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If you were not able to join us for the great lecture by Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, you can now watch the video online or download the audio.

As part of the John Money Lecture series hosted by PHS, Herbenick presented "First Blush: Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Experiences in America" at the University of Minnesota Medical School on September 13, 2013. Herbenick presented data from two nationally representative studies of sexual behavior in the United States - the 2009 and 2012 National Surveys of Sexual Health and Behavior, conducted by Herbenick and her colleagues at Indiana University. Together, the studies track the sexual experiences of about 10,000 Americans from ages 14 to 94.

Herbenick is co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, the sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, a widely read sex columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. She has authored more than 70 scientific publications on sexuality topics and is particularly focused on research related to sexual behavior in the US, female orgasm, and genital perceptions.

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PHS welcomes the newest additions to our team: postdoctoral fellows Philip Jai Johnson, PhD, Rebecca Stinson, PhD, Brenna Wernersbach, PhD

Phillip-Johnson-BP.jpgPhilip Jai Johnson, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow. He received his BA in Psychology and MA in Humanities from York University in Toronto, his MSc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. His previous research experiences include examining the effects of idealized media images on self-esteem and body image in men, as well as ways to improve ethnic attitudes in young children. More recently, with a team of international collaborators, Johnson is examining the impact of minority stress and coming out in relation to physiological stress reactivity and psychological well-being in gay men and lesbians. He has obtained clinical training in hospitals and private practice settings in the areas of LGBT mental health, sexual dysfunction, couples therapy, mood and anxiety disorders, adult ADD, binge eating disorder, and chronic stress. His clinical interests include gender and sexual identity concerns, compulsive sexual behavior, relationship intimacy issues, group psychotherapy, and body dissatisfaction/eating disorders.

Rebecca-Stinson-BP.jpgRebecca Stinson, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow. She received her MEd in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri - Columbia and PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa. Her clinical training has included experience in VA hospitals, medical centers, and counseling centers. She is trained in individual, group, couple, and family therapy. Stinson's doctoral research examined the psychological impact of treatment-related sexual side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications. Her clinical interests include sexual dysfunctions, gender and sexual identity development, relationship and sex therapy, LGBT sexual health, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, and compulsive sexual behavior.

Brenna-Wernersbach-BP.jpgBrenna Wernersbach, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow. She received her MS in Counseling Psychology and PhD in combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology at Utah State University, and completed internship at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her clinical training has included experience in community clinics, counseling centers, and inpatient settings. Wernersbach's doctoral research examined the impact of psychoeducational group targeting Healthy Sexuality among college students, addressing sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Her clinical interests include sexual health and functioning, gender and sexual identity development, education and advocacy, and intersections of professional psychology and social justice.

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The PHS faculty invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research on December 11, 2013, Alex Iantaffi, PhD, and Cynthia Benoit will present "It's not all about being Deaf: Deaf MSM and HIV testing barriers," and on January 8, 2014, Ira Reiss, PhD, will present "How to integrate values, power, and advocacy into sexual science." Join us from 12 - 1 PM at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454. To reserve your seat or to request notice of future presentations, please email phsresearch@umn.edu

Alex-Iantaffi-BP.jpgDecember 11, 2013
Alex Iantaffi, PhD
Assistant Professor

Cynthia-Benoit-BP.jpgCynthia Benoit
D-P@rk Project Coordinator

"It's not all about being Deaf: Deaf MSM and HIV testing barriers"

Deaf Men who have Sex with Men (DMSM) are a high-risk, underserved population experiencing chronic barriers to HIV testing and prevention. The principal challenge is that HIV research, testing, counseling, and services are provided in English, while DMSM communicate primarily through American Sign Language (ASL). Despite these disparities, no national assessment of HIV testing rates, behavior, prevention, and treatment needs has been conducted in the US. Data from Maryland, the only state to ask information about hearing status when screening for HIV, indicate that the prevalence of HIV in deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals is two to five times higher than for hearing people. Despite increased risk of HIV infection, Deaf people are systematically excluded from English-based HIV services available to the hearing population. This presentation will discuss findings from qualitative interviews carried out with DMSM, and key informants working with this population. These interviews are part of a current NIH-funded formative study focused on exploring how to use online technologies to address the chronic barriers experienced by DMSM.


