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Thank you to all who joined us during the 2021 Annual Conference from November 18-21! Pre-Recorded Poster Presentations are available for viewing now! Recorded Live-Streamed Sessions will be available by December 3rd (5 Plenaries & 4 Concurrent Sessions).

Revisit us on December 3rd if you missed the conference and are interested in joining us virtually!
(Recorded Live-Streamed Sessions: 5 Plenaries & 4 Concurrent Sessions / Pre-recorded Poster Presentations)


Contact SSSS at or 610-443-3100 (Regular EST Business Hours)

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Laura Widman, PhD

Dr. Laura Widman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Professor of Psychology, and the Area Coordinator for the Applied Social and Community Psychology PhD program at North Carolina State University. She completed her PhD from the University of Tennessee and a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/STD prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Widman’s research is focused on adolescent sexual communication and the use of technology-based interventions to improve sexual health among vulnerable populations. She also has an affinity for meta-analyses and has published several highly cited meta-analyses to review the literature on adolescent sexual communication and sexual health interventions for youth and parents. Dr. Widman serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sex Research and the Archives of Sexual Behavior. She is also a co-author on the undergraduate human sexuality textbook, Our Sexuality

Eric Schrimshaw, PhD

Dr. Eric W. Schrimshaw is Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine which he joined in July 2019. Before joining UCF, he spent 22 years at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences. With a PhD in social/personality psychology, Dr. Schrimshaw’s research is focused on LGBT health disparities and HIV prevention and treatment. His past research includes studies of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents, HIV-positive women and older adults, behaviorally-bisexual men, use of pornography by gay and bisexual men, and use of hook-up apps by gay and bisexual men. Dr. Schrimshaw’s research makes extensive use of longitudinal designs and a mixed-methods approach that features both online surveys as well as in-depth qualitative interviewing to understand health behaviors. His research makes frequent use of social media marketing campaigns for participant recruitment, data collection, and retention. He currently serves as PI on three current NIH R01 studies funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities including studies of sexual scripts among gay and bisexual youth (with Dr. Ellen Benoit), male sex workers who meet partners on hook-up apps (with Dr. Karolynn Siegel), and protective factors for suicide among young lesbian and bisexual women (with Dr. Lindsay Taliaferro). 

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Land Acknowledgement
Land Acknowledgement



The 2021 SSSS Annual Conference will be held in Borikén, land of the Taíno people

(present-day San Juan, Puerto Rico)



After laying the foundation for the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Christopher Columbus returned to the Caribbean in February 1495, taking 1,600 Taíno people by force from Borikén to be enslaved and offering “as many as they shall order” to Ferdinand and Isabella. (Copyright: UCTP Taíno News)

Figure 1: Source:

In 1508, when Juan Ponce de León heard of the gold and other resources of the island, he created the first European settlement in Puerto Rico (Caparra), not far from the modern city of San Juan. The Taíno Chief, Agüeybaná, openly greeted Ponce de León. However, conflicts soon arose as the settlers began tyrannizing the Taíno. Within a year, Ponce de León had oppressed most of the native population and gained control over most of the island. Caparra was eventually abandoned, and the settlement relocated to a coastal islet called Puerto Rico, or “Rich Port”. After a Taíno uprising in 1511, a second settlement, San Germán, was founded on the southwestern part of the island.

In the 1520s, the island took the name of Puerto Rico, and the port became San Juan. Also in 1520, a royal decree that collectively emancipated the remaining Taíno population. Ironically, by this time, the Taíno population was dwindling. Governor Manuel de Lando’s census in 1530 reports the existence of only 1,148 Taíno in Puerto Rico. However, oppressive conditions for the surviving Taíno continued, leading Carlos I (Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain) to decree that the natives be as free as any Spaniard. In reality, the declaration of equality did not end the colonial social class system. (Source:



Many histories report that the Taíno have completely vanished after the genocide. However, in 2003, Juan Martínez Cruzado, a geneticist at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, found that at least 61% of Puerto Ricans possess remnants of Taíno DNA. Despite colonization, oppression, and violence, the Taíno have not vanished and are worth celebrating. This will always be their land and we must protect and honor its history. (Source:



While land acknowledgment is a small part of supporting Indigenous peoples, SSSS hopes this statement will inspire others show solidarity with native communities.

