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Alex Iantaffi, PhD, joins faculty

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Alex-Iantaffi-2-BP.jpgResearcher, clinician, and educator Alex Iantaffi, PhD, joined the faculty at PHS on January 2, 2013.

Iantaffi is an assistant professor and a licensed marriage and family therapist, who originally trained in the United Kingdom as a systemic psychotherapist. Iantaffi has most recently worked on HIV research in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. In 2008 he came to the US from the UK to work on his postdoctoral fellowship at PHS, while serving as the project coordinator for the research project All Gender Health Online.

"We welcome Alex back to PHS. He is a great addition to our faculty, strengthening our research program and helping with clinical and teaching activities as well," said Eli Coleman, PhD, director.

Iantaffi is currently principal investigator for a study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, on Deaf Men who have Sex with Men (DMSM), HIV testing, prevention, and technology titled "D-P@RK." This study aims to overcome health disparities to HIV testing for DMSM through the development of Internet-based screening and prevention tools. The long-term objective of this line of research is to improve HIV screening, prevention, treatment, and access for Deaf people, by developing innovative, culturally and linguistically accessible Internet-based methods and interventions. The project has begun recruiting DMSM and individuals who have experience working with DMSM around issues of sexual health and/or HIV prevention, testing, and treatment.

Iantaffi has been the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy since June 2007, receiving its first impact factor in 2011. His therapeutic work is currently focused on transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and their families; sexuality, and relationships. Iantaffi has conducted research, and published on gender, disability, sexuality, deafness, education, sexual health, HIV prevention, and transgender issues. His scholarly work has been increasingly focused on issues of intersectionality and sexual health disparities. Iantaffi serves on the Transgender Commission leadership team as a past co-chair, as well as vice-chair on the Board of Directors at PFund, host for the GLBT Host Home Program, and core organizer for the newly formed Minnesota LGBTQ Health Collaborative.

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Rosemary-Munns-BP.jpgRosemary Munns, PsyD, assistant professor, is the new coordinator of Sexual Offender Treatment at PHS.

Munns will bring her extensive skills in corrections, psychology, and sexual offender treatment to the role of coordinator. For more than a decade Munns has worked with sexual offenders in individual and group therapy through all stages of their treatment from assessment through after care. For many years, she has also worked with a therapy group for their partners. "Rose has extensive experience in this area and we are fortunate to have her take a leadership role in this treatment program," said Eli Coleman, PhD, director.

Munns is leading an effort to coordinate the types of data that is collected by sexual offender treatment providers throughout Minnesota. Munns said, "The first step in getting an accurate understanding sexual offender treatment in Minnesota and a clear picture of treatment effectiveness is for programs to collect the same types of data on their clients." Munns is proposing quarterly meetings with key constituents to develop this project.

PHS offers a Sexual Health Systems Model approach to sexual offender treatment that Munns believes works well for clients and their families. Munns does intend to make some changes in the training of postdoctoral fellows in sexual offender treatment. She would like to offer fellows a glimpse into other treatment environments including prison and civil commitment locations.

Beyond her work with sexual offenders, Munns 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 areas of interest are sexual dysfunctions, relationship and sex therapy, transgender issues, abuse recovery, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and HIV counseling. Munns received her PsyD from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and was a postdoctoral fellow at PHS.

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SWISH-report-BP.jpgHIV infection among Somalis is increasing in Minnesota. Many Somalis living in Minnesota do not know they are infected and are not getting the medical treatment they need.

In 2009 the University of Minnesota and Midwest Community Development, Inc. launched a project to explore HIV risk and sexual behaviors in Somali women titled "Somali Women's Initiative for Sexual Health (SWISH)." On April 13, 2013, researchers shared their study results with the community.

This study is the first to examine HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Somali women 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. Participants were recruited through personal contacts as well as from Somali gathering places. Researchers interviewed 30 Somali women aged 18-40 from the Twin Cities area. Interviews were conducted in English (8) or Somali (22) by the project's bilingual Somali staff.

Key findings of the study include:

•    HIV testing was done at high rates, primarily due to immigration requirements. It is unknown how that may differ for those who were born in US.

•    Condoms are used, primarily for pregnancy prevention rather than disease prevention.  This may be due to a perceived low risk for disease.

•    Despite frequent mentions of prohibitions of many sexual behaviors, women also reported an encouragement within their religious tradition towards sexual pleasure within marriage.

