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Eli Coleman, PhD, honored by SSSS

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Eli Coleman, PhD, received the award for Distinguished Service to the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) at the organization's annual meeting in Tampa, FL, on November 10, 2012.

Award presenter, William Yarber, HSD, of the Kinsey Institute, said of Coleman, "Very few members have served SSSS for so long and with such effectiveness. He has provided leadership and guidance, with diplomacy, through many organizational challenges. He is well-respected, a good listener, and he is most skillful in helping people reach a consensus. Certainly SSSS is stronger and more effective because of Dr Coleman's superior leadership." Coleman has continuously served SSSS for almost three decades including terms as president (1989-0990), mid-content president (1988), member of the Personnel Committee (2003-2005), and chair of the Membership Committee (2007-2011).

In his award acceptance Coleman said, "SSSS has been very critical to the growth of my professional career. It provided me with the base on which I received collegial support, guidance, new ideas, and feedback on my own work. SSSS launched me into the international arena of sexual health. Being involved in the governance has sharpened my administrative skills, and I have used those skills to assist a number of other sexological organizations. It has been easy to keep giving back to the organization that I love and that gave me so much." Coleman also thanked the faculty at PHS for supporting his work with SSSS, which has made it possible.

The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality is dedicated to advancing knowledge of sexuality. To acquire that knowledge the Society requires freedom of inquiry, support for research, and an interdisciplinary network of collaborating scholars. The Society believes in the importance of both the production of quality research and the application of sexual knowledge in educational, clinical, and other settings. The Society also sees as essential the communication of accurate information about sexuality to professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

PHOTO: Eli Coleman, PhD, and William Yarber, HSD




Coleman-JMA-BP.jpgThe John Money Award for 2012 was presented to Eli Coleman, PhD, for his work on sexual health, sexual compulsivity, gender identity, and effective clinical practice for sexual disorders.

On May 19, 2012, Coleman received The John Money Award from the Eastern Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) at their annual meeting in Bloomington, IN. The award recognizes scholars who have made outstanding contributions to our understanding of human sexuality. The award is named for John Money, PhD, whose landmark research and theorizing deepened our understanding of gender and sexuality.

As the award winner, Coleman presented the annual meeting opening night plenary, "Defining Sexual Health: History, Challenges and Opportunities."

Previous John Money Award winners include Jeff Parsons (2011), Mark Padilla (2009), Theo Sandfort (2008), Vern Bullough (2005), and Charlene Muehlenhard (2004). 

PHOTO: Eli Coleman, PhD, and Juline Koken, PhD 





Dianne-Berg-BP-7.jpgThe PHS postdoctoral fellows honored Dianne Berg, PhD, with the 2012 Faculty Mentor Award. Graduating fellows Aimee Tubbs, PsyD, and Brad Nederostek, PsyD, presented the award on June 13.

The fellows selected Berg because she is "someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, is an outstanding leader, teacher, and mentor, and is supportive of our learning and development as professionals." Tubbs added that her, "clinical skills are top notch, her enthusiasm is contagious, she has the very important ability to instill hope, she seizes opportunities for teachable moments, she is compassionate, kind, approachable, down to earth, and she is ALWAYS open to the 'random door knock' to field fellow's questions. Berg provides balanced feedback, she gives constructive criticism and celebrates successes. She includes the fellows as colleagues and helps us see ourselves as part of the profession."

Berg herself is a graduate of the PHS postdoctoral fellowship. She has mentored postdoctoral fellows since 2000.

Dianne Berg, PhD, is an assistant professor involved in providing clinical services to adults, adolescents and children with sexuality concerns. Her areas of interest are compulsive sexual behavior, transgender issues (including gender identity disorder and intersex issues in children), women's sexual dysfunction including relationship and sex therapy, abuse recovery, and the treatment of sex offenders (including children with sexual behavior problems). She recently developed a time-limited psychoeducational/support group for partners of people with compulsive sexual behavior and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of a new community health seminar for the GLBT community called Our Sexual Health. While at the University of Illinois, Berg helped to develop, implement, and research the impact of a campus-wide acquaintance rape education program. She also was active in the establishment of lesbian support groups. For several years prior to coming to PHS, Berg focused on the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings including residential treatment and a community mental health outpatient clinic. She continues to be a community faculty member of Metropolitan State University, where she teaches a course on the prevention, assessment, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.




