On November 7, 2009, Bean Robinson, PhD, was named as a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) for her outstanding contributions to sexual science. Robinson was awarded the honor at the SSSS Annual Congress "Sexual Literacy: Health and Rights in Cultural Context" in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico held November 5 - 8, 2009.
SSSS Fellows are selected because their research and outstanding contribution to the scientific study of sex has impacted the work of others by formal investigation designed to develop or contribute to the general knowledge for the field. In her introduction, Naomi McCormick, PhD, SSSS Awards and Fellows Chair, noted Robinson's work in women's health, HIV prevention - particularly among minority and vulnerable groups, transgenderism, and body image. She said, "Dr. Robinson played a major role in developing an important and widely adapted model of HIV prevention. Her excellent research is complemented by her teaching and clinical work. Her teaching and supervision are highly acclaimed by medical students, residents, psychologists, and family therapists. Dr. Robinson is a warm and compassionate clinical psychologist who uses evidence-based approaches to deliver the best available sexual health care to individuals with sexual difficulties."
In her acceptance speech Robinson said, "These are exciting times for sexuality. The WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights, Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Behavior, WHO treatise on sexual health, unparalleled growth in LGBT civil rights, new medical discoveries, (Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, EROS-CTD, hormone-supplementation and menopause), all point to our increased interest in finding solutions to sexual problems for both women and men. This is the perfect time for me to work with SSSS on one of their major missions - to motivate our younger colleagues to seek out a research and clinical career in sexuality - more possible today than ever before. I grew up (thankfully) during the 1970's during what Eli Coleman has called the second sexual revolution. I would never have predicted that the long and frizzy haired hippie girl who reveled in her newfound freedom to express her sexuality before marriage would be receiving such an honor today."
Robinson is joining a distinguished list of colleagues who have been awarded the SSSS Fellow distinction, including current PHS faculty Eli Coleman, PhD, and Walter Bockting, PhD, and former PHS faculty Sandra Cole, PhD, and Simon Rosser, PhD.
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