If you are able, please donate to:


If you are not able to donate, please amplify the voices of Indigenous people leading movements of change.



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Continuing Education Registration - View Workshops!
Continuing Education Registration - View Workshops!

AASECT: This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 17.5 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information, please contact Provider # 11-115-E

APA: The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NCHEC – CHES®/MCHES®: Sponsored by The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 10.5 hours Category 1 contact education contact hours. Organization ID #100963 Event ID #PM100963_11182021 

Click Here for all Continuing Education Information!

Registration for CE is closed.

Live-streamed recorded sessions will be available by December 3, but for viewing purposes only. A participant was able to earn CE credit hours during the live sessions only (in-person and virtually).

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Plenary Speakers
Plenary Speakers

We are excited to announce the 2021 Plenary Speakers!

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Award & Grant Recipients
Award & Grant Recipients

For more information on the Award & Grant Recipients:

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Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award

Margaret Rosario, PhD

PLENARY SPEAKER | Friday, November 19th at 3:30pm


Social Justice / Public Policy Award

Victoria Minerva Rodríguez-Roldán, JD

PLENARY SPEAKER | Sunday, November 21st at 9:00am


Fellow of The Society

Robin Milhausen, PhD



Outstanding Theoretical Paper Award

Sexuality Through the Lens of Secure Base Dynamics: Individual Differences in Sexploration

Dylan Selterman, PhD; Amanda N. Gesselman, PhD; Amy C. Moors, PhD



Distinguished Service to SSSS Award

Janet Shibley Hyde, PhD


Hugo G. Beigel Award

Is the Link between Pornography Use and Relational Happiness Really More about Masturbation? Results from Two National Surveys

Samuel Perry, PhD


Lester A. Kirkendall Outstanding Mentor Award

Amy Moors, PhD


Student Paper Award

Physical Pain as Pleasure: A Theoretical Perspective

Cara R. Dunkley, PhD; Craig Henshaw; Saira Henshaw; Lori Brotto, PhD


Graduate Student Research Grant - 2021

Shelby Astle

Black Parents’ Intentions of Talking with Children about Sexuality: A Black Feminist Qualitative Analysis



Undergraduate Student Research Grant - 2021

Frida de Luna

The birds and the bees: How maternal attachment style and socioeconomic differences can influence effective mother-daughter sexual education amongst Hispanic/Latinx adolescents


Travel Grant for Early-Career Professionals from Marginalized Communities

Rica Vina Cruz, PhD


Travel Grant for Early-Career Professionals from Marginalized Communities

Natalie LeBlanc, PhD

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Special Sessions
Special Sessions

Find out more about the Special Sessions:

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Special Interest Group Sessions
Special Interest Group Sessions


Leader: Fredrick Zal

Race/Ethnicity and Sexuality

Leader: James Brooks

Pornography/Technology/Sex Work

Leader: G. Joseph Sample

Sexual Coercion/Aggression and Prevention

Leaders: Danika Charles, Lauren Wallace, Ebru Yucel

Queer Sexualities/Trans* Experience/Identity

Leader: Finneran Muzzey

Sexual Health/Relationships/Pleasure (SHARP)

Leaders: Jessica Maxwell & Katrina Pariera

Sex Research Methods

Leader: John Sakaluk

Information Coming Soon!

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Presentation Guidelines
Presentation Guidelines

All concurrent sessions are on Friday, November 19th and Saturday, November 20th. See the "Agenda" section of this page for more detailed information.

All presentations (in person AND virtual) MUST include 1 slide (oral, brief, CE, symposium) or statement (poster) listing the Conflict(s) of Interest. If there are no Conflict(s) of Interest, please list “N/A” on the slide or statement.

The presentation schedule will be available in late October.





The poster session will be on Saturday, November 20th.


The conference mobile/web app will be available to presenters in late October.

Please upload your materials by Tuesday, November 16th.





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When & Where
When & Where

The SSSS 2021 Annual Conference will be held at the Royal Sonesta San Juan in San Juan, Puerto Rico (5961 Av. Isla Verde, Carolina, 00979, Puerto Rico) from November 18th to November 21st.