•    Women often spoke of a culture of privacy in which discussions of sexuality are saved for one's spouse.

•    Vaginal intercourse seen as the only permissible form of sexual expression between spouses.

•    The more severe circumcision correlated with reported vaginal pain with intercourse.

•    This population reports a higher rate of pain with vaginal intercourse than the average US population (40% vs. 13%).

•    Generally, women had negative attitudes towards circumcision and would not choose to circumcise their daughters, despite high rates of personal circumcision.

The principal investigator of SWISH, Bean Robinson, PhD, said, "For this project, it was essential that we had strong, engaged community partners. Due to language barriers, we were challenged to develop interview questions that made sense and really got to the heart of what we were asking. For example, there is no Somali word for female or male 'orgasm' and our attempt at a description of an orgasm ended up being 59 words long and few participants understood what we were asking. We were not able to use that data."

The community presentation event was part of the Community Dialogue Series co-hosted by the University of Minnesota's Program in Health Disparities Research and the Center for Health Equity. The research project was funded by the Program in Health Disparities Research, the University's IDEA Multicultural Research Award, and the UCare Fund. The information gathered during this pilot study will be used to secure a larger grant to further study the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to HIV/STD transmission and prevention within the Somali community. Ultimately the group will translate this knowledge to develop interventions for Somali women.

The research team included Bean Robinson, PhD, principal-investigator; Amira Ahmed, BA, co-investigator, founder and executive director at Midwest Community Development Inc.; Jennifer Connor, PhD, co-investigator, St. Cloud State University; Shanda Hunt, BA, project coordinator; Fatah Ahmed, BA, interviewer and recruiter; Amanda Ciesinski, MS, volunteer, Megan Finsaas, BA, volunteer; Fatima Noor, volunteer translator, and Professional Interpreting Inc.. The project's Community Advisory Board assisted and advised the research team in study development, recruitment, and data analysis and interpretation.

Community report in English

Community report in Somali

If you would like printed copies of the community report, please contact phsresearch@umn.edu

Photo: Bean Robinson, PhD, presenting; seated left to right: Amira Ahmed, BA; Shanda Hunt, MPH; Amanda Ciesinski, MS; Megan Finsaas, BA; Jennifer Connor, PhD


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Letter from the Chair in Sexual Health

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MSM-global-forum-crop-BP.jpgI am writing this letter from the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. It has been 22 years since the International AIDS conference was held in the United States (mainly due to the unwillingness on the part of the United States to grant visas for HIV-infected individuals- only recently lifted).

Here 25,000 scientists, policy makers, health and education ministry officials, advocates, and activists from around the world are gathered with a renewed determination to stem the tide of this epidemic. Medical advances, improved access to care, prevention initiatives, and our nation's revived determination are all good signs, but as a culture we will need to shift our perspective to stop the spread of HIV.

Recent news of pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis treatment has been encouraging. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent the spread of HIV to high-risk, healthy individuals. Other similar preparations are under investigation and HIV therapeutic drugs are being developed for prophylactic use. These drugs are very costly and require individuals to adhere to rigid compliance in order to be effective.

Also, last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced nearly $80 million in grants to increase access to HIV/AIDS care across the United States. The funding will ensure that low-income people living with HIV/AIDS continue to have access to life-saving health care and medications. This effort stemmed from President Obama's determination to create an AIDS-free generation.

In addition, there is reduced stigma for HIV infected individuals. The CDC just launched "Let's Stop HIV Together" a new campaign that is part of the 5-year initiative started in 2009 to reduce stigma around HIV and advocate for more access to testing and treatment "Act Against AIDS."

The United States, through its National AIDS Strategy, has outlined a "prevention" strategy through early detection and early treatment, focusing on vulnerable populations.

These new strategies are overdue. In the United States, we continue to experience 50,000 new infections a year. And, there are serious health disparities. People of color, youth, and sexual minorities are much more likely to become infected than other groups.

Over the last 30 years, where have we failed? We know that HIV is still mostly spread by sexual behavior. Yet, the disease is rather easily preventable through the use of condoms. Condoms are reasonably inexpensive, potentially readily available, easy to use, and highly effective in preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (and unintended pregnancy). What a bargain! So, why are they not used more?

