SSTAR 46th Annual Meeting

Sex, Religion, and Politics:  Understanding and Challenging the Beliefs that Shape Our Experiences

via Zoom Webinar - April 29 - May 2, 2021


In our 46th year as an organization, we continue to celebrate our commitment to excellence in the field of human sexuality — in research, clinical practice, education, and training—as well as our commitment to the principle that people from all ages and backgrounds have a right to healthy sexuality, a right to sex therapy treatment, and access to scientific discovery informing their sexual health and wellbeing.


This meeting is open to all professionals interested in the topic of sexuality. Attendees need not be SSTAR members or specialists in sexual health. Make plans to participate in the cutting-edge scientific program! To view the entire program brochure, please CLICK HERE.

Confirmed Speakers to look forward to:

  • Ruby Bouie Johnson, LCSW
  • Katie Spencer, PhD & Nic Rider, PhD
  • James Wadley, PhD
  • Candice Hargons, PhD
  • Josh Grubbs, PhD
  • Wendy Bostwick, PhD, MPH
  • Manal Omar
  • John Dehlin, PhD

And SSTAR members such as Lori Brotto, PhD; Peggy Kleinplatz, PhD; Dan Watter, EdD; and Arva Bensaheb, PhD

Program Highlights:

  • Three workshops offered on Thursday with topics including black women and sexuality, working with gender-diverse clients, and supervision in sex therapy.
  • Engaging conference sessions will involve:
    • live and interactive poster presentations,
    • data blitzes,
    • in-depth research and clinical addresses on exciting new sexuality research.

As always, these sessions are a balance of invited and peer-reviewed talks that reflect a wide variety of topics and cutting-edge research in human sexuality and the treatment of sexual and relational difficulties.


We encourage you to register now! CLICK HERE to register directly online. Or please CLICK HERE to print and mail in the registration form.

Please note, a late fee of $50 for the Annual meeting (Friday/Saturday) registrations, across all registration types, goes into effect April 15, 2021.

Scholarships - submission deadline March 17

SSTAR is foremost committed to fostering clinical sexuality practice and research. In order to fulfill this mission, SSTAR is dedicated to being a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who work in the field of human sexuality, including Black, Indigenous or other Persons of Color (BIPOC), individuals from the LGBT2SQ+ communities, and students as well as early career professionals.

SSTAR recognizes that payment of conference registration fees can be an economic hardship and is therefore offering 3 scholarships for the 2021 Annual Conference of up to $825 each to attend 3 preconference workshops, the annual meeting on Friday and Saturday and post-conference Ethics workshop on Sunday. Applicants need not be SSTAR members.

Student ECP Social Event

Student and ECP members are welcome to register for a free social event to be held Thursday, April 29 at 4:30 CT. Click here for more details. RSVP to the SSTAR office at

Upcoming Meetings


SSTAR Virtual 46th Annual Meeting
April 29 – May 2, 2021

SSTAR Clinical Case Conference
October 29, 2021