Ira-Reiss-BP.jpgJanuary 8, 2014
Ira Reiss, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
Preeminent scientist in the field of human sexuality

"How to integrate values, power, and advocacy into sexual science"

There is widespread acceptance by American sexual scientists of the need to be aware of our values and control their potential biasing effect. Despite this belief there is a lack of consensus among sexual scientists concerning whether we should advocate for or against sexual policy issues that come before Congress and impact our field. Also, sexual scientists have conflicting views on just how much they should publicly reveal about their personal values concerning a sexual problem issue. Above all, the containment of bias requires confronting the interface of values, power and advocacy with the work we do in sexual science. I spell out my Value Aware approach as a pathway for dealing with these complexities of our sexual science field. I illustrate the tenets in that approach by discussing the way the current debate on public school sex education in America has been handled by sexual scientists, politicians, and others and the way one recent research study compared straight and gay families.

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Debby-Herbenick-BP.jpgWhat do young women and men do as part of their sexual experiences? How many are abstinent? How many engage in sex - and what types of sex? And, importantly, to what extent do they experience sexual pleasure as well as sexual difficulties in connection with their sexual experiences?

Join us for "First Blush: Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Experiences in America," by Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH. Herbenick will present data from two nationally representative studies of sexual behavior in the United States - the 2009 and 2012 National Surveys of Sexual Health and Behavior, conducted by Herbenick and her colleagues at Indiana University. Together, the studies track the sexual experiences of about 10,000 Americans from ages 14 to 94.

Herbenick is co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, the sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, a widely read sex columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. She has authored more than 70 scientific publications on sexuality topics and is particularly focused on research related to sexual behavior in the US, female orgasm, and genital perceptions.

"First Blush: Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Experiences in America"
Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH

Friday, September 13, 2013
12:10 - 1 PM, doors open at 12 PM
Moos Tower 2-620

Free and open to the public
Lunch will be provided while supplies last

Please reserve your seat at phs@umn.edu

The John Money Lecture in Pediatric Sexology is hosted by the Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Photo: Courtesy of Indiana University

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September faculty research presentation

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Jordan-Rullo-2-BP.jpgThe PHS faculty invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. Join us from 12 - 1 PM at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454. To reserve your seat or to request notice of future presentations, please email phsresearch@umn.edu

September 11, 2013
Jordan Rullo, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

"Sexual Health Consultation within a Multidisciplinary Health Care Team"

This presentation will outline the current recommendations for conducting a sexual health consultation within a multidisciplinary health care team. Utilizing a biopsychosocial framework, the initiation, assessment, intervention, and recommendation phases of a sexual health consultation will be discussed in the context of a patient with low sexual desire. Suggestions for brief assessment measures and treatment planning will also be provided.

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Bean-Robinson-BP.jpgThe faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. PHS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborators will present their work at our monthly faculty research presentations.

Join us: Noon-1 pm at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Reserve your seat today--email phsresearch@umn.edu

January 9, 2013
Bean Robinson, PhD

"Tech Tools for Sex Research: Audio Computer-Assisted Self Interviewing Technology/Methods (ACASI)"

Bean Robinson, PhD, will describe the costs, benefits, and limitations of audio-computer assisted self interviewing (ACASI) methods - which have been thought to be especially helpful for collecting truthful information on sensitive topics from respondents with literacy challenges.

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Michael-Miner-BP-7.jpgThe faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. PHS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborators will present their work at our monthly faculty research presentations.

