Our mission: To foster clinical sexuality practice and research

Benefits of Membership:
Exchanging knowledge with the smartest minds in clinical sexuality

The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) is an international society founded in 1975. SSTAR is a community of professionals who have clinical and/or research interests in human sexual concerns. Its goals are to facilitate communication among clinicians who treat problems of sexual function, sexual identity, and reproductive life. SSTAR strives to provide a forum for exchange of ideas between those interested in research in human sexuality and those whose primary activities are patient care through annual meetings, fall clinical conferences, membership newsletters, and an e-mail list-serv for members.

SSTAR membership is multidisciplinary. Members must be actively involved in treatment or research of sexual disorders/sexuality and possess superior clinical competence and high ethical standards. Our membership includes professionals in varying disciplines including Psychology, Medicine (including Psychiatry, Ob/Gyn, Urology, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine), Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nursing, Sexology and the sciences. This permits an interaction between people of diverse disciplines allowing each to contribute his or her unique perspective.

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Save the Date

43rd Annual Meeting

Sexuality and Life Transitions: Navigating Changes and Promoting Sexual Wellbeing
April 19-22, 2018
The Westin Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

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Award Winners

2018 Health Professional Book Award

Douglas Braun-Harvey, MA, MFT, CGP, CST & Michael Vigorito, LMFT, CGP, CST: Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction; Springer Publishing Company; 2016.


2017 Consumer Book Award

Emily Nagoski, PhD: Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life; Simon & Schuster Publishers; 2015.



2018 Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award

Myriam Paquet of the University of Montreal, Canada: How do you Feel? Daily Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms are Associated with Pain, Sexual Function and Sexual Distress Among Couples Coping with Vulvodynia.


2018 Masters and Johnson Award

Marta Meana, PhD


2016 SSTAR Service Award

Marta Meana, PhD