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Am I eligible for the member rate?

Anyone with a current 2021 SSSS membership will receive the member registration rate. When you become a member for the discounted rate, it is a two step process, so be sure to process both to receive the member rate option during registration. If you have any questions about your membership, contact the SSSS office at


Do co-authors have to register?

Anyone attending/presenting at the conference must register.


How do I let you know if I am interested in earning CEs or attending the breakfasts/lunches/receptions?

You can select these during the registration process to have access to attend.

I already registered, but I have decided I want the CE credits. How do I add CE after I have registered?

You can contact SSSS at to add CE if you have already submitted your registration. 

I only want to attend one day of the conference, is that possible?

One day registration is available for $275 through October 15th and $325 after October 15th.

I'm receiving an award, so my partner wants to attend the Awards Luncheon. Can we pay for only that event?
Guest tickets will be available for purchase for the Welcome Reception, Awards Luncheon, and/or the Local Saturday Evening Event. Please check back soon!

If I am a presenter, do I have to register? Is there a special rate?

Yes, all presenters must register by the presenter deadline of August 23rd. We do not offer presenter rates, but we do offer member rates and lower rates if registered before October 15th.


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Included in Registration
Included in Registration

What does in-person registration include?

All sessions;
If selected during your registration process: Thursday welcome reception; Friday breakfast; Saturday breakfast, awards luncheon and local special event; and Sunday breakfast.
For student registrants: if selected during the registration process, a Friday student event is also included.

What does virtual registration include?

Live plenary sessions; Live access to limited symposia and CE workshops (to be determined soon); Access to view the pre-recorded poster presentations; All presentation abstracts


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Cancellation Policy (in-person & virtual)
Cancellation Policy (in-person & virtual)

What is the cancellation policy for the conference?

All 2021 SSSS Annual Conference cancellation requests must be sent to SSSS by email at If the email is received by September 30, 2021, your full registration will be refunded. If the email is received between October 1-31, 2021, your registration will be refunded minus a $100.00 (USD) administrative fee. There will be no refunds as of November 1, 2021. All refunds will be sent electronically or by check. Email should include: name, mailing address, phone number, reason for cancellation, and a statement from you to remove your presentation from the Annual Conference Program (include presentation title and co-authors if applicable). Refund options will be offered if SSSS has to cancel or relocate the 2021 Annual Conference.

Revised on October 28, 2021: All 2021 SSSS Annual Conference cancellation requests must be sent to SSSS by email at If the email is received on or before October 31, 2021, your full registration will be refunded. If the email is received on or after November 1, 50% of your registration will be refunded. All refunds will be sent electronically or by check by December 15, 2021. Email should include: name, mailing address, phone number, reason for cancellation, and (if applicable) a statement from you to remove your presentation from the Annual Conference Program (include presentation title and co-authors). Refund options will be offered if SSSS must cancel or relocate the 2021 Annual Conference.  

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COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Testing
I am traveling internationally to San Juan and I need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Are there testing sites available?

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) offers PCR molecular COVID-19 tests on site. The service costs $110 USD and is offered from 6:00 am. to 8:00 pm, seven days a week, at three test collection centers located at terminals A, B, and C. For other options near the host hotel, you can use the Nationwide Testing Site Locator and plug in the hotel address, which is 5961 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina, PR 00979 to find the test you will need to re-enter your country.

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Sessions & Workshops
Sessions & Workshops
Can I see what sessions will be offered before I arrive?
The preliminary program will be available on the SSSS website in October, and you will receive access to the web/mobile app in early November.

How do I get the AV equipment I will need?
Each presenter will be provided a projector, laptop and screen. Contact the SSSS office prior to the conference with any additional AV needs so we can forward your email to the AV company. Presenters are responsible for the cost of any additional AV needs.

I am presenting a virtual poster. What are the instructions to complete this?
The virtual poster instructions will be sent by October 1st.

I am presenting a poster in San Juan. What is the size for the posters?
See "Presentation Guidelines" for more information.

What are the language options of the presentations?
While we hoped to offer some sessions in Spanish, we did not receive the necessary content. All of the conference presentations will be in English. 

