November 17-20, 2016

(Thursday - Sunday)


Phoenix, Arizona (USA)

Sheraton Grand Phoenix Downtown Hotel








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Thursday, November 17th - PM








Laurie Betito, PhD

Pepper Schwartz, PhD

Marty Klein, PhD

Zhana Vrangalova, PhD



Sexual Science and the Media: Our Tenuous Relationship






















Zhana Vrangalova














Dr. Laurie Betito is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in sex therapy, and has been a practicing psychotherapist for the last 27 years. For the last 24 years she has been doing radio and television, dispensing sex and relationship advice.  She is a regular contributor to various magazines, newspapers and television shows. She is presently heard nightly in Montreal on CJAD 800---her show Passion has been on the air for over 16 years and has always been number one in its time slot. Dr. Laurie is also President of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec (formerly Planned Parenthood), and past president of the Canadian Sex Research Forum. Dr. Laurie is the author of The Sex Bible for People Over 50. 







Dr. Marty Klein has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist for 31 years. He has aimed his entire career toward a single set of goals: telling the truth about sexuality, helping people feel sexually adequate & powerful, and supporting the healthy sexual expression and exploration of women and men. Marty pursues his goal of a sexually enlightened world through therapy, lectures, writing, lobbying, media, and forensic (courtroom) work. Marty has authored over 100 articles in publications such as Parents, New Woman, and Playboy, as well as San Francisco Medicine, the California Therapist, and the Journal of Homosexuality. He is a former contributing editor to The New Physician, American Baby, and Modern Bride, and he is quoted every year in dozens of national publications and websites, such as The New Yorker and Huffington Post. Marty has written six books, which have been acclaimed by everyone from USA Today and The California Therapist to Penn & Teller and the Playboy Advisor. Published in eleven languages, his books have been excerpted in national magazines, and cited in the popular and professional press. A popular guest on the electronic media, Marty has been featured on radio in over 100 cities, and on national TV programs like 20/20 and Nightline. His blog is widely quoted, and his electronic newsletter, Sexual Intelligence, goes to 5,000 subscribers every month. Marty is that rare professional: truly expert in his subject, comfortable on live TV and in front of audiences, and extremely funny. His wit and expertise make him a frequently-quoted expert appearing in Newsweek, the New York Times, and even Ann Landers. A tireless speaker, Marty has given over 700 keynote speeches, training programs, and popular lectures to groups, and over 50 colleges across the country. Marty's accomplishments are also recognized abroad: he has trained professionals in two dozen countries, including China, Turkey, India, Israel, Morocco, Croatia, and Russia. Marty fights for the sexual rights of all Americans through his legal and courtroom work. He has been an expert witness, consultant, or invited plaintiff in many state and federal censorship, internet, and obscenity cases.  As a clinician, Marty works each week with couples and individuals who have a variety of sexual and non-sexual difficulties-over 30,000 sessions since 1980. He also provides consultations to other therapists, and supervises their cases. 







Dr. Pepper Schwartz is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Washington University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and Phi Beta Kappa and earned her M.Phil and Ph.D. from Yale University. She has received the honor of Distinguished Alumni from Washington University, and has been elected to the Graduate Council of Yale University several times. She is Past President of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and the Pacific Sociological Association. She has also served as the Chairperson for the San Francisco State University program on Human Sexuality and for the graduate Program on Sexualities for the Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is presently on the board of the Program of Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She has also been on the board of the Contemporary Council on the Family for a decade.  Dr. Schwartz is the author/co-author of 25 books, and the author/co-author of 50 plus scientific articles. She writes for both academia and for the public at large. She translates social science research to general audiences and received an award from the American Sociological Association for Public Understanding of Sociology. She has been awarded many honors, including awards for career excellence from SSSS, Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa, Mother's Voices, and the Washington Chapter of the International Women's Forum. Law and Politics Magazine named her one of the 25 most brilliant people in Washington State. She has been profiled in Time, the New York Times science column, the Wall Street Journal and other mass media outlets such as USA Today, and Newsweek. She co-wrote columns on sex and health for Glamour magazine for 8 years, and wrote a column on sexuality for American Baby for 9 years. Dr. Schwartz is presently the Love, Sex, and Relationship Ambassador for AARP, and writes a column for them. She serves on the Advisory Council of Trojan, she was been the chief relationship expert for perfectmatch.com for fifteen years, and is the author of their matching algorithm. She lectures around the world and for a variety of audiences; she has done speaking tours of Africa, Indi, Asia and Thailand and has keynoted more than 100 conferences.Dr. Schwartz works regularly in the popular media and is one of the three experts on the hit A and E television show Married at First Sight. She translates her own and others' work for the public, and in that capacity, has had many appearances on The Today Show, CBS morning news, GMA, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, and was on air for more than 18 years in Seattle Washington on KING-TV and KIRO-TV.  CNN.com has consistently commissioned or featured her Blogs, writing and/or her research. 







