Our mission: To foster clinical sexuality practice and research
In order to fulfill our mission, we subscribe to the following values:
- To encourage the highest standards for research and practice.
- Respect and dignity for the individual and his/her/their views.
- The right to open, thoughtful, and civil discussion among the membership.
- The refusal to censor opinions/presentations that may generate controversy.
- To welcome a diverse membership with regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and sexual preference.
- 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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2023 Masters and Johnson Award
Cynthia Graham, PhD
2022 Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award
Véronique Charbonneau-Lefebvre: Attachment and childhood maltreatment as moderators of treatment outcome in a randomized clinical trial for provoked vestibulodynia
2022 Mentorship Award
Natalie O. Rosen, PhD
2022 Health Professional Book Award
Stefani Goerlich, LMSW-Clinical, LISW, CST: The Leather Couch – Clinical Practice with Kinky Clients; Routledge, 2020
2021 Consumer Book Award
Peggy Kleinplatz and Dana Menard: Magnificent Sex: Lessons from Extraordinary Lovers; Routledge, 2020.