr. Garcia earned an MS in biomedical anthropology and a PhD in evolutionary biology from Binghamton University, and then completed an NIH postdoctoral research fellowship. His research interests focus on the evolutionary foundations of variation in monogamy, intimacy, and sexual behavior, with emphasis on biocultural approaches to sex, gender, dating, and reproductive strategies.
He has coauthored dozens of academic articles and book chapters and is co-author of Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (Harvard University Press) and co-editor of Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (Oxford University Press). He is also co-editor of a special issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences on sexuality and individual differences. An award-winning researcher and educator, Dr. Garcia has lent his expertise to a variety of industry partners, serving as a scientific consultant to K-Y Brand, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and others, and as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 2010, he has been Scientific Advisor to the world’s largest relationship company, Match. His forthcoming book is titled The Intimate Animal.
Jamison Green, PhD
Jamison Green, PhD
AWARD VIDEO Jamison Green is an internationally respected author, educator, and advocate for transgender health, civil rights, and social safety. He holds B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in English from the University of Oregon (1970, 1972), and a Ph.D. in Law from Manchester Metropolitan University, England (2011) specializing in transgender and transsexual legal issues. He is the author of the prize-winning classic text Becoming a Visible Man, has contributed to numerous academic texts, journal articles, and anthologies, and is a co-author of the WPATH Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People. His work on non-discrimination laws and removal of insurance exclusions has earned him numerous awards for advocacy and inspirational leadership and has influenced governments and other organizations around the world.
From 1991 to 1999, he led FTM International, then the world’s largest and longest running information and networking group for trans masculine people. Professionally, he worked in R&D at Cooper Biomedical, and Cooper LaserSonics, and ran technical publications departments at North Star Computers, Paperback Software International, Sun Microsystems, and Visa, Inc. He also worked at the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California San Francisco from 2009-2013. He served for 15 years (2003-2018) on the board of directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, where he also became first American trans person (and second trans person after Prof. Stephen Whittle) elected president of the association. During his presidential term, he engaged professional management, lowered membership costs, established the global regional chapter organization structure, and instituted the formal professional training component of WPATH’s Global Education Initiative, now the Global Education Institute.
Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH
Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH
Debby Herbenick is a professor in the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion and research fellow at The Kinsey Institute. She is the 2016-18 president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and the author of five trade books about sex and love.
Herbenick has published more than 100 scientific articles related to sexual health and behavior in a number of peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, she has served as an expert witness for local, national and international cases related to human sexuality.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Debby Herbenick's research has focused on understanding how people experience their bodies and sexual lives. Among her 160+ scientific publications, she has developed and validated measurement scales to assess genital self-image, the quality of sexual experiences, attitudes toward condoms, attitudes toward bisexual women and men, and has consulted on the development of a number of other measures. Dr. Herbenick is the Principal Investigator of the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB), a decade long nationally representative probability survey of Americans' sexual lives. The award-winning NSSHB covers nine decades of live and has included tens of thousands of Americans. In total—between the NSSHB and several other separately supported studies—Dr. Herbenick has led 13 U.S. probability surveys dedicated to understanding contemporary sex in the United States. Her research has addressed female sexual pleasure and masturbation, vibrator use, couples’ communication, consensual nonmonogamy, diverse sexual behaviors, condom use, sexual satisfaction, sexually explicit media use, and the use of consumer sexual health and enhancement products (e.g., vibrators, condoms, lubricants, etc.). An award-winning researcher and educator, Dr. Herbenick is internationally known for her creative ways of sharing sexual science with the general public. She has published five best-selling books about sex, several thousand newspaper and magazine columns, and served as co-producer for the Emmy-nominated documentary Hot Girls Wanted. In addition, Dr. Herbenick wrote The Kinsey Institute's Kinsey Confidential columns and podcasts for 17 years. She has appeared on various television, radio, and web-based video series talking about sex and sex research. She is also the founder and host of the Bloomington Sex Salon, a popular event series dedicated to creating campus-community conversations about sexuality topics.
Brandon Hill, PhD
Brandon Hill, PhD
Dr. Brandon Hill is a behavioral scientist and current President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, a four-state sexual and reproductive health care, education, and advocacy organization serving patients in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Dr. Hill received his PhD from the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University as part of the Department’s inaugural doctoral cohort. He completed predoctoral research at The Kinsey Institute focused on prenatal development and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Dr. Hill served as the Executive Director of the University of Chicago, Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3). Dr. Hill’s research focuses on designing structural and system level interventions that address barriers to sexual and reproductive health care and adolescent HIV, with a particular focus on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth of color.
Dr. Hill has presented over 100 national and international professional presentations and has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, co-authored by students and junior researchers. Dr. Hill leverages evidence-based research to influence and shift public policy, with an emphasis on studies that influence transgender military service, address barriers to transgender legal name change, and support LGBTQ+ employment and financial stability. At Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Dr. Hill has expanded healthcare services to include LGBTQ+ health and wellness across the Midwest and South, including creating one of the largest transgender and non-binary affirming care programs in Arkansas. As a first-generation college graduate and queer person of color, Dr. Hill is dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting the next generation of sexual and gender diverse researchers and healthcare providers of color.
Janet Hyde, PhD
Janet Hyde, PhD
r. Janet Hyde is the Evjue-Bascom Professor and Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies. She contributes the invaluable research on gender similarities in human sexuality, has published 230+ articles and a widely adopted textbook, and has been recognized at the highest levels for her research contributions.
Few individuals have had such a profound impact on both the field of sexuality broadly and the field of gender. Her work addresses clinical/developmental/social/personality domains and has forced us to challenge our stereotypes about sex and gender. Her ground-breaking works have been published in American Psychologist, Psychological Bulletin, and Science.
Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins has experience working in community development in North Minneapolis, and in delivering social services in South Minneapolis.
Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.
Andrea holds a master’s degree in Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and a Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.
Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc, FACOG
Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, MSc, FACOG
Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Valleywise Health Medical Center (VHMC), where she is the Founding Director of The Refugee Women’s Health Clinic (RWHC). She received her undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University, medical degree from Weill Cornell Medicine, and completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the George Washington University Medical Center. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Female Sexual Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and then became a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan where she obtained her Masters in Health and Health Care Research examining disparities in reproductive health care among refugees/immigrants through mixed-method Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).
