Please mark your calendars for the 2022 Annual Meeting to be held in person, April 28-May 1, 2022 in Chicago. Registration is now open. Click over to the meetings page for the program, hotel and registration information.

Scientific Program Chair Jennifer Vencill, PhD

Co-Chair Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH.


Our mission: To foster clinical sexuality practice and research

In order to fulfill our mission, we subscribe to the following values:

  1. To encourage the highest standards for research and practice.
  2. Respect and dignity for the individual and his/her/their views.
  3. The right to open, thoughtful, and civil discussion among the membership.
  4. The refusal to censor opinions/presentations that may generate controversy.
  5. To welcome a diverse membership with regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and sexual preference.
  6. To expect that members will follow the codes of ethical conduct specific to their discipline.

Benefits of Membership:
Exchanging knowledge with the smartest minds in sex therapy and research

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 , 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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Whether you’re a psychologist, physician, scientist, early career professional,
retired or a student,
there’s a membership level
just for you.


Save the Date

Fall Clinical Case Conference

October 29, 2021

Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York, NY

47th Annual Meeting

April 28 – May 1, 2022

More info…

Award Winners

2021 Masters and Johnson Award

E. Sandra Byers, PhD

2021 Consumer Book Award

Peggy Kleinplatz and Dana Menard: Magnificent Sex: Lessons from Extraordinary Lovers; Routledge, 2020.

2021 Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award

Stéphanie Gauvin is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at Queen’s University: Empirical Evaluation of Rainbow Reflections: A Comic Book Anthology on Body Image for Queer Men. 

2019 Mentorship Award

Irving Binik, PhD