Behavioral HIV prevention strategies and interventions have tried to get people to reduce risky sexual behavior and promote condom use. While reasonably effective, there needs to be continuous implementation of these interventions, and they are costly. Investment in prevention strategies has always been difficult. With the recently adopted National Prevention Strategy, National AIDS Strategy, and the Affordable Care Act, there is new hope that these investments will be made.

But a fundamental problem remains. We remain a sexually dysfunctional culture. We live in a culture that is still uncomfortable talking about sex and sexuality in a mature and honest fashion. We continue to debate and hold back on providing comprehensive sexuality education. It is very clear that what distinguishes the United States from other developed countries in sexual health indicators is the existence of (or lack thereof) early and sustained comprehensive sexuality education. When kids are educated early they grow up to be more comfortable with talking about sexuality, more likely to be sexually responsible, and have lower rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. They contribute to a cultural climate that is sexually healthy. That climate then insists on comprehensive sexuality education and thereby creates a cycle of healthiness. In the United States, we are still caught up in a negative and unhealthy vicious cycle. The goal of the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education is to reverse this negative cycle.

Both Walter Bockting and I, along with over 600 delegates from around the world attended the "Global Forum on Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and HIV" as part of the International AIDS Conference. While 60% of new infections around the world are found in gay and bisexual men, only 2% of the global prevention budget is directed at this group. Also, transgender individuals are an overlooked population at major risk for HIV, due in large part to continued stigma and discrimination. This disparity in funding efforts represents the institutionalized stigmatization, heterosexism, and homophobia that exist in our cultures as well as in our public health systems. If we do not attend to this population as well as other marginalized populations such as sex workers and drug users, we will fail in our efforts to stop the spread of infections.

Walter Bockting and I also attended two important meetings pertaining to transgender health and HIV. The first was called "The Great TRANSformation: Towards a Holistic Approach for Healthier and Happier Trans Communities in Latin America and the Caribbean." Walter Bockting talked about "Avenues for Action for the Provision of Care and the Promotion of Well-Being." This symposium represented some of our ongoing work with the Pan American Health Organization in developing and finalizing a "Blueprint for the Provision of Prevention and Care for Transgender Individuals through Latin American and the Caribbean." We also participated in a second special session on "Addressing Stigma in Transgender & Other HIV-Vulnerable Communities" sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, and the Pan American Health Organization.
 
As the current Chair in Sexual Health, I was happy to participate in this conference and push a sexual health agenda in HIV prevention. I was very pleased that the Program in Human Sexuality was a co-sponsor along with the Pan American Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a satellite session on "Addressing Sexual Health and Evidence-based Sexual Health Education: Evolving Opportunities." I spoke on "Towards a Broader Vision of Sexual Health in the New Millennium." I emphasized the need for a broad sexual health approach to stem the tide of the HIV epidemic, which emphasizes a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual expression throughout the lifespan and that acknowledges sexuality as a basic and fundamental aspect of our humanness and that the pursuit of sexual pleasure is natural and desirable. A broad sexual health approach combats sexual coercion, shame, discrimination, and violence. But a sexual health approach must go beyond venereology and, on an individual level, promote positive sexual identity and esteem, honest communication and trust between partners, the possibility of having pleasurable, fulfilling and satisfying sexual experiences, taking responsibility of the consequences of one's sexual choices and their impact on others, and optimizing reproductive capacity and choice. At the community level, it is achieved through access to developmentally appropriate, comprehensive and scientifically accurate sexuality education, clinical and preventative sexual health services, and respect for individual differences and diversity and a lack of societal prejudice, stigma, and discrimination.

The Chair in Sexual Health will continue to work with our faculty at PHS and with partners around the world to promote a sexually healthier culture - not only to address the sexual problems in the world -- but to advance the opportunity for everyone to lead sexually healthier lives which are pleasurable and satisfying.

Eli Coleman, PhD
Professor and Director
Academic Chair in Sexual Health

PHOTO: Omar Banos (Impacto at AIDS Project Los Angeles), Rafael Mazin (Pan American Health Organization), and Eli Coleman

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"Trans/formation" premiere a success

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Transformation-BP.jpgPHS joined Exposed Brick Theatre to create the new play based on the stories, experiences, and perspectives of transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Nearly 180 people attended the premiere performance of Trans/formation: Addressing Gender Issues in School at the Pillsbury House Theatre. After the production, the audience enjoyed a lively discussion with the cast, writers, and director about the themes of the play and their experience working on the project.