As the largest public safety net teaching hospital in the State of Arizona, the mission of VHMC is to care for vulnerable and underserved populations, including refugee communities. Since launching the RWHC in 2008, Dr. Johnson-Agbakwu has spearheaded a unique patient-centered medical home for refugee families, the first of its kind in the state of Arizona, which has been nationally recognized by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a best practice model of care in advancing health equity for refugee women. In nearly 13 years since its inception, the RWHC has cared for over 9,000 women from 64 countries speaking 62 languages across Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia and the Middle East, and delivered over 2,000 newborns. The predominant refugee communities served are from the Great Lakes Central African region (encompassing the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda), Iraq, Burma (Myanmar), and Somalia. The RWHC provides culturally grounded, linguistically informed, locally accessible and comprehensive reproductive and sexual health services encompassing obstetric, gynecologic, and preventive health care, as well as family planning. She also guides the specialized care and surgical expertise provided for women with Female Genital Cutting (FGC), including defibulation and reconstructive procedures. Cultural competency training in refugee women’s health, including sexual health, is also offered to provider staff as well as students, residents, and fellows in training across the health and social science professions. In addition, a multi-lingual staff comprise refugee women who themselves serve as Cultural Health Navigators (CHNs), speak 18 languages fluently and facilitate an integrated team-based approach to health care delivery which involves intensive care coordination and case management that engenders trust, and empowers women towards enhanced health literacy, self-efficacy in navigating the health care system, optimizing their reproductive and sexual health and well-being.
In terms of her scholarly pursuits, Dr. Johnson-Agbakwu is a Faculty Research Affiliate of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) at Arizona State University where she is Director of the Office of Refugee Health and a Research Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions. She has nearly 25 years of experience advancing reproductive and sexual health equity for women affected by FGC as well as Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). Her current research focuses on investigating strategies to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for newly-arrived refugee and immigrant women, with the aim of improving health care access and utilization, sexual and reproductive health education, counseling, community engagement, as well as enhance health care provider cultural competency. She has led a federally funded effort through the Office on Women’s Health to improve the provision of health care services, community engagement and provider cultural competency on FGC across the state of Arizona. She has also provided consultative expertise to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) on refugee women’s health and FGC.
Dr. Johnson-Agbakwu has garnered numerous awards including: The 2021 ISSWSH Humanitarian Service Award, the 2018 ACOG CREOG National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education, the 2018 Arizona Business Journal Health Care Leadership Award, the 2017 Jacque Steiner Public Leadership Award, the Arizona Business Journal 2010 Health Care Heroes Award, and the 2009 State of Black Arizona Community Luminary Award.
Susan is a former Saint Paul Deputy Mayor, City Council President and director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development. She was Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff under former Mayor Norm Coleman and, when Coleman was elected to the United States Senate, she served for a year as his Deputy State Director. She also served as an assistant to former Saint Paul Mayor George Latimer, Chair of the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority and member of the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission. She recently retired from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as the interim President and CEO and Vice President for Economic Development. In retirement, she is currently writing her memoir.
She was the campaign manager for Campaign 90s, the 1991 campaign which successfully defended repeal of the Saint Paul Human Rights ordinance providing equal protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. She was involved in the early organizing of the successful campaign to pass Minnesota's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender human rights amendment, which provided the first statewide protection to transgender persons in the United States.
Active in her community she has served as a member of the Saint Paul Foundation board of directors, served as a member of Regions Hospital board of directors, and is currently member of the Board at the History Theatre of Minnesota. She is an avid golfer and has served President of the Como Park Women's Golf Club.
Eszter Kismödi, JD, LLM
Eszter Kismödi, JD, LLM
Eszter Kismödi, JD, LLM., is an international human rights lawyer on sexual and reproductive health law, policy and research. For the past 15 years her work has focused on developing ways in which legal and policy development, health programmes and research can be shaped to improve the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights laws and the achievement of sexual and reproductive health.
She worked as a human rights adviser at the World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Reproductive Health and Research for ten years (2002-2012) contributing to the work of United Nations treaty monitoring bodies, the Human Rights Council, United Nations Special Rapporteurs and regional and national legislative and human rights bodies. Her working experience extends to Europe in particular Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South-East Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America.
Peggy Kleinplatz is a revolutionary thinker, researcher, and clinician in the field of human sexuality. Always ready to push the boundaries of our knowledge, as well as challenge the status quo, Peggy Kleinplatz champions the sexuality of all. Her writing, teaching, presenting, and training have improved the skills of sex therapists throughout the world. She is a clinical psychologist, Board Certified in Sex Education and as a Diplomate and Supervisor of Sex Therapy. She was awarded the Prix d’Excellence in 2000 for her teaching of Human Sexuality. She is Director of the Optimal Sexual Experiences Research Team of the University of Ottawa and has a particular interest in sexual health in the elderly, disabled and marginalized populations. Kleinplatz has edited four books, notably New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives, (Routledge, 2nd Edition), winner of the AASECT 2013 Book Award, Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures with Dr. Charles Moser (2006) and Sexuality and Aging (2015) with Dr. Walter Bouman. In 2015, Kleinplatz received the Professional Standard of Excellence Award from the American Association of Sexuality Editors, Counsellors and Therapists. Her clinical work focuses on eroticism and transformation. Her research, writing, teaching and clinical work have been intended to challenge, expand and diversify the field of sex therapy.
Chris Kraft, PhD
Chris Kraft, PhD
Dr. Chris Kraft is the Director of Clinical Services and a clinical/research psychologist at the Sex and Gender Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Kraft is also an instructor in human sexuality for psychiatry residents and medical students at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also on faculty in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department at the Johns Hopkins University where he teaches every spring/fall semester three undergraduate courses in human sexuality. Dr. Kraft specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all sexual and gender concerns: low sexual desire, erection, arousal and orgasm difficulties, genital pain conditions, sexual orientations, gender identities, sexual fetishes, sexual addiction/compulsion, internet pornography, infidelity, and marital sexual dissatisfaction.
John Larsen is an original funder and a visionary behind Project 515, an organization with a mission to ensure that same-sex couples and their families have equal rights and considerations under Minnesota law. Project 515 has approached the issue of full equality for same-sex couples through multiple avenues, including business outreach, education, research, advocacy and media. The legislation legalizing same-sex marriage passed both the House and Senate and was signed by the governor on May 14, 2013. Blumberg said Minnesota's experience has served as an inspiration to advocates of same-sex marriage across the country.
June La Valleur, MD, FACOG
June La Valleur, MD, FACOG
Dr. La Valleur has dedicated her life to the University through striving for excellence in education and research, engaging alumni and teaching students, and advocating and fundraising for women's health. She has been a long-time member of the Medical School Admissions Committee, a member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association National Board, a member of the Medical Alumni Society Board Scholarships and a member of the Medical Education Fundraising Committee. In addition, she has been a major force in fundraising efforts for the Program for Human Sexuality (PHS) and she served as chair of the PHS Leadership Council. In 1998, she received the Medical Alumni Society's first Alumni Recognition Award. Throughout her illustrious career, she has mentored numerous medical students, sharing her expertise in women's health and patient care, and continues to teach students beyond her retirement.
