Michael E. Metz Fellowship in Couples' Sexual Health

The Michael E. Metz Fellowship is a two-year program that provides training in the area of couples' sexual health.

Fellows in the Program in Human Sexuality complete a two-year program that combines clinical care and research. They spend 30-40% of their time conducting research projects under faculty supervision, with a goal of presenting results at a scientific conferences and preparing articles for publication. They spend 60-70% of their time providing clinical care, under the supervision of experienced professionals.

Fellows will be encouraged to focus their clinical work on couples’ sexual health with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral therapy under the supervision of experienced professionals in the field, and to conduct research that will make a direct contribution to the field of couples’ sexual health.

Fellows will be able to specialize in the following clinical specialties:

  • Sexual and relationship dysfunction 
  • Intimacy dysfunction 
  • Compulsive sexual behavior
  • Sexual abuse recovery
  • Child and adolescent sexual problems
  • Conflict or confusion regarding sexual orientation
  • Paraphilia
  • Gender dysphoria
  • HIV

To Apply

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have a PhD or PsyD in psychology and be eligible for licensure in the State of Minnesota. We prefer applicants to have experience or an interest in a career that combines clinical and scholarly endeavors in the area of couples' sexual health.

We are recruiting now (Fall 2017) for the fellowship cycle of 2018-2020. Deadline to apply: January 25, 2018.

Apply here

Michael E. Metz

Michael MetzThe Michael E. Metz Fellowship in Couples’ Sexual Health is created to honor the life and work of Michael E. Metz, PhD. Metz was a nationally respected psychologist and couples therapist, who for 12 years served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School and directed the Relationship and Sex Therapy program. As a clinician he worked with more than 6,000 couples, addressing and resolving relationship and sexual problems, improving their quality of life. He was a major spokesperson for a comprehensive, integrated "biopsychosocial" approach (attention to comprehensive medical, psychological, and interpersonal features) to addressing and resolving relationship conflict and sexual problems.

As a writer, he authored more than 60 professional articles and book chapters in the areas of couple intimacy, relationship conflict styles, sexual health, sexual medicine, and cognitive-behavioral features of satisfying relationships. He was the author of 4 books with Barry McCarthy: Enduring Desire, Men's Sexual Health, Coping With Erectile Dysfunction (ED), and Coping With Premature Ejaculation (PE). Coping With Erectile Dysfunction was awarded the 2007 SSTAR Best Consumer Sexual Health Book by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research as well as receiving the 2011 Self Help Book Seal of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. Enduring Desire was awarded the 2011 Best Book Award by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

He conceptualized the “Good Enough Sex Model” which was greeted with great appreciation. The model uses cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and relation factors to promote cohesion, cooperation, and intimacy.

Metz received many awards during his career. He was awarded the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Lifetime Distinguished Service Award, as well as two distinguished service awards from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Most recently he was acknowledged for his lifetime contributions by the Society of Sex Therapy and Research.

BowbeerThe Michael E. Metz Fellowship in Couples’ Sexual Health has been made possible through a generous gift from his wife Hildy Bowbeer.



The goals for the fellowship program, with a combined 30-40% research 60-70% clinical care model are to:

  • Provide up-to-date training in the assessment and treatment of a variety of sexual concerns with an empahsis on couples sexual health
  • Build competency in the promotion of sexual health
  • Promote growth and skills in research design, analysis, report writing, and presentation.

Scholarly Project

Fellows are expected to conduct research under faculty supervision, with the goal of presenting results at scientific conferences and preparing articles for publication.


Fellows are evaluated at 6, 12, and 18 months. It provides fellows the opportunity to give and receive feedback about how the fellowship is going. Evaluations are conducted in a face-to-face meeting with the fellow's supervisors. Fellows are informed about due process procedures in the event of a grievance.


Michael E. Metz fellows are provided the following benefits:

General benefits information are found on the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources Employee Benefits website.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

Receive $1,000 of continuing medical education credit that can be used for educational expenses such as conferences or courses. The $1,000 credit rolls over from the first year to the second.

Employee Self-Service

Fellows can view their current vacation and sick leave balances, pay statements, benefits summary, and more using MyU.

Contact Us

For more information regarding payroll, vacation, assistance planning leave, or sick leave:
Christina Steere

For more information regarding other benefits: 
University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources 
612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363 

Contact Us

Eli Coleman, PhD
Program Director

Office Address 
West Bank Office Building
1300 S 2nd, St Suite 180
Minneapolis, MN 55455