Dr. James Wadley is Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Human Services Program at The Lincoln University. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is the founding editor of the scholarly, interdisciplinary journal, the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (University of Nebraska Press). He is also the founder and Principal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians and his professional background in human sexuality education and educational leadership has enabled him to galvanize scholars and practitioners in the field of sexology across the world.
Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Human Sexuality Education. He earned a Master of Science in Education in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky after completing his BA in Psychology from Hampton University. Finally, he holds a clinical postgraduate certificate from Thomas Jefferson University/Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and several other state certifications that enable him to be one of the nation’s best marriage, family, and sexuality clinicians.
Shadeen Francis, LMFT is a marriage and family therapist, professor, and author that specializes in sex therapy and social justice. She has been featured on numerous platforms like 6abc, CBC, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post to share her unique expertise on relationships and wellness. Because of her ability to tackle difficult subjects with warmth and humour, and is sought internationally to speak on topics such as sexual self-esteem, building intimacy, and boundary negotiation. Whether in her office, on television, or at a community event, all of Shadeen’s work is inspired by her commitment to helping people live lives full of peace and pleasure.
Uchenna Ossai, DPT, PT, WCS, CLT is a board-certified pelvic floor physical therapist and serves as the Pelvic Health Program Manager for UT Health Austin’s Women’s Health Institute. She specializes in chronic pelvic pain for individuals of all genders, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic floor dysfunction for marginalized populations, particularly women of color and the LGBTQIA community. Additionally, Uchenna Ossai is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health. Uchenna Ossai earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her residency in women’s health and movement impairment science at Washington University in St. Louis. She also completed the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program in Sexuality Counseling and Education. Uchenna Ossai created and developed the pelvic health physical therapy program at Houston Methodist Hospital, where she was on faculty for the Urology Residency Program and the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship.
Michael Aaron, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, author, and speaker, specializing in the field of human sexuality. He is a recognized expert on a variety of sexuality issues, including sexual minorities, alternative/kink/polyamory lifestyles, sex workers, discordant desire and infidelity in couples, sexual dysfunction and anxiety, gender and orientation confusion, and sexual compulsivity. He has been interviewed in numerous media outlets, online podcasts, and magazines, such as the New York Times, Wall St Journal, CNN, Reuters, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness and Vice.com. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Men’s Fitness Magazine and blogs for Psychology Today. He is certified as a Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology. His book Modern Sexuality is an Amazon bestseller in the category of human sexuality.
His website is www.drmichaelaaronnyc.com.
Stanley E. Althof, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2004 he moved his clinical practice to West Palm Beach, Florida where he opened the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida. Dr. Althof is on the Consulting Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach. He and his two former partners were the 2005 recipients of the prestigious Masters and Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Dr. Althof also consults with several major pharmaceutical companies to develop and validate outcome measures, design research methodologies, and conduct clinical trials on a variety of new treatment options for male and female sexual problems. Dr. Althof is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), Past-President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and the Tri-State Group Psychotherapy Society. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Menopause and the International Journal of Impotence Research and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals. He is the Associate Editor of two books- Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals and Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction.
As a skilled clinician and scientist, Dr. Althof’s research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of sexual dysfunction and their impact on men, women, and couples. He has been instrumental in the development of sex therapy as a sub-specialty. Dr. Althof is the author of many original publications and has contributed numerous chapters to leading textbooks in psychiatry, urology, and sex therapy. He is a highly sought after lecturer and travels extensively both internationally and within the United States to present his research findings.
Dr. Althof received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He completed an internship in clinical psychology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, which was followed by additional postgraduate work at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas.
Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health. The Harvey Institute curriculum “Sexual Health Conversations” developed for Los Angeles Department of Child Welfare helped catalyze a 2017 statute mandating over 100,000 California foster youth professionals and parents to receive training on methods for talking with youth about sexual health. Since 1993 he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). His new book “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” written with co- author Michael Vigorito was selected as the 2018 Health Professional Book by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). Previous publications include “Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual” (2011) and “ Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual ” (2009).
Mr. Braun-Harvey is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor and Certified Sex Therapist. He is honored, as an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, to join their Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality in which he is a founding donor of the Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior. He has been providing individual and group therapy in his San Diego private practice since 1987.