Justin Lehmiller, PhD
Justin Lehmiller, PhD
Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist, Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, and author of the book Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning sexuality educator, honored three times with the Certificate of Teaching Excellence from Harvard University, where he taught for several years. He is also a prolific researcher and scholar who has published more than 50 academic works to date, including a textbook titled The Psychology of Human Sexuality that is used in college classrooms around the world. Dr. Lehmiller's research focuses on topics including casual sex, sexual fantasy, sexual health, and consensual non-monogamy. His studies have appeared in many of the leading journals on human sexuality, including the Journal of Sex Research, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Dr. Lehmiller has run the popular blog Sex and Psychology since 2011. It receives millions of page views per year and provides science-based sex and relationship education for the public. In 2019, he launched the Sex and Psychology Podcast, which has reached the top ten sexuality podcasts on Apple in the United States, Canada, and several other countries around the world.
Dr. Lehmiller has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, NPR, and CNN. He has appeared on the Netflix series Sex, Explained and National Geographic’s Taboo, and he has been a guest on Dr. Phil.
He is a popular freelance writer, penning columns and op-eds for major publications, including The Washington Post, Playboy, USA Today, VICE, Psychology Today, Men’s Health, Politico, and New York Magazine.
Dr. Lehmiller’s latest book, Tell Me What You Want, is based on the largest and most comprehensive survey of sexual fantasies conducted in the United States and explores what people are fantasizing about, what our fantasies say about us, as well as how to communicate about our fantasies with our partners. Tell Me What You Want has been published on several continents, has been translated into several languages, and has received international acclaim for the way it normalizes sexual fantasies, reduces sexual shame and guilt, and empowers readers with the tools they need to establish and maintain happy and healthy sexual and romantic lives.
William Marshall, PhD
William Marshall, PhD
William Marshall is, perhaps the most influential figure in the development of sex offender treatment and prevention. He was one of the first to apply behavior theory to develop interventions for men who committed child sexual abuse. He was at the forefront of the move toward cognitive behavior interventions and the first to recognize that therapist characteristics and the therapeutic relationship whereas important to the success of sex offender treatment as they are for other forms of psychotherapy. Dr. Marshall was also at the forefront of developing and implementing positive psychology interventions for men in treatment for sexual offending behavior. Dr. Marshall's reach has been truly international. He has consulted on treatment, management and prevention in every corner of the world, including an expert consultation to the Vatican.
Dr. Marshall's influence in the treatment and study of sexual offending goes well beyond his individual work. He has trained many of the most productive and influential researchers in the field. Those trained by Dr. Marshall have developed the most widely used risk prediction tools, developed institution-based and outpatient treatment programs, have conducted some of the most rigorous and influential studies of sexual violence etiology, and advanced the psychophysiological assessment of sexual behavior. Dr. Marshall's students and proteges have leadership positions across the globe and in all the major professional organizations for prevention, treatment, management, and study of child sexual abuse and sexual violence. Dr. Marshall's students are also training the next generation of treatment providers and researchers, in that they hold faculty positions across the globe.
Dr. Marshall has been president of the two major international organizations in his field. As noted in his bio, he was president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the largest organization for professionals involved in the treatment, management, prevention, and study of sexual abuse and sexual aggression. He was also the second President of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders, which is a smaller, but influential professional and scientific organization which is based in Europe and influences the treatment and management of individuals convicted of sexual crimes across Europe, Asia, and Africa.
As noted, William Marshall has been awarded some of the most prestigious honors in Canada and internationally. In addition to those mentioned in his bio, Dr. Marshall has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. He is the only person to receive awards from both these organizations. Also of note, is that Dr. Marshall was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, this is the highest honor a Canadian citizen can receive. This is a true indication of Dr. Marshall's achievements, his reach, and the esteem with which he is held.
It is hard to find an international expert that wasn't trained by him or trained by someone who was trained by him. His concepts of how to provide treatment have been important across every decade since the 1970's, and his thoughts and activities have been empirically driven, changing from strict Pavlovian conditioning models, to the inclusion of cognitive behavior, and to understanding that therapist characteristics and the therapeutic relationship were major influences on the behavior change necessary to help men avoid sexually violent and abusive behavior. Dr. Marshall also was a leader in the application of positive psychology to sexual offender treatment.
Laurie Mintz, PhD
Laurie Mintz, PhD
Dr. Mintz’s work has influenced professional and lay audience’s views of sexuality. She teaches a popular university course on The Psychology of Human Sexuality. She has written two popular press books aimed at empowering women sexually: A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex (Adams Media, 2009) and Becoming Cliterate (HarperOne, 2017). The latter won the 2019 Society for Sex Therapy and Research Consumer Book of the Year Award, given to recognize the best recent book for consumers that significantly contributes to the understanding of human sexuality and/or sexual problems. Dr. Mintz has published scientific articles regarding sexuality, including six studies demonstrating that her books increase sexual functioning in those who read them. Dr. Mintz gives national and international workshops and presentations to lay and professional audiences on female sexual pleasure, including a TEDx talk. She spreads sex-positive messages through the media and social media, including authoring popular press articles and blogs (including her Psychology Today Blog which has amassed over three million reads), being quoted in the media well over 5000 times, and spreading sex positive messages to over 40,000 followers.
Charles Moser, MD, PhD
Charles Moser, MD, PhD
Charles Moser, PhD, MD is sex educator, sex researcher, clinical sexologist, and sexual medicine physician, who practices in San Francisco. He has been a pioneer in creating the new medical specialty of Sexual Medicine – The Medical Aspects of Sexual Concerns and Sexual Aspects of Medical Concerns. He received his PhD in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco in 1979 and his MD from Hahnemann University (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia in 1991. He is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California, who maintained a private psychotherapy practice specializing in the treatment of sexual concerns prior to his medical career. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Board Certified in HIV Medicine by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, and a Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine (FECSM). Currently, Dr. Moser is President of the Diverse Sexualities Research and Education Institute (https://dsrei.org), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. His private practice focuses on Internal Medicine and Sexual Medicine. He has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific papers or books.
Luis Perelman-Javnozon is a Sexuality Educator and social activist for sexual health, sexual rights and sexual diversity as a member of Mexican, Latin American and World organizations. Today, he is the Secretary General/Treasurer of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS).
