This page provides information on and links to professional groups, particularly
those with an international and/or interdisciplinary focus, in areas related the study of sexuality including sex research, sex therapy, sex education, and sexual health.
Please send information for this page to: Information
Services, The Kinsey Institute, Morrison 302, Bloomington, IN 47405; Fax
812/855-8277. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See also the Scholarly
Societies Project of the University of Waterloo for information on
many other professional societies.
- Organizations Based in the United States
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- Internationally Based Organizations
Advocates for Youth
This organization provides information, education and training, and advocacy
on adolescent sexual health issues. Resources for sexuality educators include resource links, lesson plans and curricula guidelines, and training workshops. Contact:
Advocates for Youth, 2000 M Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202.419.3420. Fax: 202.419.1448. Email:
American Association for Marriage
and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
AAMFT information of interest to sexologists includes:
-- resource list including graduate programs, job postings, and tools for therapists in practice ;
-- Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy;
Contact info: 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Ph.
(703) 838-9808; Fax (703) 838-9805. Email: email@example.com
-- Marriage and Family
Therapist Referral Directory
American Association of Child and
The AACAP Web site includes the organization's policy statements, some
of which (i.e., adolescent pregnancy, HIV, sexual orientation) relate
to sexuality issues. Tables of contents and abstracts for the Association's
journal, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry also are available.
Contact: AACAP, 3615 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. Ph. 202/966-7300.
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
In addition to providing association information, the AACE Web site makes
available clinical guidelines:
American Association of Sex Educators,
Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
AASECT is an interdisciplinary organization that provides certification
for professionals. Its WWW site gives information about AASECT, certification
requirements, AASECT's Code of Ethics, and highlights from its newsletter,
Contemporary Sexuality. Contact: Executive Director: Stephen
Conley, Ph.D., AASECT, P.O. Box 1960, Ashland, VA 23005-1960. Ph. 804-752-0026, Fax 804-752-0056. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Board of Sexology
The board offers certification for professionals currently practicing
clinical sexology and also maintains an online registry of its Diplomates,
who are eligible to become Fellows of the American Academy of Clinical
Sexologists and to attend the Academy's annual clinical conference and
other post-graduate clinical training courses. Contact: W.B. Easterling,
Executive Director, 1929 18th St., NW, Ste. 1166, Washington, DC 20009.
American Professional Society on the
Abuse of Children (APSAC)
APSAC provides professional education and promotes interdisciplinary approaches
to the problem of child maltreatment. The society's journal, Child
Maltreatment is published by Sage. Contact info: 407 S. Dearborn, Ste. 1300, Chicago,
IL 60605. Ph. 312/554-0166; Fax 312/554-0919.
American Psychiatric Association
The Association has committees on HIV/AIDS, on family violence and sexual
abuse, and on gay, lesbian and bisexual issues. Professionals can go to
pages for research and clinical resources, as well access library services
American Psychological Association
The APA's WWW site is extensive. Three pages in particular offer information
specific to sexuality:
- APA's Public Affairs
Office maintains topic web pages on sexuality issues facing society, including
sexual harassment, memories of childhood abuse, and sexual orientation;
- the Public Interest Directorate
makes available APA policy statements, including statements on lesbian
and gay issues, AIDS, and sexual contact between therapists and clients; and
- APA's Office on Aging has recently updated its Aging and Human Sexuality Resource Guide which presents an annotated bibliography of journal articles, relevant books, and resources for older adults and their families on aging and sexuality.
Contact: APA, 750 1st St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.
Ph. 202/336-5500. Email: email@example.com
American Public Health Association.
Holds an annual conference and offers continuing education institutes
related to STD/AIDS prevention and intervention. It publishes the American
Journal of Public Health. Contact: APHA, 800 I St. NW, Washington,
DC 20001. Ph. 202/777-2742.
Association of Reproductive Health
ARHP, an interdisciplinary association composed of physicians, researchers,
educators, and other related professionals, sponsors an annual scientific
meeting, an annual clinical conference, and biennial conferences on the
perimenopause and adolescent reproductive health.
ARHP also serves as an advocacy group on reproductive health issues. See
its ARHP Policy Recommendations.