Melinda Gronen, M.A. is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 2000. Melinda spent 10 years performing forensic child abuse assessments as part of the multi-disciplinary Protective Services Team at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Melinda is currently the owner of Melinda Gronen Counseling, LLC where she specializes in providing counseling for adults and children who have experienced trauma as well as Caped Crusader Consulting, where she provides trainings at organizations across the country in the area of child maltreatment and trauma. Melinda is a contract therapist in community schools working with children impacted by traumatic loss and community violence. Additionally, Melinda is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, Erikson Institute, and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.
Gail Guttman, LCSW, is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Diplomate and Sex Therapy Supervisor. She is also a Certified Imago Therapist and Consultant. She has worked for more than 35 years as a couples and sex therapist in private practice in Washington, DC, and Suburban Maryland. For the past twenty years, Gail has been conducting Imago therapy and sex therapy consultation groups. She has led numerous educational workshops for professionals in sex therapy and Imago therapy. Most recently her workshops have focused on the integration of couples therapy and sex therapy. She has conducted over 30 short-term women and sexuality groups. Washingtonian Magazine chose her in 2009 and 2013 as a “Top Therapist” in both specialties of marriage therapy and sex therapy.
Dr. Anne Katz is the certified sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba and Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Manitoba Prostate Centre. In these roles she counsels men and women with a history of cancer who are experiencing sexual and relationship challenges. She also supports couples through recurrence and treatment decisions at that point. She is the fertility preservation counselor for the organization and also runs a sexual rehabilitation program for women after radiation therapy.
Dr. Katz is the editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum, the premier research journal of the Oncology Nursing Society. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.
She has been an invited speaker at multiple international conferences and meetings in North American, Europe and beyond where she has educated health care providers and cancer survivors about cancer, sexuality, and survivorship.
She is the author of 12 books for health care providers and health care consumers on the topics of illness and sexuality as well as cancer survivorship. Two of her recent books have won prestigious awards, including the SSTAR 2015 Consumer Book of the Year Award for her book Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love: Supporting and Caring for your Partner and the 2016 Prose Award for Meeting the Need for Psychosocial Care in Young Adults with Cancer.
Dr. Joe Kort is a licensed sex and relationship therapist. He specializes in sex therapy, LGBTQ issues and Imago Relationship Therapy. He is the author of four books: 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives: Revised and Updated, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love, LGBTQ Clients in Therapy: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight, or Bi?: A Guide for Women Concerned about Their Men. A regular blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, he’s founder and director of the Center for Relationship and Sexual Health in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Kort is also in partnership with Modern Sex Therapy Institute offering an LGBTQIA Affirmative Certification for helping professionals working with this population.
Dr. Justin J. Lehmiller received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Purdue University. He is a 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 educator, having been 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 40 pieces of academic writing to date, including a textbook entitled The Psychology of Human Sexuality (now in its second edition) that is used in college classrooms around the world. Dr. Lehmiller’s research focuses on topics including casual sex, sexual fantasy, sexual health, and friends with benefits. His studies have appeared in all 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, and it now receives several million page views per year. He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, includingThe Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, CNN.com, The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, and The Sunday Times. He has been named one of 5 “Sexperts” You Need to Follow on Twitter by Men’s Health and one of the “modern-day masters of sex” by Nerve. Dr. Lehmiller has appeared on several episodes of the television program Tabooon the National Geographic Channel and has been a guest on numerous podcast and radio shows, including the Savage Lovecast and the NPR programs Radio Times and Airtalk. He is a popular freelance writer, penning columns and op-eds for major publications, including Playboy, USA Today, VICE, Psychology Today, and New York Magazine. In addition, the articles he writes on Sex and Psychology have been syndicated on major websites, including Business Insider, Huffington Post, Men’s Health, and Thought Catalog
Logan Levkoff, Ph.D., is an AASECT certified sex educator and served on the AASECT Board of Directors. She received her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life Education from New York University and an M.S. in Human Sexuality Education and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in New York City with her husband, son, and daughter.