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Continuing Education
Continuing Education
Can I attend the CE sessions if I didn't register for CE?
he CE workshops are open to all conference registrants, but CE registrants will have priority if the maximum room capacity is reached. Also, if you didn't register and pay for CE, you will not receive the certificate of completion or credits for attending.

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Travel, Transportation & Visas
Travel, Transportation & Visas
I am an international participant and need a letter of invitation before I can receive my visa. What is the process?
Send the information you need to the SSSS office at Please allow 5 business days for the letter to be produced.

What are the travel guidelines for Puerto Rico?
Visit Discover Puerto Rico for the latest information on domestic and international travel guidelines.  Updates are made every few weeks so check back often!

When should I book my flight?
We recommend booking your flight as soon as possible. We highly recommend purchasing flight insurance. If the conference moves to virtual or relocates because of forces outside of our control, SSSS is not responsible for flight cancellation fees.

How can I get from the airport to the hotel?

From the San Juan airport to the Royal Sonesta by taxi starts at $14 and is available 24/7.  Additional fees could be $1.50 for extra luggage or $1-$2 for late night, etc. 

What is the local transportation?
Visit Discover Puerto Rico for your transportation options. 

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Host Hotel
Host Hotel
What is the conference hotel?
Royal Sonesta San Juan
5961 Isla Verde Avenue
Carolina, PR 00979
United States of America
Hotel Website

What are the room rates for the conference hotel?
See the "Hotel Information" section above for rates.

The rates are listed for single and double occupancy - how much for a third adult in our room?
The charge for a third adult in a room is $47.00 per room per night plus applicable taxes. There is no charge for children under 18 years occupying the same room with their parents.

I am a student looking to share a room with another student attendee to help with the travel costs. How can I connect with someone?
You can post a thread on the Room Share Forum. Please note that SSSS is not responsible for any information shared on the site or any room situations. 

How long can I get the conference rate?
The rooms available at the conference rates are limited. They are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

What dates are covered on the conference rate?
The conference rate is offered from 3 days prior and 3 days after the meeting dates on a first-come, first-served basis. See "Hotel Information" above for details.

How can I reserve a room?
Click the link under the "Hotel Information" on this page, or call 787-791-6100 and state you are with the group "The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality-SSSS" to receive the group rate.

What is the required deposit?
The first night's deposit is required to guarantee the room at reservation.

What are the amenities that come with my room reservation?
Complimentary wireless service throughout the hotel; access and use of the fitness center 24-hours a day; use of chaise lounges at the pool and beach; towel service at the pool and beach; coffee and tea service in the room replenished daily.

When can I check into the conference hotel?

Check-in is available at 3:00 PM and check-out is scheduled for 12:00 PM.

Is WIFI available?
Wireless internet service is complimentary throughout the hotel.

What is the parking rate at the hotel?
The parking rate for guests on the meeting dates is $10 inclusive of tax per day.  For overnight guests, the rate is $20 inclusive of tax per day.

More Hotel Information:
  • Guest must be 21 years or over to check-in.
  • Credit Cards: American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Diners Club and JCB accepted.
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Electricity: 120 volts

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Can I volunteer during the conference?
The Ambassador Program application will be available in mid-July to Student Members and Developing Professional Members of SSSS.

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How can my organization become a conference sponsor?
Visit the 2021 Sponsorship page.

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Can I get a certificate of attendance?
All attendees will have a certificate in your bag at registration. The Certificate of Attendance does not imply evaluation of learning.

Is there a dress code?
We suggest business casual attire as appropriate for the event. We recommend you dress as you feel comfortable and remember a jacket or sweater for the air-conditioned rooms.

What services are available for special needs and requests?
SSSS is committed to those individuals who require special services, per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require assistance, there is a section during the registration process to inform us of the details. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the SSSS Office at

Barrier-free ADA-compliant rooms are available upon request and feature adjusted counter height, grab bars, 30" doorways and more. Accessible common areas include the public entrance, registration desk, business center, restaurant, boardroom, and fitness center. The hotel also provides accessible self-parking for car or van, communication kits with visual alarms and notification devices, and Closed-Captioned televisions.

Can the media/press attend sessions?

Members of the media/press can only attend sessions with the permission of the SSSS Director of Operations and the presenter(s). A media/press kit can be picked up at the registration desk.

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