Dr. Zhana Vrangalova is a NYC-based sex researcher who studies casual sex, non-monogamy, and sexual orientation. She holds a PhD in developmental psychology from Cornell University, and currently teaches human sexuality-related courses as an adjunct professor at New York University. Her scholarly work has been published in a number of academic journals, including the Archives of Sexual BehaviorJournal of Sex ResearchSocial Psychology and Personality ScienceJournal of Youth and Adolescence, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. She blogs about the science of hookups and non-monogamous relationships for Psychology Todaytweets daily about new sex research, and runs the Casual Sex Project, a place for people to share their true hookup stories. In working to disseminate sexual science to broader audiences, she also writes about sexuality for popular media (for e.g., PlayboyAlternetNY Daily NewsTeen Vogue), gives radio, TV, and print media interviews on sex-related topics, and does daily sex education using the live video streaming platform, Periscope. She is currently working on a book about the science of healthy hookups.








Friday - November 18th - AM








Anthony Bogaert, PhD




Object of Desire Self-Consciousness Theory










Anthony (Tony) Bogaert is a Professor of Health Sciences and Psychology at Brock University in the Niagara region of Canada.  He has taught human sexuality courses at the university level for over 25 years.  He has published extensively on various aspects of human sexuality, including on the development of sexual orientation, pornography, the coming out experience in sexual minorities, gender differences in sexuality, and on asexuality.  He co-discovered the Fraternal Birth Order (FBO) effect in men’s sexual orientation.  He is credited with beginning the modern investigation of asexuality. He is the author of the recent book Understanding Asexuality.  He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence and the Distinguished Research and Creative Activity awards at Brock University.   








Friday - November 18th - PM








J. Mase III


How I Survived the Gay Rights Movement as a Trans Person of Color









J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet based in Seattle by way of NYC. A blogger for the Huffington Post he is author of "If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around" as well as "And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer's Reflections on Grief, Unemployment and Inappropriate Jokes About Death." As an educator, J Mase has worked with thousands of community members in the US, the UK and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults in spaces such as k-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities among others. He is the founder of the international performance tour Cupid Ain't @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine's Day Poetry Movement and of awQward, the first ever trans & queer people of color specific talent agency.








Saturday, November 19th - AM








Nicole Prause, PhD




"Sex Technology Horizons" 











Nicole Prause obtained her PhD at Indiana University, Bloomington with joint supervision from The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in 2007. Her concentrations were in neuroscience and statistics. She completed her APA/APPIC clinical internship at the Boston Consortium. Her clinical rotations were in neuropsychological assessment and behavioral medicine; her research fellowship was at Harvard University in alcoholism treatment with Timothy O'Farrell. She was promoted to Associate Scientist at UCLA in 2014. Current laboratory interests include primary rewards, transcranial brain stimulation, and approach motivation. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of California. Prause currently holds positions as the founder of Liberos LLC, an independent research institute, and Data Scientist in Los Angeles.








Saturday, November 19th - PM








David Malebranche, MD, MPH




"F****** with PrEP: How a Little Blue Pill is Changing the Landscape of Sexual Behavior and HIV Prevention"  











David J. Malebranche, MD, MPH, is a board certified Internal Medicine physician and expert in Men's and LGBT health, as well as the prevention and treatment of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). Dr. Malebranche is also an experienced qualitative HIV behavioral prevention researcher who has completed several studies on sexual health among Black men of diverse sexualities. Dr. Malebranche has published over 40 articles in medical and public health journals such as The Annals of Internal Medicine, The American Journal of Public Health, JAMA, Lancet, Health Affairs, Men and Masculinities, The Archives of Sexual Behavior and The Journal of the National Medical Association. He is known as a dynamic speaker worldwide and has appeared in documentaries on CNN, ABC News Primetime, TV One and Black Entertainment Television (BET) for his expertise on HIV in the Black community. Dr. Malebranche also served as a member of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) from 2006 - 2008, and as the HIV/AIDS clinical expert on WebMD from 2010 - 2012. He also appears in the video series #AsktheHIVDoc, which promotes education on sexual health topics for same gender loving men. In 2015, Dr. Malebranche published his first book, a memoir about his father entitled Standing on His Shoulders.








Sunday, November 20th - AM







Cynthia Graham, PhD, C. Psychol.




The Long and Winding Road: Redefining Sexual Problems in Women












Cynthia Graham is a Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health and a member of the Centre for Sexual Health Research at the University of Southampton. She is also currently a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and a Research Fellow at the Rural Center for AIDS/STI Prevention at Indiana University. Cynthia obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from McGill University and her M. App. Sci. in clinical psychology from the University of Glasgow. She is a chartered psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sex Research and a fellow of SSSS. She is past President of the International Academy of Sex Research and was a member of the DSM-5 Workgroup for Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. Her research interests are in the areas of sexual and reproductive health in women and she is a member of the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team. She has published over 135 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over 40 book chapters. She has published research in the areas of the behavioural effects of hormonal contraceptives; the relevance of sexual excitation and sexual inhibition to sexual health; sexual problems in women; condom use errors and problems.







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