After graduating in accounting, he found his calling when he discovered sexology by watching Dr. Ruth on television. He studied a post graduate course in sexuality education at the Mexican Institute of Sexology (IMESEX) and master’s degree in Human Development Potential at the Universidad Iberoamericana of Mexico City.
He is cofounder of the first bookstore specialized in Sexuality Education, El Armario Abierto (The Open Armoire) in 1998, which won the Honorary Mention for WAS Prize for Sexuality Education in 2003. El Armario Abierto became a member of the Mexican Federation of Sexology and Sexuality Education (FEMESS), and Luis participated in the board and was elected Vice President, then President of FEMESS. He co organized 8 National congresses. He is today chair of Institutional Relations and Political Advocacy Committee and co-founder of the Mexican College of Postgraduates in Sexology (COLMEPSEX)
The founding of El Armario Abierto opened doors to visibility in the media and Luis participated as regular guest sexologist in bringing serious and evidence- based attitudes in the daytime cable TV, a weekly program with 3 repetitions for 5 years in Telehit (equivalent to MTV) broadcast to latin America, and in Open Access public Television (Canal 11 Sexo Diario) between 2001 and 2006, then with a cable TV channel dedicated to sexual health called Sexuality, Health and Entertainment. He is still a contributor in Channel 11 of the Polythechnic Institute in the program Diálogos en Confianza. (Dialogues with Trust)
He became a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health in 2009, was Co-Chair of the World Sexual Health Day Committee and participated in the consultation to draft the reviewed WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights in NY in 2014, and in the Consultation towards a WAS Declaration on Sexual Pleasure also in NY in 2019. He is a co-organizer of the 24th World Congress of Sexual Health in Mexico City in 2019 and since March 2020 is Secretary General/Treasurer of WAS.
In additional social activist endeavors, he is co-founder of the Iberoamerican network of Parents of LGBT children from 23 countries called Familias por la Diversidad Sexual inspired by PFLAG; he is Co-founder of the Mexican LGBTTT Coalition to defend sexual diversity rights. He was also for 6 years a member Advisory Assembly of the National Council against Discrimination (CONAPRED) part of the Ministry of the Interior his proposal for a public meeting with the then President of Mexico on national Day against homophobia in 2016 was a turning point in the fight for rights. He is a member of the Tribuna Israelita, the office of the Mexican Jewish Community to counter Anti-Semitism and promote Human Rights. Luis Co-founded and presides over the first Jewish LGBT group in Latin America in 1994 first called Shalom Amigos, today Guimel. He was also Vice President of the World Congress of LGBT Jews.
He has received recognition for his career and contributions to Mexican Sexology from the Mexican Federation of Sexuality Education and Sexology (FEMESS), the Mexican Institute of Sexology (IMESEX); from the Familias por la Diversidad Network for being the proponent and Cofounder; from the Mexican Jewish Community for the work of Guimel and from the Ibero American University ( a Jesuit school) for his activism for gender issues, sexual health and for his fight against homophobia in the Families.
He is thankful for the opportunity to learn from and work with world leaders in the fields of sexology and sexual rights to help change the world for the better.
Michael Perelman, PhD
Michael Perelman, PhD
Dr. Michael A. Perelman is a Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychology in Psychiatry and former Clinical Professor of Reproductive Medicine, and Urology at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is the Co-Director of the Human Sexuality Program, Payne Whitney Clinic of the N Y Presbyterian Hospital. A National Institute of Health Fellow, he received his MS, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University, where in 1976 he wrote the first sex therapy dissertation in Columbia’s history. Dr. Perelman was Chief Intern in Medical Psychology at Duke University Medical Center, followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship studying sex therapy with Helen S. Kaplan, MD, PhD.
In 2012 he founded the MAP Education and Research Foundation [a 501(c)(3) public charity]. The Foundation educates healthcare providers about the importance of maintaining a biomedical-psychosocial and cultural approach to the diagnosis, and treatment of sexual disorders. His trademark registered Sexual Tipping Point® Model was donated to the Foundation, so that its resources could be made available gratis to all healthcare professionals upon request.
As an international leader, Dr. Perelman served on several professional society boards of directors and was the President of The Society for Sex Therapy and Research. He was elected a Fellow of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, the International Society for Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex. He is also a member of over twenty-five other professional associations (serving on and/or chairing numerous committees). He was appointed to the Sexual Function Advisory Council of the American Urological Association, the Standards Committee of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, and both the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V and DSM 5TR Task Force as an Advisor to the Sex/GID Work Group. Dr. Perelman maintains an independent practice in both Greenwich, CT and Manhattan, specializing in sex and marital/couples’ therapy. He is certified by NYS and listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. In 2015, Div. 43 (Society for Family Psychology) of the American Psychological Association presented him with their Award for Excellence in Teaching. The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) certifies him as a sex therapy diplomate, supervisor, sex educator, sex counselor, CE provider, and honored him with their 2012 Award for Professional Standard of Excellence and their 2019 Integrative Sex Therapy Award.
His co-edited book, Management Of Sexual Dysfunction In Men And Women: An Integrated Approach, was published in 2016. Since 2012, Dr. Perelman served as the Editor in Chief, for Springer’s Current Sexual Health Reports, and in 2017 became its Emeritus Editor in Chief. Additionally, he serves on several publications’ Board of Directors and as a consulting editor and/or reviewer for numerous professional journals. He has published over 65 peer reviewed articles, as well as countless abstracts, posters, and over 25 chapters in sexual medicine texts along with delivering over 285 invited presentations. He currently writes an invited Blog for Psychology Today called the “Sexual Tipping Point.” Dr. Perelman has conducted many clinical trials, served on dozens of industry advisory boards and speakers’ bureaus. Additionally, his work in sex and marital therapy is often featured in the media.
Anne is a public health professional, pleasure propagandist and 'guerrilla girl' of HIV prevention. She founded ’The Pleasure Project’in 2004,when she was working to advance access to condoms in low income settings, and in deep frustration of the endless AIDS conferences where no-one talked about people’s motivations for having sex - or indeed really talking about sex at all. And tried to pretend AIDS is an air -borne disease.
Anne developed her passion for sexual and public health, when she was chosen as a community representative in a research project to understand unintended teenage pregnancy in the UK. She started asking young women why they have sex and how and when they have safer sex, rather than only focusing on negative consequences when they do. She has also worked in domestic violence shelters in London and promoted the use of female/internal condoms across Asia, based in Sri Lanka and Thailand. Starting national female condom programmes in many countries taught her more than she thought possible about the similarities in global 'vagina stigma' - however ultimately use increased globally by 60% during her period with the company.
