Given the threat posed by Covid-19, SSTAR has been working hard to plan a virtual meeting in lieu of an in person and to renegotiate our hotel contract without incurring a financial penalty to our organization. We thank you for your patience and trust in this process. We are thus officially cancelling the 2020 in person annual meeting scheduled for April 23-26 in Chicago and offering a modified live virtual meeting in its place on Friday, April 24. We will also offer three workshops on Thursday April 23, and the Research presentations will pre-recorded on a private Youtube channel that conference attendees can peruse at their convenience. Posters will be available to all registrants in a Dropbox folder. As you may imagine this is an unprecedented step SSTAR is taking to ensure the health and safety of our members, attendees and presenters.

All those who previosuly registered for the original meeting will be notified about all the details of the new virtual meeting, registration discounts and refund options. As a reminder,

  1. Registration rates for the virtual meeting will be reduced and modified refunds will be made to those already registered who participate in the virtual meeting.
  2. Full refunds of Poster Reception guest tickets and outing tickets to Buddy Guys will be made to all.
  3. Hotel reservations can be cancelled without penalty. Please contact the InterContinental Chicago Hotel directly at (312) 944-4100.
  4. The modified virtual program will be accredited to provide ACOG, AASECT, APA and NASW credits.
  5. Full refunds will be made to those who do not want to participate in a virtual meeting

The Executive Council and Program Chair hope you will participate in the new virtual meeting – four plenary speakers are confirmed to present along with many of our other invited speakers and research presenters – in support of SSTAR’s mission to foster clinical sexuality practice and research.

We also appeal to our members who were not formerly planning to attend the Chicago meeting to consider supporting SSTAR’s mission by registering for the virtual program and promoting it to your colleagues and peers.

Go to the Meetings page for specific program and pricing details.

If you have questions please contact info@sstarnet.org or SSTAR President Sophie Bergeron at sophie.bergeron.2@umontreal.ca or call the SSTAR office at 847-647-8832.

Thank you again for your support and patience.

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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Save the Date

45th Annual Meeting – in person cancelled in lieu of Virtual Program

April 23-24, 2020
via ZOOM

More info…

Award Winners

2020 Health Professional Book Award

Lori Brotto, PhD: Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire; Greystone Books ; 2018.

2019 Consumer Book Award

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

2020 Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award

Beata Bothe, PhD, is a post-doctoral fellow in Psychology at the University of Montreal: High Frequency Pornography Use May Not Always be Problematic. 

2019 Mentorship Award

Irving Binik, PhD

2018 Masters and Johnson Award

Marta Meana, PhD