The aims of the project are to validate transgender and gender non-conforming youth experiences through performance, to educate peers, parents, families, friends, and educators about the experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and to encourage dialogues around gender issues, advocacy, and ally support for adolescents.

The performance on May 4, 2012, was the first step in a larger process. The next steps will be for the playwrights Anton Jones, Suzy Messerole, and Aamera Siddiqui to make final edits to the script and for PHS psychologists Katie Spencer, PhD, and Dianne Berg, PhD, to finalize the educational materials on the themes of the play. The play script and educational materials will then be made available for high school groups to download and perform at their schools, amplifying the impact of this project.

PHS and Exposed Brick would like to thank 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.

PHOTO: credit David Hannigan

 

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Momentum against reparative therapy

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Spitzer-BP.jpgIn recent months public momentum has been building against reparative therapy for individuals who are gay, lesbian, and bisexual. For more two decades organizations and associations that work with mental health professionals have been advising that sexual orientation change efforts are not likely to work and that these efforts may be harmful to patients.

Recently several incidents have brought this issue into the headlines. First, two leaders of organizations that have promoted reparative therapy have publically stated that sexual orientation change does not work, and they have apologized for the harm that their work may have caused to individuals: John Smid, former director of Love in Action,* October 2011 on Hardball with Chris Matthews and Alan Chambers, director of Exodus International, January 2012 at the Gay Christian Network conference. Since then Exodus International has shifted its stance on reparative therapy. In a blog post dated June 19, 2012, Chambers states that Exodus International is "no longer an organization that associates with or promotes therapeutic practices that focus on changing one's attraction." The organization states that they will now focus on helping individuals to reconcile their faith and same-sex attractions by not acting on those attractions.

In May 2012, the Archives of Sexual Behavior published a letter to the editor from Robert Spitzer, MD, retracting his study about the effectiveness of reparative therapy published by the journal in 2003.** In his letter Spitzer concluded, "I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy. I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some 'highly motivated' individuals." Since 2003 Spitzer's study has been held up by organizations and even international governments as scientific proof that sexual orientation change is possible. Ironically, in 1973 Spitzer lead the efforts to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Gabriel Arana, a writer for The American Prospect broke this story in April 2012 in his article "My So-Called Ex-Gay Life."

Currently the California Legislature is considering a bill that would make reparative therapy for individuals under the age of 18 illegal and require adults seeking conversion therapy to sign informed consent forms indicating that they understand the potential dangers, including depression and suicide, and that reparative therapy has no medical basis. The bill SB 1172 passed the House on May 30, 2012, and is now under active consideration in the Assembly. The bill states that

• Under no circumstances shall a mental health provider engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a patient under 18 years of age.

• Any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a patient under 18 years of age by a mental health provider shall be considered unprofessional conduct and shall subject a mental health provider to discipline by the licensing entity for that mental health provider.

The bill's author Senator Ted Lieu said, "Under the guise of a California license, some therapists are taking advantage of vulnerable people by pushing dangerous sexual orientation-change efforts. These bogus efforts have led in some cases to patients later committing suicide, as well as severe mental and physical anguish. This is junk science and it must stop." Lieu went on to say, "Being lesbian or gay is not a disease or mental disorder for the same reason that being a heterosexual is not a disease or a mental disorder. The medical community is unanimous in stating that homosexuality is not a medical condition."

On May 17, 2012, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the Pan American Health Organization released a statement outlining the dangers or reparative therapy, psychopathologization, and homophobia. The statement concludes, "A therapist who classifies non-heterosexual patients as 'deviant' not only offends them but also contributes to the aggravation of their problems. 'Reparative' or 'conversion therapies' have no medical indication and represent a severe threat to the health and human rights of the affected persons. They constitute unjustifiable practices that should be denounced and subject to adequate sanctions and penalties." The document makes recommendations of how homophobia and ill-treatment can be overcome through the efforts of governments, academic institutions, professional associations, media, and civil society organizations.

In 2009 the American Psychological Association issued a report based on two years of work that stated that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical health risks to gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual patients and advised patients to avoid such treatments (see PHS Newsletter articles "APA warns against telling clients their sexual orientation can be changed," and Eli Coleman's "Letter from the Chair in Sexual Health September 2009").

*As of March 15, 2012, the organization Love in Action changed its name to Restoration Path.