A recognized expert on sexuality and relationships, Dr. Logan Levkoff encourages honest conversation about sexuality and the role it plays in our culture. Logan makes it clear that sex and sexuality are not “dirty” words; she works to create an environment where people feel comfortable asking (and getting answers to) their most personal questions. Logan empowers children, adolescents, and adults to embrace their sexuality and challenge the impractical, and often unhealthy, messages that they are exposed to.
Logan is dedicated to perpetuating healthy and positive messages about sexuality and relationships. She speaks on a wide range of issues, including sexual health and sexuality education, trends in sexuality, relationship hurdles, and the role of sexuality in pop culture and politics. For over a decade, Logan has been teaching groups of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds.
She has designed and implemented sexuality education programs, faculty development, and parent education in many secular and religious independent schools, universities, medical schools, and community organizations. Logan’s work with teens and parents has been profiled in numerous publications, including The New York Times.
As a pleasure-positive sex therapist and educator, Rae McDaniel, M.Ed., LCPC specializes in supporting you in developing confidence and joy in your own unique skin, sexuality, & relationships. They a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and the Founder and CEO of Practical Audacity and GenderFck.
As a Gender & Certified Sex Therapist, Rae works with folks feeling anxious and lost about a transition they’re experiencing in sex, gender, sexual identity, or relationships. They help folks uncover more of who they are so they feel confident in their own skin, providing the support they need to go from feeling broken and alone to whole and part of a community.
Rae’s specializations include gender therapy for transgender/non-binary/questioning individuals, sex therapy, the LGBTQ population, trauma, sexual pain, PTSD, and kink/poly affirming care. Their clinical style is warm and collaborative, helping you locate and build upon the strengths you already have in your life in order to create change while challenging behaviors and thoughts that aren’t working.
Rae is dedicated to helping folks find new avenues of pleasure & connection in their life. She holds a Master of Education in Community Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. They graduated from the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program with specializations in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education.
Through their brand, Practical Audacity, they has been featured in media sources such as Shape, Health, & Bustle as a sexual health and relationship expert through their collaboration with Lifestyles & SKYN Condoms. Rae provides workshops, coaching, speaking, and consultation for professional audiences, as well as the general public, on topics related to gender and sexual diversity, eroticism, and relationships.
Korey McWilliams, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. Korey received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1996 as well as a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational psychology in 1990. Korey has over twenty year of experience working with individuals, couples, and businesses as a psychotherapist, educator, and consultant. Korey currently teaches human sexuality at a local university and is working towards certification as a sex therapist.
Hani Miletski is a psychotherapist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland with over 20 years of clinical experience. She is certified as a Diplomate of Sex Therapy and as a Sex Therapy Supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Dr. Miletski has trained and supervised therapists and professionals in the field of human sexuality throughout the world, and has presented at various national and international conferences. She is the author of Mother-Son Incest: The Unthinkable Broken Taboo Persists, Understanding Bestialtiy and Zoophilia, and a variety of other articles and chapters in the professional literature. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Dr. Miletski was born is Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an officer before coming to the US at the age of 24.
Michael Moran, LCSW, CST is the Founder and Director of The Center for Relational Fulfillment in New York, NY where he specializes in relational and sexual issues. He is a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Certified Inner Bonding Facilitator. Mike is on the Board of Directors for NYCEFT (New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy) where he co-chairs the Education Dept. Mike is also an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University where he teaches Marriage & Family Therapy and travels around the country training mental health therapists how to effectively address sexual issues in couples therapy.
Dr. Melvin L. Phillips, Jr. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Dr. Phillips has worked in several mental health and substance abuse treatment settings including outpatient community mental health, inpatient treatment, and private practice for the past 12 years. He is a speaker and has lectured on topics including preventative services, anxiety and stress management, caregiving stress, depression in the elderly, mindfulness and cognitive strategies for chronic pain, ethical decision making, and the assessment of mental disorders. He has published in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, conducting a research study on LGBTQ-Affirmative Teaching at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Understanding Program Directors Views. He holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Behavioral Health from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. In addition, Dr. Phillips holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Norfolk State University and is an adjunct professor in the Master of Social Work Program with the School of Social Work at Western New Mexico University. Dr. Phillips is employed at a group private practice in Washington, DC., Capitol Hill Consortium for Counseling and Consultation where he treats chronic illness and sexual dysfunction.