An outgrowth of ARHP is the National
Adolescent Reproductive Health Partnership, which focuses on adolescent
STDs and preganancy. Contact info: 1901 L Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036. Ph. 202/466-3825; Fax 202/466-3826. Email:
American Social Health Association
ASHA conducts research and provides information to the general public
on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The ASHA fellowship
program provides training in STDs for post-doctoral researchers. Contact:
ASHA, PO Box 13827, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
The Society provides services to patients and health professionals. Through
its Office of Government and Media Relations, ASRM seeks to inform the
public about infertility and assisted reproductive technologies. The Society
has a number of publications, including the monthly
and Sterility. Contact: 1209 Montgomery Hwy., Birmingham, AL
35216-2809. Ph. 205/978-5000; Fax 205/978-5005. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The medical specialty area of Andrology studies the male reproductive
system, including the biology of erection and impotence treatment. Included
on the society's website is the the Andrology Handbook,
and links to related sites dealing with reproduction
American Sociological Association
The ASA has a Section on Sociology of Sex and Gender and a Section on
Sociology of Sexualities. Both offer programming at annual
meetings. The website also provides information on funding opportunities,
and research support, and also an annotated list of publically
available data resources. Many of the data sets are related to the
study of sexuality, gender, and reproduction, such as the General
Social Survey, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent
Health, and various CDC surveys. Contact info: 1722 "N" St. NW,
Washington, DC 20036. Ph. 202/833-3410; Fax 202/785-0146. Email: email@example.com
Association for the Treatment of Sexual
ATSA is an interdisciplinary, international organization whose aim is
to foster research and professional education related to sex offender
evaluation and treatment. ATSA publishes Sexual Abuse,
a quarterly research journal addressing clinical and theoretical aspects
of sexual abuse. It also sponsors graduate research awards. Contact
info: 10700 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Ste. 26, Beaverton, OR 97005-3035.
Ph. 503/643-1023; Fax 503/643-5084. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Advancement of Health
This group of 26 professional research societies works to increase the
priority of and resources devoted to health and behavioral research. The center provides the Health Behavior News Service, which provides updates on funding and policy and research article summaries.
Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA)
The Association's purpose is to provide a mechanism for professionals
from medicine, psychology, social sciences, and law to interact and communicate
with each other in the context of research and treatment of gender dysphoria,
including transsexualism. HBIGDA sponsors biennial meetings and produces
a newsletter. See also the current HBIGDA Standards of Care
for hormonal and surgical sex reassignment of gender dysphoric persons.
Contact info: 1300 S. 2nd St., Ste. 180, Minneapolis, MN 55454. Ph. 612/625-1500;
International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH). Organization centered around the study of women's sexual function and experience.
National Center on Addiction
and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
This "think/action" tank addresses issues of substance abuse and sexual
behavior, such as the relationship of alcohol and drug abuse to teen pregnancy,
the spread of STDs and HIV, date rape, domestic violence, child sexual
abuse, incest, family break-up, prostitution, sexual aggression and performance,
National Council on Family Relations
Certifies Family Life Educators and lists approved undergraduate and graduate
academic programs that meets its curriculum guidelines.
National Council on Sexual Addiction
and Compulsivity (NCSAC)
A private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public and professional
awareness and understanding of addictive/complsive sexual behavior and
its associated negative consequences. NCSAC provides access to education,
information and referral sources, encouraging wellness for all those we
serve. Contact info: P.O. Box 725544, Atlanta, GA 31139; Ph. (770) 541-9912,
National Family Planning and Reproductive
A nonprofit membership organization that advocates for voluntary family
planning and reproductive health care services. Contact: NPFRHA, 1627
K St. NW, 12th Flr., Washington, DC 20006. Ph. 202/293-3114.
National Sexuality Resource Center
The NSRC generates dialogues between researchers and community advocates
which strengthen informed responses to critical sexual and social issues.
By disseminating accurate information and evidence-based research on sexual
health, education, and rights, the NSRC promotes social justice and enhances
the quality of life within the United States. The NSRC is part of the
Human Sexuality Studies program at San Francisco State University.