**Spitzer, R. (2012). Spitzer Reassesses His 2003 Study of Reparative Therapy of Homosexuality. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41 (4), 757. doi: 10.1007/s10508-012-9966-y

PHOTO:  Robert Spitzer, MD, Courtesy of Truth Wins Out, from Spitzer's video apology

 

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AIDS2012-BP.jpgThe international AIDS conference has returned to the US for the first time since 1990. More than 25,000 scientists, practitioners, government officials, activists, and individuals living with HIV from around the world will gather in Washington, DC, on July 22 - 27, 2012. The theme this year is "Turning the Tide Together."

Eli Coleman, PhD, and Walter Bockting, PhD, will both be presenting at the conference this year. The conference objective is to bring together leaders that can directly impact the future of HIV in the United States and around the world, "By acting decisively on recent scientific advances in HIV treatment and biomedical prevention, the momentum for a cure, and the continuing evidence of the ability to scale-up key interventions in the most-needed settings, we now have the potential to end the HIV epidemic."

If you are not attending the conference, you can view videos online featuring conference highlights and interviews with key speakers and delegates on the conference YouTube channel

The selection of Washington DC is significant because HIV rates in the district have reached epidemic levels and in 2009 President Barack Obama overturned the US entry and immigration ban for individuals living with HIV. The US had been ruled out as a possible venue for the international AIDS conference because of the ban.

In addition to the conference, the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in Washington DC across 50 locations. Today the quilt has 48,000 panels and takes up 1.3 million square feet, in DC 35,200 panels will be on display, 8,800 different panels each day.

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Together-BP.jpg"Let's Stop HIV Together" is a new initiative launched by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 16, 2012. The campaign is a new phase of Act Against AIDS effort launched in 2009 to fight the complacency about HIV/AIDS in the United States and to reduce the risk of infection for the hardest-hit populations. The new campaign shares personal stories of individuals who are living with HIV and asks you to and your community to "Get the facts. Get tested. Get involved."

Based on 2009 statistics, the CDC estimates that in the United States each year 50,000 individuals become infected with HIV. At the end of 2008, an estimated 1,178,350 persons aged 13 and older were living with HIV infection in the United States. Of those, it is estimated that 20% had undiagnosed HIV infections.

If you are interested in promoting "Let's Stop HIV Together" or contributing your story to the campaign visit their website.

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New sexuality and aging research

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older-couple-BP.jpgPHS researchers will soon begin working on sexuality, mindfulness, and the body in "women of a certain age."

There is a paucity of research designed to explore the impact of mindfulness and body oriented approaches to the treatment of sexual concerns in older individuals. The goal of this new pilot project is to gather baseline qualitative and quantitative data on women's sexual functioning, sexual satisfaction, mindfulness skills, interest in mindfulness, and general quality of life. The project will include a literature review, focus groups, and an online- survey of women over the age of 50. Researchers Sara Mize, PhD, and Alex Iantaffi, PhD, (Epidemiology) will begin their work in August.

Mize said, "We believe that this formative data could provide the foundation for larger grants to further develop this important area of study, in particular, constructing mindfulness and body-based interventions for individuals and couples with sexual issues or for those without sexual issues who desire to enhance and deepen their sexual lives."

Through a strategic visioning process faculty identified a research priority in the area of sexuality and aging. We are grateful to the donors who also identified this as an area of interest and made this pilot project possibly through their gifts.

Pilot projects are the first step for faculty to secure University support for new clinical and educational programs or acquire larger research grants.

 

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Congratulations fellowship graduates

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Grad-2012-BP.jpgThe Program in Human Sexuality graduated two postdoctoral fellows at the Family Medicine and Community Health commencement this spring. On June 7, 2012, Brad Nederostek, PsyD, and Aimee Tubbs, PsyD, were recognized for completing two years of intensive clinical and research training at PHS.

Nederostek will be completing his fellowship at the end of August and has plans on integrating his knowledge in the areas acceptance-based therapeutic models and human sexuality within the Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VA). He hopes on pursuing these endeavors within the VA System.

Tubbs completed her fellowship at the end of May. She has been enjoying some time off while pursuing a full-time clinical psychologist position. Clinical interests include continuing emphasis on sexual health issues, with a specific interest in addressing compulsive sexual behavior.

PHOTO: credit Libby Frost

 

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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 

 

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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.

 

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