Rosemary Munns, PsyD, honored with Faculty Mentor Award

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Munns-award.jpgRosemary Munns, PsyD, was honored with the 2011 Faculty Mentor Award presented by the PHS postdoctoral fellows. Graduating fellows Eric Sprankle, PsyD, and Sheena Hoffman, PhD, presented the award.

Sprankle said of Munns, "I learned more about cognitive therapy from her in the first six months of my fellowship than in the five years of previous clinical training combined. She provided invaluable support and advice for job searching and studying for the EPPP. And most importantly, I am truly fortunate to have had her empathy and warmth when I was experiencing personal distress."

Hoffman added, "Rose has always followed through for me, and she was thorough and attentive every step of the way. Being lucky enough to have her as a supervisor my first semester/rotation here, I felt very safe. She serves as a body guard for the postdocs as needed, since she was a postdoc here herself. I have always appreciated that she is organized, on top of things, attentive, and makes sure that she has answered every question before we move forward. I have a lot of respect for her, and feel honored to have worked with her. She has served as a strong mentor to me."

Munns thanked Sprankle and Hoffman and said, "I am truly honored. Training the postdocs is a very important part of my job that I take very seriously. Thank you."

Munns herself is a graduate of the PHS postdoctoral fellowship. She has mentored postdoctoral fellows since 2001.

Munns received her MA in clinical psychology in 1995 and her PsyD in 1998 from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She had 12 years of experience in the mental health field prior to graduate school. She has extensive clinical experience in assessment and treatment of substance abuse, working in correctional settings with juvenile delinquents and adults, as well as inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. Her primary interest is in providing clinical services to adults with sexuality issues. Her areas of interest are sexual dysfunctions, relationship and sex therapy, transgender issues, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, abuse recovery, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and HIV counseling.

PHOTO: Rosemary Munns, PsyD, Eric Sprankle, PsyD, and Sheena Hoffmann, PsyD


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Siefkes-2-BP.jpgOn June 5, 2010, Rev. Dr. James "Jim" Siefkes, a founder of PHS, was awarded the Humanitarian Award by American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) at their 42nd Conference "Bridging Educational, Medical, and Clinical Issues in Sexology" in Pittsburgh, PA. The Humanitarian Award is given to individuals for their contribution to the field of human sexuality through a private endeavor, charitable event(s), public awareness campaign, sex-positive educational offering, or political platform and who have received national and/or international recognition for the contribution.

Siefkes is a genuine humanitarian and a true pioneer in human sexuality. For 33 years he worked in the Department of Congregational Social Concerns in the national office of the American Lutheran Church (later the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). In his work with local parishes he discovered there was little awareness of mission as anything more than traditional understandings and practice. He designed a program to broaden the understanding of mission called MATRIX. In brief, the Matrix process amounted to gathering groups of clergy, spouses, and laity and "holding class" on the streets and in the throes of the issues of the day. Issues addressed and experienced included racism, drugs, campus riots, ecology, the Vietnam war, conscription, conscientious objection, runaway kids, emerging lifestyles, women's issues, men's issues, hunger, singles, and human sexuality. Matrix proved a way to introduce social justice and ministry on the side of people suffering from oppression as critical to understanding the mission of the church.

Siefkes pioneered convergence between national religious bodies, sexuality, and science with special care given to the areas of sexual health, sexual orientation, as well as physical, psychological, and intellectual disability. He was one of the founders of PHS as well as several other programs and institutions that provide effective services locally and nationally, and that provided the information internationally. In the early years Siefkes served as adjunct Medical School Faculty and as an advisor to PHS.