Contact: 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
New View of Women's Sexual Problems (The Working Group
on A New View of Women's Sexual Problems)
North American Menopause Society
This multidisciplinary professional organization, although comprised primarily
of healthcare providers, includes researchers from other disciplines;
its objectives support scientific study of cultural and psychosocial aspects
of menopause. In addition to its annual conference, NAMS publishes the
research journal, Menopause,
and supports some research funding opportunities. It also has published
its first consensus
statement on estrogen/hormone replacement therapy. Contact info: NAMS,
PO Box 94527, Cleveland, OH 44101. Ph. 216/844-8748. Email: email@example.com.
Planned Parenthood Federation
of America (PPFA)
PPFA is a national family planning organization that also provides education,
training, and information on sexual and reproductive health issues. Educators
will be interested in its listing of recent sexuality education resources
(books, articles, and videos). In the U.S., phone 800/230-PLAN for locations
of Planned Parenthood affiliate centers. Contact: PPFA, 810 7th Ave.,
New York, NY 10019. Ph. 800/669-0156; 212/541-7800. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Planned Parenthood of Central and Southern Indiana also provides education
and training services through its Institute on Sexual Health and its Resource
Center. Contact PPCSI, 3209 N.
Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Ph. 317/926-4662 or 800/421-3731
Religious Institute on
Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing
The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing develops
and supports an expanding religious network of clergy, religious educators,
theologians, theological ethicists, and other religious leaders committed
to this vision of religion and sexuality. It builds the capacity of religious
institutions and clergy to offer sexuality education within the context
of their own faith traditions and to advocate for sexual rights; helps
congregations become sexually healthy faith communities; and educates
the public and policy makers about this vision of sexual morality, justice,
Contact: The Religious Institute, 304 Main Avenue, #335, Norwalk, CT 06851
Rural Center for AIDS/STD
Prevention (RCAP) at Indiana University.
RCAP is a joint project of Indiana University, Purdue University, and
Texas A&M University. The major focus of RCAP is the promotion of HIV/STD
prevention in rural America, with the goal of reducing HIV/STD incidence.
The Center publishes RAP Time, a newsletter highlighting research, and
organizes the National Network of Rural HIV/STD Prevention Specialists.
Contact email@example.com for more
Sexuality Information and Education
Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
SIECUS is a national, private, nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes
comprehensive sexuality education and HIV/AIDS prevention education in
the schools and advocates for sexual and reproductive rights. It also
has several international sexuality education initiatives. A variety of
publications are available from
SIECUS, including annotated bibliographies, fact sheets, and the SIECUS
Report. The library is open to the public. Contact: SIECUS, 130 W.
42nd St., Ste. 350, New York, NY 10036-7802. Ph. 212/819-9770; Fax 212/819-9776.
Social Science Research Council
Founded in 1923, the Social Science Research Council is an independent,
nongovernmental, not-for-profit, international association devoted to
the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences.
It administers the Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, which provides
dissertation and postdoctoral support for social and behavioral research
on sexuality conducted in the U.S. Contact: SSRC, 810 7th Ave., New York,
NY 10019. Ph. 212/377-2700; Fax 212/377-2727. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
SBN is a broadly based professional organization of scientists studying
the interaction between behavior and neuroendocrine function. Interests
include sexual differentiation, sexual development, and aging. The official
journal is Hormones and Behavior.
Society for Sex Therapy and Research
This multidisciplinary society is for professionals who are actively involved
in the treatment or clinical investigation of sexual disorders. It seeks
to facilitate communication among clinicians who treat problems of sexual
behavior, gender identity, sexual function, sexual abuse, and reproductive
life, as well as provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between those
primarily involved in research and those engaged in patient care. SSTAR
has an annual national meeting and regional meetings. Membership information
is available from: Kathleen A. Blindt Segraves, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychiatry,
Metro Health Medical Center, 2500 Metro Health Drive, Cleveland, OH 44109-1998.