Lawrence Siegel, MA, CSE, is a Clinical Sexologist, certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists (AASECT) as a sexuality educator, and is a Fellow with the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. In addition to being former President and current Director of Education & Training for Sage Institute for Family Development, Larry serves on faculty at Nova Southeastern University, Burnett International College, Kaplan University, and Palm Beach State College. As an educator, trainer, and consultant for the past 28 years, Larry has traveled extensively – both around the US and abroad – training all levels of health and mental- health professionals and is recognized as a leading educator in the area of sexuality, sexual medicine, and sexual therapies. Larry is also widely published, in both popular and peer-reviewed media, in such areas as problems with the “sex addiction” model, sexual changes in aging adults, sex and drugs, relationships, and enhancing sexual experiences.
Larry has been honored numerous times in Who’s Who of American Teachers and has received several honors for teaching excellence. As president of a non-profit organization, he has also been recognized in Who’s Who of American Executives and has consulted with other non-profit organizations on developing effective practice models and training programs. He is a regular guest on radio and television shows and can be found as an expert advisor on such websites as SexualHealth.com and iFriends.net, in addition to numerous guest blogs and podcasts.
Most recently, Larry has joined the faculty of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, providing sex therapy education and training to mental-health and medical professionals. He has also formed a collaboration with Senior Solutions to present a series of trainings and workshops on senior dating, sex and relationships while working with elder-care communities to develop policies and procedures to effectively address these issues.
RICHARD M. SIEGEL, Ph.D., LMHC, CST, is the Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, a postgraduate continuing education institute training sex therapists and sexual medicine specialists at multiple sites throughout the country. Dr. Siegel is a Florida-licensed mental health counselor and Board-certified sex therapist, and is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as a sex therapist and supervisor. He has a rich experiential background, including over 20 years working in sexuality education and addiction treatment, teaching on college campuses, and maintaining a private sex therapy practice. He enjoys a reputation as a seasoned and in-demand workshop and conference presenter, in addition to his work in training and supervising sex therapists.
Dr. Siegel has served AASECT as conference co-chair for three consecutive years, followed by two elected terms as Board Secretary, and has been appointed as the chair of the Supervisor Certification Committee. He is also a Clinical Member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR), and served on the Executive Committee of that organization as its Membership Officer from 2015-2017.
He completed his Doctoral dissertation at the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists in Orlando, FL, with a research focus on the integration of healthy sexuality and addiction treatment. He has worked enthusiastically to integrate traditional sex therapy into the emergent specialty of sexual medicine, as well as the addiction treatment field.
Mr. Vigorito is a sexual health psychotherapist, author and consultant. As a psychotherapist, he provides individual, couples and group psychotherapy for a range of behavioral health concerns. He works with clients concerned about consensual sexual behavior problems, relationship and sexual dissatisfaction, sexual disorders, unconventional erotic interests and sex-drug linked behaviors. Mr. Vigorito has specialized training in co-occurring disorders (e.g. mental health and substance use disorders), domestic violence, mindfulness and clients living with HIV/AIDS.
Along with providing psychotherapy, Mr. Vigorito provides trainings and clinical consultations to help practitioners integrate a sexual health framework into routine mental health and substance use disorder treatment. He co-designed a sexual health assessment and treatment protocol with Douglas Braun-Harvey, which was published in Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior – Rethinking Sex Addiction (2016). As the sexual health consultant for Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Mr. Vigorito designed and implemented three training programs to promote culturally-competent sexual health care in Baltimore City behavioral health agencies: the Sexual Health Learning Community, the Adolescent Behavioral & Sexual Health Initiative and the Sexual & Gender Training Program. These programs trained providers in conducting sexual health conversations and risk-reduction counseling to prevent HIV infection and teen pregnancies among mental health and substance use disorder treatment-seeking clients. Mr. Vigorito also offers local and national workshops for mental health providers on various sexual health topics, including out of control sexual behavior assessment and treatment, psychotherapy with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients and integrating sexual health into psychotherapy (Please visit the workshops page for a complete list).
Mr. Vigorito is licensed in the District of Columbia and Virginia as a Marriage & Family Therapist [DC LMFT000153; VA 0717001280] and is certified as a Group Psychotherapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association.