In his award acceptance video, Siefkes said,

I have come to understand human sexuality at the very ground of our being and consciousness. This in turn provides nourishment for the spiritual dimensions of life and human relationships, and may even put us in touch with the mystery of the transcendent. Healthy and meaningful relationships are important for existence that is fully human. As the globe becomes ever more crowded and threatened... the importance of creating relationships that are symbiotic- not antibiotic; loving- not hostile; fear allaying -not fear producing; personally edifying and uplifting; becomes ever more urgent. All this in order to make this world a place in which it is easier to love and be loved.

Siefkes's work has been featured in numerous articles in the national press including the National Observer, The Advocate, and New York Times. He worked with ABC for two documentary TV shows on Christianity and Sexuality and Christianity and Homosexuality. Beginning in 1974 he served for seven years on the board of Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and on the Venereal Disease Committee of the Boy Scouts of America. He has authored articles and books on sexuality including Findings of the Action Research Project in Human Sexuality for Clergy and Helping Persons, which was distributed in the US and 12 other countries. His work has also been on behalf of Native Americans, including the American Indian Movement and Wounded Knee Trials; black Americans; traumatized veterans and Consultation on the Whole Person.

Siefkes shares the honor with notable winners such as: Elma Cole, former Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, Nadine Strossen and the American Civil Liberties Union, Phil Harvey for his philanthropic investment in supporting the sexual health of millions of people in the developing world, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Governor Arne Carlson and Senator Linda Runbeck of Minnesota for legislation supporting sexuality education.

Siefkes will also be honored at the PHS 40th anniversary celebration scheduled for October 1 -2, 2010 in Minneapolis. Please save the date and join us for the event.

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Bean's-award-BP.jpgBean Robinson, PhD, was honored with the Faculty Mentor Award presented by the PHS postdoctoral fellows at the Family Medicine and Community Health Commencement on June 9, 2010. Graduating fellow G Zachariah White, PsyD, presented the award. He said of Robinson, "Bean is extremely genuine and is emotionally available and supportive. She creates a culture of feedback and thereby treats postdocs as colleagues. Her personality is lovely, and she brings fun, enthusiastic, and sex-positive energy to her work! She is multiculturally aware, competent, and responsible. She is an experienced and committed supervisor. She is passionate about sex and relationship therapy!"

Robinson said,

I am all too aware that I am getting older and entering the later stages of my career. I guess I'm in the developmental stage that Erik Erikson would call "Middle Adulthood" with a focus on generativity (vs. self absorption or stagnation). Erikson says that the significant task of this stage is to perpetuate culture, care of others, and production of something that contributes to the betterment of society. Thus, I'm all too aware of the importance of replacing me and other sexuality professionals by training the next generation of sex therapists and researchers. We have a rigorous two year fellowship, and it is rewarding to see the fellows develop their skills. Each fellow we graduate helps to strengthen the field of sexual science, and I take great comfort in that.

Robinson has mentored postdoctoral fellows since 1991.  She received her BA in sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and her MA in counseling psychology and her PhD in family social science from the University of Minnesota. She received NIMH funding to complete a postdoctoral training in Asian-American mental health and research methods at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Robinson is currently a Minnesota licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and an associate professor at the PHS. Prior to coming to PHS in September, 1991, she was the senior researcher at the Wilder Research Center (1984-1991) and, concurrently, was the consulting psychologist for the White Bear Lake Area Community Counseling Center (1980-1991). She has served as the executive director of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) since 1996.