Join us: Noon-1 pm at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Reserve your seat today--email phsresearch@umn.edu

August 8, 2012
Michael Miner, PhD
Professor and Coordinator of Forensic Assessments

"How SMART? Comparing Existing State Systems of Identifying High Risk Sex Offenders with the Adam Walsh Act Tiering System"

The Adam Walsh Child Protection Act mandated the standardization of sex offender registries and community notification procedures. One central component of this standardization was an offense based tiering system that was to determine how long an individual needed to register (10 years, 25 years, life) and how often they needed to report, in person, to law enforcement to update their registration information (annually, biannually, quarterly). Implicit in the tiering system is that the higher the tier level (1-3) the more dangerous the individual. This presentation will discuss this assumption and present data that compares the predictive validity of the proposed tiering system with existing systems in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Florida, and with a well-established and accepted actuarial risk prediction tool, STATIC-99R. The implications of these findings will be discussed from the perspective of public policy and the stated goal of the Adam Walsh Act.


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Transgender Youth Theatre Project

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Gender-play-BP.jpgPHS has joined Exposed Brick Theatre to create a new play Trans/formation: Addressing Gender Issues in School based on the stories, experiences, and perspectives of transgender and gender non-conforming youth.  Dianne Berg, PhD, and Katie Spencer, PhD, are working with playwrights Anton Jones, Suzy Messerole, Aamera Siddiqui, and a community advisory group to develop the production and educational materials.  The aims of the project are to validate transgender youth experiences through performance, to educate peers, parents, families, friends, and educators about the experiences of transgender youth, and to encourage dialogues around gender issues, advocacy, and ally support for adolescents.
"In working with trans youth, it is integral to reach them in the settings they are in daily, it is not enough to intervene in the therapy office, but you also have to reach out to the classroom, to families, and to the community," said Spencer.  "This is a big step for PHS to put funding behind a community educative initiative like this, and I can tell you, from the community work I have been doing, people are really responding to it and they see it as a positive thing!"

The play production will be premiered on May 4, 2012, at the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis.  The play will also be performed at a Twin Cities high school.  Ultimately the play script and educational materials will be available for high school groups to download and perform at their schools. 

Messerole said that one of the individuals interviewed for the play shared that during his junior year of high school the gay straight alliance at his school brought in a speaker who was transgender.  The student shared with Messerole that it was the first time he had ever seen another transgender person and it was a very powerful experience.  Messerole added, "We all need to know that we are not alone, we all need to know that there are others who have similar stories. One of the most powerful things about theatre is its ability to hold up a mirror and see one's self reflected on stage. It's very validating to see someone one stage who 'gets you' in a way that is complex and nuanced."

Exposed Brick has worked extensively with area schools, creating over 30 Stand In It with Me performances since 2006.  Stand In It With Me performances are custom created for each school, based on interviews with students and teachers.  The performances fuel dialogue on issues of racism, gender discrimination, sexual orientation, classism, immigration, and more.

PHS and Exposed Brick are grateful to Stacey Mills and Sam Heins for their donation that made this project possible.  We would also like to thank all of the people that helped to create this piece including the youth we interviewed, the advisory board whose thoughtful and creative feedback lifted the play to a whole new level, the youth who read the early drafts and whose honest feedback led us in the right direction.  The youth performers are outstanding and their commitment to the piece has been amazing.

Community Advisory Board Members
Claire Avitable, director, 20% Theater Company
Katie Burgess, director, Trans Youth Support Network
Andrea Jenkins, trans activist, performer, poet
Moe Lionel, performer, Naked Stages Performer
Anthony Neumann, performer, director, Naked Eye
Ethan Turcotte, arts administrator, Kulture Klub Collaborative

Trans/formation: Addressing Gender Issues in School
By Anton Jones, Suzy Messerole, and Aamera Siddiqui

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7 PM
Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Parking: Free parking is available in the Pillsbury House lot next to Full Cycle, just south of 35th on the east side of the street.  Free street parking is also available on 35th and all other surrounding neighborhood streets.

Free and open to the public.  To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Jenae Batt at jenae@umn.edu or 612-625-1331.

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Peter-Eckman-MD-BP.jpgThe faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. PHS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborators will present their work at our monthly faculty research presentations.

Join us: Noon-1 pm at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

Reserve your seat today--email phsresearch@umn.edu

April 11, 2012
Peter M. Eckman, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

"Sexual Function in Heart Failure Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Device"

Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are an important therapeutic option for patients with end-stage heart failure, and more than 600 have been implanted at the University of Minnesota since 1995. Unfortunately, little is known about the impact of these devices on the sexual health of recipients. We surveyed patients with LVADs at 7 centers around the United States to learn about their sexual health. Preliminary results suggest preserved desire coupled with impairments in arousal and orgasm. Multivariate analysis suggests that age and medical comorbidities are important factors in predicting impaired sexual health after LVAD.