Anne established The Pleasure Project to further forge connections between the worlds of public health, academia, and the media and is globally recognised as the agency that has championed pleasure inclusive sexual health. The Pleasure Project first defined pleasure inclusive sexual health, and is currently working with the World Health Organisation on the first systematic review of evidence of whether inclusion of pleasure components into sexual health programmes impact on health outcomes.
The Pleasure Project's has influenced many agencies to deliver more effective and relevant sex education, and created ‘The Pleasure Map’ a global community of practise for mutual pleasure activist support. Anne worked with the World Association of Sexual Health to launch their Declaration of Pleasure in 2019, following their earlier Sexual Rights Declaration and leading to World Sexual Health Day for the first time in 2020 focusing on 'Pleasure in the time of C19'. The Pleasure Project is now establishing 'Pleasure Principles' for what good looks like in pleasure inclusive sexual health, and recently launched a Pleasure Fellows Scheme - to amplify the voices of pleasure in public health and challenges the overwhelming dialogues of death, danger and disease in public health.
Anne is published widely in health journals and the media, and as a keynote speaker at international conferences, promoting pleasure in sex education and self- defined desire as the ultimate indicator of female empowerment. She hopes one day that people will find it strange that pleasure was absent in sex education.
Alongside her work with The Pleasure Project, Anne has worked as a senior health advisor for the UK Government and headed the regional Ebola team. She is responsible for creating WISH, the UK Government's largest ever international sexual and reproductive health programme ensuring 6 million people in 27 countries across Africa have access to life saving contraception services, especially the youngest and those living in extreme poverty. Anne worked in South Africa during the early years of the AIDS epidemic and Sri Lanka, India and Thailand in a variety of roles. Annie has a degree in Psychology and a Masters (MSc) in Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Billy Porter is an American Broadway theater performer, singer, and actor. He attended the Musical Theater program at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School's School of Drama, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and achieved fame performing on Broadway before starting a solo career as a singer and actor.
Porter won the 2013 Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots at the 67th Tony Awards. He credits the part for "cracking open" his feminine side to confront toxic masculinity. For the role, Porter also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. In 2014 Porter won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots. He currently stars in the television series Pose for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won the 2019 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first openly gay black man to be nominated and win in any lead acting category at the Primetime Emmys.
Dr Potenza is a pioneer in the field of behavioural addictions and is a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Addictions. His research focuses on how non-substance ("behavioral") addictions are similar to and different from substance addictions. He uses brain imaging, genetic, clinical, pharmacological, behavioral and epidemiological approaches to study this topic. He is also interested in how individual differences related to impulsivity and gender, for example, influence non-substance and substance addictions.
He has been a leader in the field of developing a diagnostic category for compulsive sexual behaviour disorder which resulted in the introduction of the classification in the ICD-11 published last year. As internet use widens, psychiatrists and sex therapists report increasingly that young men in particular are seeking treatment for compulsive sexual behaviour and that over 80% of them have porn-related conditions.
Dr Potenza has been instrumental in keeping this issue high on the agenda of the International Conference on Behavioral Addictions. His breadth of knowledge and experience both in the neuroscience research as well as in the clinic allows him to see the impact of several areas of internet activity, gambling, gaming and pornography, that are often used together by patients in everyday life.
His deep understanding of neuroplasticity and the impact of technological stimuli over time makes him a leader in the field for treatment.
He has published extensively with other world-class neuroscientists and psychiatrists in this field. Most importantly, he has developed simple-to-use tools for practitioners such as the 5 question "Brief Pornography Screener" that can be used with clients suspected of having problematic use of pornography.
He works with practitioners and researchers across the globe in order to stay relevant and open to any important developments in this increasingly relevant area of practice.
Col. Jennifer Pritzker
Col. Jennifer Pritzker
In 1974, Jennifer enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving until 1977 with the 82nd Airborne Division. She commissioned in 1979 and served on active duty until 1985 with the 101st Airborne Division and VII Corps Germany. From 1985 to 2001, she served in the U.S. Army Reserves and Illinois Army National Guard. She retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and subsequently received an honorary promotion to full Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
Jennifer is a graduate of U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Infantry Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Tactical Intelligence Officer Course, Combined Arms and Services Course and Chemical and Quartermaster Officer Advanced Courses. She has a B.A. in History from Loyola University, Chicago. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Norwich University in 2007.
Given her upbringing and expansive military career, her philanthropy grew to encompass support for organizations operating in a wide array of subject matter areas, including support for military organizations and projects related to military history, medical and scientific research in human sexuality and gender identity, cultural and educational institutions, historic preservation, and human rights advocacy. Through the TAWANI Foundation, the Pritzker Military Foundation, and privately, Jennifer has made significant investments in charitable support to philanthropic initiatives across the nation and internationally. Her philanthropic work has even taken her as far as Antarctica on several research expeditions with world-renowned astronauts and scientists.
In addition to her role serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of TAWANI Enterprises, Inc., Jennifer devotes significant time to her philanthropic activities. Along with her active engagement as Founder and Chair of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, President and Founder of the TAWANI Foundation, and President and Founder of the Pritzker Military Foundation, she also serves as a Governing Member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Visiting Committee to the Library at The University of Chicago and a member of the Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, she has previously served on the boards of Norwich University (1997-2007), the USO of Illinois (1997-2012), the National Strategy Forum (2000-2013), the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (2001-2007), the Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society (1996-2008), and the National Guard Association of Illinois (1994-1995).
In 2016, Jennifer received a number of prestigious awards and honors, including the U.S. Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Award, the Landmarks Illinois Legendary Landmark Award, and the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s “Trailblazer” award.
Christoffer Rahm, PhD
Christoffer Rahm, PhD
Christoffer works as chief psychiatrist at Psychiatry South Stockholm, Sweden. He received his Ph.D from the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, in 2013. Christoffer was a post-doctoral researcher at Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Center, University of Melbourne, Australia, 2014-2015. He's now the Principal Investigator of Priotab and Prevent-IT, two academically initiated clinical trials at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, on pharmaceutical and psychotherapeutical methods to reduce the risk of men with pedophilia committing child sexual abuse. Christoffer is lecturer in psychiatry and the author of Neurovetenskaplig Psykiatri (Natur och Kultur, 2018), an award-winning textbook in Swedish on neuroscientific psychiatry.
Zachariah's willingness to talk about ED and cite his own personal health experiences not only normalizes ED, especially for young men, but also makes it easy for men to find and secure the treatment they need, removing any stigma.
Co-founder and CEO of Ro: With a nationwide provider network, in-home care API, and proprietary pharmacy distribution centers, Ro seamlessly connects telehealth, diagnostics, and pharmacy services to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare without the need for insurance.