Society for the Scientific Study
of Sexuality (SSSS)
SSSS is an interdisciplinary, international organization for sexuality
researchers, clinicians, educators, and other professionals in related
fields. The society's WWW site provides information on upcoming meetings,
training opportunities, and Society publications, including the quarterly
Science. A separate page gives information on memorial gifts to the
Foundation for the Scientific
Study of Sexuality. Contact info:SSSS PO Box 416, Allentown, PA 18105
phone:610-530-2483 fax:610-530-2485 Email:
Society for the Study
An interdisciplinary society focusing on problems in human and animal
reproduction as they related to medicine, basic biology, and agriculture
The Society for the Study of Social
SSSP is a interdisciplinary organization of social scientists and other
scholars, professionals working in applied research and policy areas,
and others interested in the causes and consequences of social problems.
It publishes the journal Social Problems. Contact: SSSP, U. of
Tennessee, 906 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996. Ph. 423/974-3620.
World Psychiatric Association.
The Association has formed a new scientific section on human sexuality.
Two symposia on sexuality will be held at the next WPA meeting in Hamburg,
Germany in 1999. Contact: WPA Secretariat, International Ctr. for Mental
Health, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, CUNY, Fifth Avenue & 100th St.,
Box 1093, New York, NY 10029. Ph. 212/241-6133. Email: email@example.com.
Africa Regional Sexuality Resource
The goal of the ARSRC is to promote more informed and affirming public
dialogue on human sexuality and to contribute to positive changes in the
emerging field of sexuality in Africa. Activities focus on four of the
most populous countries in Africa: Egypt (North Africa), Kenya (East Africa),
Nigeria (West Africa) and South Africa (Southern Africa). Contact: The
Director, Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre, 17 Lawal St, off
Oweh St, Jibowu. P.O.Box 803. Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. Email:
Asian Federation for Sexology
Publishes the new Asian Journal of Sexology. Secretariat: 11F,
171, Roosevelt Rd. Sec. 3, Taipei, Taiwan. Ph. (886)-2-2369-6752. Fax:
Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
ARCSHS has a multi-disciplinary team of staff with qualifications and
expertise in psychology, anthropology, sociology, public health, health
promotion, methodology, epidemiology, education, women's health, consumer
advocacy and health policy.The Centre is dedicated to the advancement
of knowledge and applied skills in sexual health research and education
locally, nationally and internationally.
British Association for Sexual
and Relationship Therapy
Formerly the British Association for Sexual and Marital Therapy. Site
has information about the journal, Sexual and Marital Therapy,
the annual bulletin, conferences, information sheets, and lists of therapists.
Canadian Sex Research
Founded in 1974, the Canadian Sex Research Forum focuses on encouraging
and disseminating information related to teaching, research and clinical
activities of Candian researchers and professionals involved in areas
relevant to human sexuality. Contact info: CSRF, Executive Director, The
Montreal General Hospital, Room B6-221, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, Quebec,
H3G 1A4, Canada. Ph: (514) 934-1934. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Sozialwissenchaftliche Sexualforschung (DGSS)
The German Society for Social Scientific Research, established in 1971,
is the German national non-profit interdisciplinary organization of professionals
working in various branches of non-medical sexology. It has published
its research results in a number of scholarly books, has organized international
conferences, and, since 1978, has maintained a counseling institute. Its
WWW site offers extensive information on human sexuality and an English-language
section. Contact info.: DGSS, Gerresheimer Str. 20, D-40211 Düsseldorf,
Germany. Ph.:(+49 211) 35-46-91. Fax: (+49 211) 36-07-77. Email: email@example.com
Federation of Sexology (EFS)
The EFS is an umbrella organization comprising 54 sexological member
organizations and institutions in 18 European countries. The EFS tries
to further communication and cooperation between its members through its
bilingual journal and regularly scheduled congresses. At the same time,
all other sexologists and the general public are welcome to use these
opportunities as well.
Contact Info: President: Prof. Dr. Robert Porto, Association Inter-Hospitalo,
Universitaire de Sexologie (AIHUS), 48 bd Rodocanach╠, 13008 Marseille,
France, Ph.:+33-4-91-76-4489, Fax:+33-4-91-77-0139, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Secretary General: Prof. Dr. E.J. Haeberle Robert, Koch-Institut, Archiv
fŞr Sexualwissenschaft, Hannoversche Strasse 27, 10115 Berlin, Germany,
Ph.:+49-30-4547-3665, Fax:+49-30-4547-3667, Email: HaeberleE@web.de
Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Sexología y Educación
Address: FLASSES, General Secretary, rua Traipu, 523 Perdizes, 01235-000,
Sao Paulo - SP, Brazil. Email: email@example.com
International Academy of Sex Research
A scientific society whose objectives are the promotion of high standards
of research and scholarship in the field of sexual behavior by fostering
communication and cooperation among scholars engaged in such research.
