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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Putting Anti-Oppressive Principles into Practice

James E. Brooks, PhD
Karen John, PhD
Melissa P. Lemons, PhD
Yael R. Rosenstock Gonzalez, MA
Justin A. Sitron, PhD

Date & Time TBD

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Purpose: This participatory workshop will encourage attendees to reflect on the degree to which their research and professional activities in sexuality either promotes or counters a social justice framework. Attendees discover the importance and influence of their own positionality in their scholarship and gain requisite skills to prepare a positionality statement to inform their professional practice (Takacs, 2003). Attendees will adopt a critical lens to their existing, ongoing, and future work. As such, the workshop will help attendees decenter traditional practices and approaches in the field of sexuality that have led to the marginalization and/or pathologizing of communities of color, queer experiences, and matters of gender. The workshop will utilize critical lines of inquiry such as critical race and critical queer theories, as well as an introduction to emancipatory frameworks such as liberation practices and radical healing (Mosley et al., 2020; White Supremacy Culture, n.d.).

Issues: Scholars have called attention to the need of critical science and culturally competent practice in the field of sexuality (Fahs & McClelland, 2016; Hargons et al., 2021). These calls have highlighted the reality that the field of sexuality centers white, cisgender and heteronormative perspectives. Fortunately, the communities that are harmed by the centering of this perspective have been and continue to produce scholarship and practices that mitigate and work to undue the harms experienced (Brown & Strega, 2015). However, the fields of sex and sexuality will continue to benefit from all professionals working to contribute to the collective knowledge of the field and engaging in new practices. The challenge for some in rising to the call is an uncertainty about how to move forward. This workshop will assist attendees wanting to move to praxis in their work.

Overview of Session Activities: The workshop will include a participant self-assessment. Minimal didactic elements. Small and large group discussion and "collective brainstorming" Anticipated Participant outcomes Attendees will leave with a clear sense of how their future work can challenge harmful theoretical frameworks and methodological practices. Attendees will have next steps on how to promote the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in their professional work.

James E. Brooks, PhD

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology

School of Education

Indiana University, Bloomington

Karen John, PhD

Doctorate in Developmental Psychology/Research
Masters of Science in Education (General and Students with Disabilities)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Educator, Podcaster, and Humanitarian

Melissa P. Lemons, PhD

Pronouns: She/Her

Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Wilmington University (Delaware)
Fruitful Conversation counseling practice

Yael R. Rosenstock Gonzalez, MA

Pronouns: She, Her, Ella

Founder, Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC

Creator, Sex Positive You

PhD Student: Health Behavior, IU Bloomington & Center for Sexual Health Promotion


Justin A. Sitron, PhD

Pronouns: He, Him, Él

Associate Professor

Center for Human Sexuality Studies, College of Health and Human Services

Director, Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative

Widener University




Contributing to the Journal of Sex Research:
A Conversation with Editors about Best Practices in Peer Review and the New Registered Reports Publication Format

Cynthia A. Graham, PhD
John K. Sakaluk, PhD

Date & Time TBD

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Description: The Journal of Sex Research (JSR) remains one of the premier outlets for multi-disciplinary research on human sexuality, with its submission numbers and impact factor increasing consistently each year. Interested students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members can contribute to JSR’s success through serving as a peer-reviewer of others’ submitted manuscripts, and also considering JSR as an outlet for their own work. In this session, attendees will hear from Dr. Cynthia Graham (Editor-in-Chief of JSR) about what makes for informative and helpful peer-reviews, while Dr. John Sakaluk (Registered Reports Editor for JSR) will introduce attendees to the structure, benefits, and evaluation considerations of the new Registered Report submission type. Attendees will also be able to have their questions about peer-reviewing and Registered Reports answered by the presenters.

Keywords: Peer-Review; Publishing; Research Methods; Research Transparency 

Cynthia A. Graham, PhD (she/her)
University of Southampton, Dept. of Psychology
Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Sex Research

Cynthia Graham is a Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health at the University of Southampton, Centre for Sexual Health Research, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology, Deputy Head (Research) of the School of Psychology, and Faculty Chair of Ethics at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on male condom use, hormonal contraceptives and women’s sexuality, women’s sexual problems, and sexual health among older adults. She has published over 230 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

She has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sex Research since 2009. She was a member of the DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. In 2016 she was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award and in 2019 the Distinguished Service to SSSS Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

John K. Sakaluk, PhD (he/him)
Western University, Dept. of Psychology
Registered Reports Editor for The Journal of Sex Research

John K. Sakaluk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology (Social, Personality, and Developmental Psychology Cluster) at Western University, in London (Ontario), Canada. John’s program of research focuses on the application and promotion of advanced forms of psychometric modelling and research synthesis techniques to topics in sexuality, romantic relationship, and psychotherapy research. Throughout his research, John strives to improve on his use of research techniques that promote scholarly transparency, reproducibility, replicability, and inclusivity, while using and promoting open-source data analysis platforms and open-access systems of publishing. A former Statistical Consultant for the Journal of Sex Research, John now serves as the Editor of the new Registered Reports section of the journal and is keen to promote this format of publishing—that maximizes transparency while enabling acceptance-for-publication of submissions before resources are spent in the process of doing research—for those doing hypothesis-testing-oriented work. 


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