B. R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH, LP
B. R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH, LP
B. R. Simon Rosser, Ph.D., M.P.H., L.P., is professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He has advanced degrees in psychology, epidemiology, and behavioral medicine, with postdoctoral training in clinical/research sexology (from the Program in Human Sexuality). Simon is the author or coauthor of seven books, 19 book chapters, and over 175 peer reviewed scientific papers. Born and raised in New Zealand, his career has specialized in advancing sexual health, especially sexual and gender minority health. In 1983, he helped found the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (1983). In the late 1980s, he completed the second PhD in HIV prevention in the world and the first in the Southern hemisphere. Key findings included that information alone was insufficient to change behavior, that AIDS education promoting fear increased unsafe sex among those most at risk, while gay positive campaigns lowered risk, and that individual and group counseling approaches to prevention lowered risk in different ways. Simon has been at the University of Minnesota since 1990, where he founded the HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS) program. In Minnesota, he developed the “Man-to-Man: Sexual Health Seminars”, a two-day comprehensive sexual health seminar delivered to over 7000 men who have sex with men. This was adapted into Cara a Cara, an advanced training program for HIV prevention for Latino men who have sex with men, and Positive Connections, a program for HIV positive men of Color. An NIH-funded researcher since 2000, he conducted the first NIH-funded studies in the following areas: Internet-based HIV prevention for men who have sex with men, the effects of gay pornography on HIV risk, the effects of structural homophobia on sexual risk behavior, and the effects of prostate cancer treatment on gay and bisexual patients. In addition, he conducted the first studies of sexual dysfunction in gay and bisexual men, named anodyspareunia (painful receptive anal sex) as a sexual dysfunction, conducted the first studies of gay Catholics and gay Muslims, and pioneered the treatment of internalized homonegativity using comprehensive sexual health education. As an interventionist, he designs and evaluates sexual health interventions. His current NIH-funded evaluation studies include the first online sexual rehabilitation study to treat the effects of prostate cancer treatment in gay and bisexual men; the first African-centric sexual health training program for medical, nursing and midwifery students in Tanzania; the first training for nursing and assisted living staff in the care of sexual and gender minorities in the US, and with Mike Ross, the first study using mobile phones to screen for oropharyngeal cancer in sexual minority men. His recent service has included being chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Prevention Studies Section at NIH (2016-2018) and Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Human Research (2019). Currently, he directs the University of Minnesota Graduate Minor in Sexual Health and teaches two courses: “Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS”, and “Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Health.”
Carey Roth Bayer, Ed.D., M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSE
Carey Roth Bayer, Ed.D., M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSE
Carey Roth Bayer, EdD, MEd, BSN, RN, CSE, is a professor in the departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine as well as Medical Education at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Her scholarship focuses on training health professionals to address human sexuality with patients across the lifespan; Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Safe Space, & Inclusion Training; and, educational outcomes and impacts of leadership training programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Xavier University, a Master’s degree in Adult Education and a Doctorate in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. She is a Certified Sexuality Educator.
David Satcher, MD, PhD
David Satcher, MD, PhD
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., was the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and former Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. He was the second person in history to hold both posts simultaneously. His tenure of public service also includes serving as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1993 to 1998. A four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he is a renowned champion for healthy lifestyles and for eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health. He is founder and current Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, and Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at Morehouse School of Medicine. In addition to his distinguished career nationally, he has served since 2005 on the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health.
Loren Schechter, MD
Loren Schechter, MD
Dr. Schechter is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at The University of Illinois at Chicago, attending surgeon at Rush University, and Director of the Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital. He serves on the Executive Committee of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), helped to author the 7th Edition of The Standards of Care, and serves as co-lead for the Surgery and Post-Operative Care section of the 8th Edition of The Standards of Care. He authored the first surgical atlas concerning Surgical Management of Transgender Individuals and is a founding member and president-elect of The American Society for Gender Surgeons. Dr. Schechter is recognized by Castle Conolly as a “Top Doctor.”
Dr. Schechter is a past president of both the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Chicago Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He was the recipient of the 2013 Illinois State Bar Association Community Service Award for his advocacy efforts on behalf of the transgender community was an invited discussant to the Pentagon in 2017 to discuss military service by transgender individuals.
Dr. Schechter received his medical degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency in general and plastic surgery as well as a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals. While at the University of Chicago, Dr. Schechter was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated as The Outstanding Student in Surgery.
Mark Schoen, PhD
Mark Schoen, PhD
Dr. Schoen became an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator in 1976. In 1979 he established a company devoted to producing and distributing sexual health films, Focus International.
In 1981 he produced and directed Orgasmic Expulsions of Fluid in the Sexually Stimulated Female based on the original Gspot research conducted by Beverly Whipple.
He created many of the popular, early sex therapy films that are still being used today including Diagnosing Erectile Problems (1981), Treating Erectile Problems (1981), and Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Program for Women (1993) based on the book Becoming Orgasmic by Joseph LoPiccolo and Julia Heiman.
He produced the award-winning film Bellybuttons Are Navels (1984). Bellybuttons Are Navels had the distinction of being the first children’s book to identify the clitoris and was recommended by Science Books and Films in 1985.
From 1998 -2007 Dr. Schoen was Director of Sex Education at The Sinclair Institute in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. During this period, he produced many award-winning films including the best-selling revision of The Better Sex Video Series: Sexplorations (2005).
From 2006 -2009 Dr. Schoen served on the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health led by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher at Morehouse School of Medicine.
In 2007 he produced and directed Betty Dodson: Her Life of Sex and Art about the life of Betty Dodson.
His documentary TRANS was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 and has won nine Best Documentary Awards. TRANS is currently the number four LGBT Film on Amazon Prime. Upon its release, TRANS was screened in many major colleges and universities all across the country.
He produced the documentary GAME FACE (2015), about the coming out of both a gay college basketball player and a transgender Mixed Martial Arts fighter. GAME FACE is now available on Netflix.
From the fifty-five films he has produced, Schoen has received thirty-eight film awards including two Audiovisual Awards from AASECT (2009 & 2012). He has done workshops and film screenings at numerous Universities across the country.
Dr. Schoen is the Founder of http://www.sexsmartfilms.com/ (an online resource for streaming more than 620 sexual health education, research and therapy films from fifty-two countries worldwide). The collection ranges from the early 1900’s to modern sexual health education films. There are films for young children as well as older adults. It is the largest online sexual health film collection in the world. The audience for these films goes far beyond the classroom and are seen all over the world.
Dr. Schoen has produced fifty-five films to date. He received the Professional Standard of Excellence Award from AASECT (2010) and the SSSS Public Service Award (2012). His films have received thirty-eight awards to date.