Contact: Dr. Ken Zucker, Clarke Institute, Child and Family Center, 250
College St., Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R8, Canada.
International Menopause Society
The Society promotes research on all aspects of the climacteric and aging
in men and women. Its journal is Maturitas. Contact: IMS, 116,
Av. de Broqueville, Bte 2, 1200 Brussels, Belgium. Ph. (02) 772 21 83.
Fax: (02) 762 42 95.
International Planned Parenthood
IPPF provides sexual and reproductive health and family planning services
in 150 countries, and publishes periodicals, reports, surveys, educational
materials, and position statements, such as its Charter
on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Researchers can check the
posted list of publications.
Contact info: Regent's College, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1
4NS, United Kingdom. Ph. +44 (0) 171-487-7900; Fax +44 (0) 171-487-7950.
Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada (PPFC)
PPFC's mission is to promote healthy sexuality throughout the human life
cycle, and to promote birth planning by assuring adequate education and
services for all Canadians. Contact info: 430-1 Nicholas St., Ottawa,
Ontario, K1N 7B7 Canada. Ph. 613/241-4474. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sex Information and Education Council
of Canada (SIECCAN)
SIECCAN conducts research on sexual health education, publishes the Canadian
Journal of Human Sexuality, and maintains an information service
for professionals whose work is related to sexual health. Contact: SIECCAN,
850 Coxwell Ave., Toronoto, Ontario, Canada M4C 5R1. Ph. 416/466-5304.
Sociedad Argentina de Sexualidad
Its web site is a source of information about sexology in Argentina and
other countries of Latin America. Contact: SASH, DARREGUEIRA 2485. P.B.
" B " Buenos Aires (1425). Argentina. Tel / Fax: (54-1) 773-4141 / 7391
/ 777-3459 Email: email@example.com
Sociedade Brasileira de Sexualidade Humana (SBRASH)
The Brazilian Society for Human Sexuality is a non-profit, interdisciplinary
organization founded in 1986. It sponsors national and regional events
and educational courses; and publishes the Revista Brasileira de
Sexualidade Humana, Boletim Informativo, and the Index
Brasileiro de Sexualidade. It is exploring issues of certification
for Brazilian sex educators and therapists. Contact information: Sociedade
Brasileira de Sexualidade Humana, Av. Bem-te-vi, 333-cj.81-Moema, CEP:04525-909-São
Paulo-SP-Brazil. Ph. 011-542-5830. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tavistock and Postman NHS Trust
The Tavistock Clinic and the Portman Clinic became an NHS Trust in 1994.
These are National Health Service outpatient clinics providing a range
of mental health services for psychological, emotional and personality
problems. Both clinics provide a range of services which include family
work, individual psychotherapy, for children or adults, group therapy
and couple therapy. The Tavistock Clinic leads the field in postgraduate
mental health training in Britain. Contact: Anton Obholzer, Chief Executive,
Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, 120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA, Email:
ASIA Research Centre
The Centre seeks to bring together psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists,
as well as medical and legal experts who share a desire to better understand
the phenomenon of transgender, as well as the circumstances in which transgenders
live, in Asia. Its website aims to promote and disseminate research and
understanding of, as well as contributing towards efforts to effect social
change in regard to, transgender in Asia.
Contact: Email Sam Winter at firstname.lastname@example.org
World Association for Sexology(WAS)
Founded in 1978, WAS exists to promote sexology worldwide; it has sponsored
12 international congresses. Member organizations come from 25 countries.
-- Listing of previous World Congresses of Sexology;
-- The American Foundation for Gender and Genital
Medicine and Science Book Award, which is presented at the biennial
meeting of the World Congress of Sexology.
Download the WAS newsletter, Nov. 2005 (pdf)
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