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 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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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

45th Annual Meeting

April 23-26, 2020
InterContinental Hotel Chicago
Chicago, IL

More info…

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.

2019 Consumer Book Award

Laurie Mintz, PhD: Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters – and How to Get It; HarperOne Publishers; 2017.

2019 Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award

Laura Vowels, PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southhampton, UK: Strategies for Mitigating Sexual Desire Discrepancy in Relationships.

2019 Mentorship Award

Irving Binik, PhD

2018 Masters and Johnson Award

Marta Meana, PhD