The focus of Robinson's professional activities has been in the psychology of human sexuality and sexual health, treatment outcome research/effectiveness, and obesity and body image. Her current area of emphasis within human sexuality is exploring and developing sexual health via HIV prevention in minority communities, most notably the African American, African-born, Hmong, men who have sex with men, bisexual, and transgender communities. She is a researcher-clinician who investigates healthy behavioral and psychological change and tries to develop new methods, techniques and programs to promote sexual and psychological health. Her current research project, titled "Opening Pandora's Box: Somali Women, Sexuality, and HIV/STD Prevention," will be the first to examine HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Somali women of all sexual orientations with the ultimate goal of meeting the critical need to reduce HIV and STD transmission among African-born Americans in Minnesota (and the US) as African-born Americans have the highest HIV/AIDS rates of any ethnic group.

Robinson has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed and other journals and books, has been the principal or co-investigator on research grants, and is on the editorial boards of 11 scientific journals. She has been a practicing clinician for her entire career. She is an active teacher, providing for the clinical training of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and medical students and residents, has developed HIV/STD prevention curricula, and has given numerous presentations at professional meetings.

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Bean Robinson, PhD, is named as SSSS Fellow

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Bean-Robinson-lecture-BP.jpgOn 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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Coleman-MPA-award-color-BP.jpgEli Coleman, PhD, was honored by the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) with the Diversity Leadership Award at their annual meeting in Minneapolis on April 25, 2009.

The award is recognition of outstanding organizational and professional leadership in promoting diversity in Minnesota psychology.  BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, PhD, presented the award to Coleman andsaid, "In the past, we would not have had the courage or insight to recognize the brilliant leadership and sacrifices that have been made for us in order to have a diverse experience of psychology.  But, today, I am honored to say that Dr. Eli Coleman, our nominee, has exhibited great leadership, courage, effort, and commitment in his efforts to change systems.  He has indeed broken down systemic barriers and has promoted diversity competence through practice, teaching, advocacy, and research.  It is on his shoulders that we all proudly stand."

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Anne McBean, MA, was honored with the first Faculty Mentor Award presented by the PHS postdoctoral fellows at the Family Medicine and Community Health Commencement on June 10, 2009.  McBean was unanimously selected as the inaugural honoree for her constant support and advocacy.  Graduating postdoctoral fellow, Katie Spencer, PhD, presented the award.  She said of McBean, "Not only does she provide excellent supervision and training in the Compulsive Sexual Behavior program, but she often makes herself available to post-docs for support, guidance, and mentorship in multiple areas of personal and professional growth. She is a strong voice for balance during the challenges of the intensive training of the fellowship. Her support, opinions, and sound clinical judgment are deeply appreciated by each of the fellows."  

McBean has provided clinical training and supervision for postdoctoral fellows since 1996.  She said, "I thoroughly enjoy working with the post docs and consider it one of the most rewarding parts of my work."  McBean is a graduate of Carleton College and received her MA in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1985.  She is a licensed psychologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, an instructor, and the coordinator of the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Treatment Program at PHS. Although she has been involved in all of the clinical programs at the Center for Sexual Health, her particular areas of expertise are the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior, sexual dysfunction, sex offender treatment, sexual abuse trauma, sexual orientation confusion/dysphoria, adolescent sexual concerns, parenting concerns around child sexuality issues, and couples concerns.  She assists in training medical students in addressing sexual concerns.  She is a certified Level II Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing practitioner. She has been involved in a variety of sexual health endeavors since her undergraduate years, and has had experience over the years in early childhood education, a variety of therapeutic services for adolescents, emergency and short term services for all ages, inpatient and outpatient therapy for compulsive sexual behavior, abuse recovery, the treatment of eating disorders, and various concerns regarding identity, dependency, and relationships. McBean has been instrumental in developing the compulsive sexual behavior treatment approach at the Center for Sexual Health and in training staff and post-doctorate fellows in this approach. She has presented trainings and workshops for both local and national audiences on the assessment and treatment of compulsive sexual behavior, compulsive sexual behavior in women, sexual issues for adolescents, and general sexuality counseling skills.

PHOTO:  left to right Scott Jacoby, Ashley Mercer, Anne McBean, Cesar Gonzalez, Alex Iantaffi - not pictured postdocs Katie Spencer & Zach White

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