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Feminist Perspectives on the Psychology of Same Sex Marriages
Thursday, April 19, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room 3-100 Mayo Memorial Building

Free and open to the public
Gender neutral restrooms will be available.

Lisa Diamond, Beverly Green, and Glenda Russell will discuss their research and clinical perspectives on marriage equality and the marriage amendment. All three speakers are nationally renowned researchers, authors, psychologists, and teachers. Their specialties are in GLBT concerns and they will speak about women's issues, sexual orientation, ethnic and cultural diversity, and feminism and marriage. Greene will focus on marriage equality as a wedge issue used to divide African Americans and LGBT people. Diamond will discuss areas of caution in the fight for marriage equality, specifically regarding the movement to position same sex couples as indistinguishable from heterosexual couples. Russell will discuss feminist views of marriage from the second wave in the 1970s to the present time. This event is being organized by the Minnesota Psychological Association, Minnesota Women in Psychology, GLBTA Programs Office, Program in Human Sexuality, and the Women's Center.

Beverly Greene, Ph.D., ABPP, St. John's University is Editor of "Education, Research, and Practice in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Psychology" and "Ethnic and Cultural Diversity among Lesbian and Gay Men." Lisa Diamond, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, University of Utah and author of "Sexual Fluidity." Glenda Russell, Ph.D. is a psychologist practicing at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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PHS celebrates 40 years

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happy-anniv-PHS-BP.jpgWhat began on June 2, 1970, with the first Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) in Minnesota quickly grew into a world-renowned center specializing in human sexuality. For 40 years, the Program in Human Sexuality has been a leader in the field of human sexuality through innovations in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy. We are proud to celebrate our 40 years of service and we look forward to new advances in sexual health.

PHS students, faculty, supporters, and SAR group faculty and small group leaders are invited to join us in Minneapolis, MN, on October 1 - 2, 2010, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of PHS. The formal program will begin with an event on Friday evening and continue through the day on Saturday. The weekend will include reminiscence from the early days, reports on current projects, an update of the PHS strategic vision, and a special recognition of Rev. Dr. James Siefkes. We encourage you to meet informally with friends and colleagues on Thursday evening, Friday day, and Saturday evening.

Save the date. More details will follow. Please respond with interest, questions, or contact information by email to phs@umn.edu

Help us to connect with people who should be invited. You can forward this information to a friend or send their name and email address to phs@umn.edu

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The faculty of the Program in Human Sexuality invite you to explore the latest in sexual health research. PHS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborators present their work at our monthly Faculty Research Presentations. Join us on the following days at 12-1 PM at PHS, 1300 South 2nd Street, Room 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454. To reserve your seat or to request notice of future presentations please email phsresearch@umn.edu.



You can now listen to past presentations on the PHS website.

Sharon-Lund.jpgJuly 14, 2010
Sharon Lund, PhD

"From Their Perspectives . . . East African-born Men Living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota"

The number of new HIV infections diagnosed among African-born persons in Minnesota has steadily increased since the mid-1990s. African-born persons make up less that 1% of the Minnesota population, yet they accounted for 11% of new HIV infections in 2009. Currently, there are 374 confirmed cases of African-born HIV seropositive males living in Minnesota. This presentation will describe how East African-born men in the Twin Cities metro area are living with HIV/AIDS through in-depth, face-to-face personal interviews with a sample of East African-born HIV seropositive men and others who interact and know this community. The purpose of this study is to understand the risk factors, sexual behaviors, and context of HIV transmission among East African-born HIV seropositive men living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area in order to design and tailor effective evidence-based HIV prevention intervention programs and services for this population.


Zach-White.jpgAugust 11, 2010
G. Zachariah White, PsyD

"Successful Resolution of Sexual-Religious Identity Conflict: A Qualitative Study of Processes and Outcomes"

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