Dr.Schoen currently has two films in the preproduction phase.
Pepper Schwartz, PhD
Pepper Schwartz, PhD
Dr. Schwartz is a prolific writer, authoring many academic and popular articles as well as 25 books on the subjects of love, sexuality, and commitment. Her book, American Couples (co-authored with Phillip Blumstein) was incredibly influential. It was a Book of the Month Club selection in 1983 and on the cover of Publishers Weekly. The New York Times devoted a three-page article on it when it was published. At the time, and perhaps to this day, it was the largest study on couples ever done with over 12,000 people, divided into heterosexual married couples, heterosexual cohabiting couples and gay couples and Lesbian couples. There were 600 in depth interviews in the greater areas around and including San Francisco, New York and Seattle. For more than a decade, it was the main source of information on satisfaction and durability in these couples of long and short duration. Later, there was a two-year follow up on the couples. Her publication, Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Their Children About Sex and Character (with Dominic Capello) was a highly praised book including awards from Mother's Voices and the AARP as one of their Outstanding Books for Grown Ups. The Normal Bar (written with Chrisanna Northrup and Jim Witt) was on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Dr. Schwartz co-authored a number of papers with Nicholas Velotta on the last half of the life cycle and aging and sexuality. Their last work was recognized and culminated in the Pepper Schwartz Professorship in Sexuality and Aging that was created by the Program in Sexuality at the University of Minnesota in 2021.
Dr. Schwartz received an award from the American Sociological Association on Public Understanding of Sociology, in part, from her research and testimonies on same sex issues and other public issues such as working with the ACLU on gay adoption, gay foster parenting and the legality of vibrators.
She lectures widely, and does public education on sexual issues and has done a series on sexuality and relationships for getpaired.com in the United Kingdom. She has spoken on sexualities in India, South Africa, Australia, many European countries and in more than 30 states in the United States. Her latest media appearances have been as a relationship expert on Married at First Sight, a television program on Lifetime TV Network that airs in 26 countries. She remains interested in what makes intimate relationships work at each part of the life cycle.
Dr. Schwartz is the former president of SSSS, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexualities, and the past president of the Pacific Sociological Association. Law and Politics Magazine named her one of the 25 Smartest People in Washington State. Among other awards, she was named as a distinguished alumnus from Washington University in St. Louis and served on the alumni council of Yale University Graduate School. Alongside Janet Lever, Pepper has coauthored a column for Glamour Magazine as well as independently authored a column for American Baby Magazine (both over 8 years).
Dr. Schwartz served for 10 years as AARP’s first Love & Relationship Expert & Ambassador. At the end of 2022, Pepper will retire from the University of Washington Sociology department. While there, she helped create the Pepper Schwartz fellowship for graduate students interested in sexualities or intimate relationships.
William Stayton, MDiv, ThD, PhD
William Stayton, MDiv, ThD, PhD
Stayton is a professor, series III, of Community Health and Preventive Medicine in the Morehouse School of Medicine; Atlanta, GA. Stayton is emeritus professor and former director of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, Chester, PA. For 28 years he served on the human sexuality faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Stayton has over 70 publications and participated in 14 documentaries on theology, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, lifestyles, gay/lesbian/heterosexual sex therapy, adolescent sexuality, and religion and sexuality. He serves on several editorial boards and is past president of SIECUS, AASECT, and Planned Parenthood of SE Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the boards of FSSS and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (G-CAPP), chaired by Jane Fonda. He has received numerous awards from AASECT, SIECUS, Widener University, and received the Gold Medal Award from the World Association for Sexual Health in 2011. Stayton is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA and is the author of the new book, Sinless Sex: A Challenge to Religions, available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and his website: drstayton.com.
AWARD VIDEO Tristan Taormino is the author of eight books including Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, Down and Dirty Sex Secrets, and two editions of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. She is a co-editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, with Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Constance Penley and Mireille Miller-Young; it is the first collection that includes writings by scholars, academics, producers and performers. She is the founding editor and helmed 11 editions of the bestselling series Best Lesbian Erotica and is editor of 14 other anthologies including The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge. Her books have been nominated for more than a dozen awards and have won seven, including three Lambda Literary Awards. She’s written for a multitude of publications, and wrote a bi-weekly column in The Village Voice. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at George Washington University.
Tristan’s work, writing, and films are routinely used in college courses to explore the complex issues of relationship and sexual diversity, politics, and media. As a speaker, she is widely regarded as an expert on sex education, LGBTQIA+ communities, kink and BDSM, ethical non-monogamy and polyamory, feminist pornography, the sex positive movement, and alternative sexual practices and relationships. She gives keynotes, presentations, workshops, and trainings on these topics as well as public health, social justice, and sex-positive models for sex education at conferences, organizations, colleges and universities around the world. She is executive producer and host of the long running podcast Sex Out Loud, now in its eighth year, with 3 million downloads to date.
Tristan has appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, National Geographic’s Original Sin, HBO’s Real Sex, as well as shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, E!, and The Discovery Channel. She was the resident sex expert and recurring panelist for two seasons of Ricki Lake (2001-2002). She has appeared on hundreds of radio shows and podcasts including two appearances on The Howard Stern Show. She has been featured in hundreds of publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Entertainment Weekly.
As the head of adult film production company Smart Ass Productions, she directed and produced twenty-four sex education and porn films. Her work garnered 40 award nominations, 6 AVN Awards, and 8 Feminist Porn Awards. She was the first female director to win the AVN Award for Best Gonzo Movie for her film Chemistry. She was awarded The Trailblazer Award for her body of work at the Feminist Porn Awards in 2010. Although she retired from the adult industry in 2014, she is an active champion and supporter of sex workers’ rights.
Sari van Anders, PhD
Sari van Anders, PhD
Dr. Sari van Anders is Research Chair in Social Neuroendocrinology, Sexuality, and Gender/Sex, and Professor of Psychology, Gender Studies, and Neuroscience, at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. van Anders' research sets out new ways to conceptualize, understand, and measure gender/sex, sexual diversity, and sexuality, and provides unique tools and theories for doing so, especially within feminist bioscience and social neuroendocrinology. Dr. van Anders' scholarship has been recognized with awards such as the 2016 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology and the 2012 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. In addition, Dr. van Anders has been awarded the 2013 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, the 2014 Frank A. Beach Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, and has been named a 'Scientist to Watch' by The Scientist. Dr. van Anders is Editor of the Annual Review of Sex Research, and Associate Editor of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity as well as Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Dr. van Anders works on mentorship, leadership, and institutional transformation, which has been recognized by the 2016 Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award from APA.
Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN
Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Beverly Whipple, a certified sexuality educator, sexuality counselor, and sex researcher, is the co-author of the international best-seller, The G Spot and Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality, which has been translated into 23 languages and was re-published as a Classic 23 years later in 2005. Her other co-authored books are: Safe Encounters: How Women can say Yes to Pleasure and No to Unsafe Sex; Smart Women, Strong Bones; Outwitting Osteoporosis; The Science of Orgasm (2006), published in English, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese; and The Orgasm Answer Guide (2010) published in English, Spanish, German and Dutch. Dr. Whipple has appeared on over 300 radio and TV programs and has been featured in hundreds of magazines, including being named in 2013, one of the 10 Sexual Revolutionaries You Should Know by Cosmopolitan magazine. She has delivered over 800 talks and keynote speeches, published over 200 research articles and book chapters. In 1982 and 1983 The Philadelphia Magazine named her one of the People to Watch. She is the recipient of over 115 awards, including the Hugo Beigel Research Award for research excellence and the best article published in the Journal of Sex Research, the NJ State Nurses’ Association Award for Excellence in Research, the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award, the Public Service Award, the Kinsey Award, and the Bullough Award for the most distinguished book written in 2006 from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and the Professional Standard of Excellence Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). She has received the Brisben Foundation award for Excellence in Women's Health, the NJ League for Nursing Diva Award, the Gold Medal from the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) for outstanding lifetime contributions and achievements, and the Masters and Johnson Award from the Society of Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) for her exceptional lifetime achievements in sexual health. On October 18, 2013 was the inauguration of a scientific research center named after Dr. Whipple "El Centro de Investigacion en Sexologia: Dr. Beverly Whipple" in Puebla, Mexico. She is also a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. For their 50th anniversary, the New Scientist named her one of the 50 most influential scientists in the world (2006).
Dr. Whipple is a Professor Emerita at Rutgers University of NJ. She has a BS in Nursing from Wagner College, a Masters in Counseling, a Masters in Nursing, and a PhD in Psychobiology, with a major in Neurophysiology, from Rutgers University. In 2007 she was named an Alumni Fellow by Wagner College. On November 10, 2016, the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University, she received The Rutgers Medal, which read "Rutgers University 250th Anniversary Fellow." On May 10, 2019, she received an honorary doctorate from Wagner College.
Her concern with women's health derives naturally from her over forty years of helping women to feel better about themselves, as a nurse, a nurse educator, and researcher. Her research focuses mainly on women's health issues and the sexual physiology of women.
Dr. Whipple is a member of a number of Honor Societies and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 1983 from Wagner College. Dr. Whipple was the President of AASECT (1998-2000), was the Vice President of the World Association for Sexology (2001-2005), the Secretary General/Treasurer of the World Association for Sexual Health (2005-2009), was on the Board of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (2002-2004), and was the President of SSSS (2002-2003).
She lives in Voorhees, NJ with Jim, her husband since 1962. They have 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
William Yarber, PhD
William Yarber, PhD
During his nearly half-century career, Dr. Yarber has focused on advancing sexual health via his research/scholarship and development of sexual health-related interventions. He has authored/co-authored nearly 175 scientific reports on sexual risk behavior and AIDS/STD prevention in professional journals and has received nearly $4 million in federal grants (National Institutes of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture) to support his research and AIDS/STD prevention efforts. His most significant contributions are his leadership and the development of sexuality education guidelines and HIV/STI education and condom-use interventions that are standards nationally and internationally.
Yarber authored school HIV/STI curricula that were based on behavior change theory, reached thousands of students, and were timely. He authored the first secondary school curriculum (student book and teacher guide) published in the United States that emphasized health behaviors in contrast to biomedical information: STD: A Guide for Today's Young Adults. (1985). Reston, VA: Association for Advancement of Health Education. CDC stated that the prevention behavior approached established in new direction for school STD education. Yarber authored, at the request of the U. S. federal government, the first school AIDS prevention education curriculum (student book and teacher guide): AIDS: What Young Adults Should Know. (1987, 1989) Reston, VA: Association for the Advancement for Health Education. This award-winning curriculum sold more than 200,000 student books within the first year after being published and was translated into Spanish and published in Canada. Yarber also authored) Looking into AIDS (1989, middle school curriculum) and STDs and HIV: A Guide for Today’s Young Adults (2003, 1993, high school curriculum).
Dr. Yarber chaired the National Guidelines Task Force, which developed the world’s first Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten–12th Grade (1991, 1996, 2004), published by the Sexuality Information and Education Council (SIECUS) of the United States (SIECUS). The Guidelines represent the first national consensus on the important concepts and development messages of a comprehensive sexuality education program. Yarber developed the conceptual framework of the Guidelines. The Guidelines have been adapted in seven countries worldwide with the most recent adaptation being within the past two years. Dr. Yarber also founded and co-edited the Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures (2019, 2011, 1998, 1988), the first and only compendium of sexual-related scales.
He is the lead author of Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary Society (Yarber, W., & Sayad, B., 10th edition, 2019, McGraw-Hill), a college human sexuality textbook used in over 300 colleagues and universities nationwide. This book was translated, in 2012, into Chinese and published by the Beijing World Publishing Company and considered that most up-to-date book on human sexuality published in China in the past half century. This text was cited by a Chinese sexuality-related website as a “must-read” text by Chinese people, along with books by Kinsey and Freud. The text was translated and published in Korea in 2012. In 2018 it was published in Taiwan and is considered the beginning of reformed sexuality education in Taiwan.
He is a member of the international Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (KI-CURT) comprised of researchers from Indiana University, University of Kentucky, University of Guelph (Canada), and University of Southampton (United Kingdom). For two decades, with federal and institutional research support, KI-CURT has investigated male condom use errors and problems and has developed behavioral interventions for men, women and couples designed to improve correct condom use consistent with sexual pleasure.
Dr. Yarber is past president of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and a past chair of the SIECUS board of directors. His awards include the SSSS Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award; the Professional Standard of Excellence Award from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; the Indiana University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching; and the inaugural Graduate Student Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award at Indiana University.
Dr. Yarber has been a consultant to the World Health Organization Global Program on AIDS as well as sexuality and HIV/STI-related organizations in Brazil, China, Jamaica, Poland, Portugal, and Taiwan. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human sexuality. He was previously a faculty member at Purdue University and the University of Minnesota, as well as a public high school health science and biology teacher. He endowed at Indiana University, for perpetuity, the world’s first professorship in sexual health, the William L. Yarber Endowed Professorship in Sexual Health (PHS endowed the first chair in sexual health). He also endowed the Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture Series.