2023 Annual Meeting

Thank you to all who attended SSTAR’s 48th Annual Meeting in Tampa and virtually! We look forward to sharing details about the Fall Clincal Case Conference, which will be virtual, soon!


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 2023 Clinical Case Conference – more details coming soon!

More info…

Award Winners

2023 Masters and Johnson Award

Cynthia Graham, PhD

2023 SSTAR Consumer Book Award

Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN: Woman Cancer Sex; Routledge, 2020.

2023 SSTAR Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award

Todd L. Jennings, PhDc: Making Evidence – Based Practice for Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder LGBQ+ Affirmative: Recommendations for Therapists and Researchers



2023 SSTAR Service Award

Kathryn Hall, PhD