2020 Annual Meeting

The 2020 Annual Member Meeting is set for Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 pm Eastern via Zoom Webinar. A meeting link will be emailed to each member.

2021 Virtual Meeting

Out of an abundance of caution because of the uncertainty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SSTAR has cancelled its 2021 hotel contract and will host a virtual meeting instead. Our Scientific Program Chair Stephanie Kuffel, PhD and Co-Chair Jennifer Vencill, PhD, are developing an outstanding program that mirrors the usual annual meeting schedule, with workshops on Thursday, April 29, followed by the two-day meeting on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 and conclude with a virtual Ethics course on Sunday, May 2, 2021. While it’s hard to believe we won’t meet in person for yet another annual meeting, I hope you will agree that it is the safest option for all of us.

We’ll be sharing more details about the program and format in the coming weeks but do mark your calendar today for the 46th SSTAR Annual Meeting: April 29-May 2, 2021.

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

Annual Member Business Meeting

November 5, 2020 6pm Central

via ZOOM Webinar

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

2021 Masters and Johnson Award

E. Sandra Byers, PhD