Preliminary Program

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On Being Sexual: Innovations in Thought and Science  April 19-22, 2012

Thursday, April 19


9:00am to 12:00pm Workshop A:
Sex Toys: A Health and Pleasure Perspective
Sarah Tomchesson and Kristen Tribby, Sex Specialists from the Pleasure Chest, Los Angeles (CE 3 hrs, Fee: $50)

1:00pm to 4:00pm  Workshop B:
Teaching Sexual Literacy: Moving Beyond Traditional Methods
Nicole Polen-Petit, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., and Gilbert Herdt, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (CE 3 hrs, Fee: $50)

1:00pm to 4:00pm Workshop C:
Mental Health and Sexuality: Same Old Problems, Brand New Solutions
Stephanie Buehler, M.A., Psy.D. (CE 3 hrs, Fee: $50)

5:30pm – 6:00pm   Opening Remarks

6:00pm – 7:30pm  Opening Plenary: David Linden, Ph.D. (CE 1.5 hrs)
Title: “Vice, Virtue and the Brain’s Pleasure Circuits”
Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist and author of “The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good” looks at the neurobiology of pleasure. Whether eating, taking drugs, engaging in sex, or doing good deeds, the pursuit of pleasure is a central drive of the human animal and explains how pleasure affects us at the most fundamental level: in our brain.

8:00pm – 10:00pm  Welcome Reception for all attendees and speakers. Yes, we are all about embodiment. Come share the libation of your choice and if you like, once you are feeling the vibe, we hope you will DANCE, dance, dance with music that will appeal to all!  DJ’ing by Olga’s own blu.
Reception gratefully sponsored by the American Institute of Bi-Sexuality.

Friday, April 20

8:00am   Poster Presentation Set-up 

8:30am-10:00am Concurrent Sessions  
Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Can We Predict Orgasm?: Investigating Oxytocin  Receptor Polymorphism rs53576
Amanda Denes, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, Santa Barbara
Symposium: Formative research and development of a rights-based sexuality education initiative in Los Angeles
Norman Constantine, Ph.D., Louise Rohrbach, Ph.D., Magaly Marques, M.A., Nicole Ressa, M.P.H., Francisca Angula-Olaiz, Ph.D., Petra Jerman, Ph.D.,M.P.H. Nancy Berglas, M.P.H.
(CE 1.5) Sex and the Science of Mind Reading: A Multidisciplinary Look at Empathy and Sex Drive
Stella Resnick , Ph.D., Private Practice
The Bonobo Way: An Alternative Great Ape Paradigm for Human Sexual Behavior
Susan Block, Ph.D.
Director of Block Institute
The Planned Parenthood-Los Angeles Sexuality Education Initiative Magaly Marques, M.A., Nicole Ressa, M.P.H., Elizabeth Warn, Janelle Watson
Jewish Young Adult Sexual Health
Arielle Kowenski, Ronald Peter, Michael Ross, University of Texas Health Science Center
Youth and Parent Perspectives on Relationship Rights and Gender Equality: Results from 11 Focus Groups
Francisca Angulo-Olaiz, Ph.D., Mona Desai, M.P.H., Petra Jerman, Ph.D., Norman Constantine, M.P.H.

10:30am – 12:00pm     Plenary: Moderated by Dr. Carol Queen  Panel – How Explicit Sexual Media Shapes and Reflects Desire  with Nina Hartley, John Stagliano, Kayden Kross and Morgan Sommer (CE 2 hrs)

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Luncheon for Students Sai Sai   Noodle Bar in Biltmore Hotel (purchase your own)

2:00pm – 3:30pm    Martin Weinberg, PhD., Colin Williams, PhD, and Joshua Rosenberger, Ph.D.  (CE 1.5 hrs)  Title: “Trans Men: Identities, Sexualities, and Embodiments”

4:00pm – 5:30pm Concurrent Sessions  
Session 4 Session 5 Session 6
Relationship Satisfaction and Commitment in Power Exchange Relationships the BDSM Sub Culture. Carol Cordier Carpenter, MS (c) California State University, Stanislaus Lin Myers, CSU Symposium (Continues):
Improving Surveys on Adolescent Sexuality: Cognitive Interviews with Latino and African American Teens
Petra Jerman, Ph.D., Jessica Lin, M.P.H., Norman Constantine, M.P.H.
(CE 1.5) Putting Pleasure Back into Sexuality Education: Demonstration of a Sexual Health Curriculum
Barbara Sayad, Ph.D., M.P.H,  

California State University, Monterey Bay
Gina Lepore, B.A., Doug Kirby, PhD. Monica Ramirez, B.A. (in progress)

Eroticism: Understanding Fetish Play and Safety Issues Preventing Physical and Emotional Harm Mitchael A. Metzner, Ph.D., M.Ed. Capella University Psychometric Assessment of Adolescent’s Attitudes on Relationships Rights and Sexual Communication
Nancy Berglas, M.P.H., UC Berkeley
Norman Constantine, M.P.H., Petra Jerman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Louise Rohrbach, Ph.D.
Kinky Women Research Study: Preferences and Diversity of Behaviors of Women from the Kink Community. Jennifer Rehor, M.A. San Francisco State University

5:30pm – 6:30pm   “Meet the Researchers” Poster Session – grab a drink and take this opportunity to chat with our researchers about their original presentations.

5:30pm – 7:00pm  Cocktails & Networking Sponsored by We-Vibe ……what about meeting your colleagues for a little casual networking? A drink? A little debriefing after a long day of exploring human sexual drive, fantasy, fetish, communication, and learning? Meet up –  reconnect with old friends, make new friends and make sure you connect with some of our first timers. Remember how significant your WRSSSS sexual (science) debut was? Help make their first time, one they will remember.

Saturday, April 21

8:30am – 10:00am Concurrent Sessions  
Session 7 Session 8 Session 9
Assessing the Barriers and Facilitators of HIV Disclosure Melissa Kew, B.A., M.A.,

University of Chicago

Associations between United States sexuality education policies and school practices
Patricia Cavazos, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine
Melissa Krauss M.P.H., Edward Spitznagel, Ph.D., Angela Lluka, B.A., Laura Bierut, M.D.
 (CE 1.5) A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Sexual Pain with Psychotherapy and Physical Therapy
Rachel Pearson, Ph.D., M.A.,  

Prairie View Inc., AASECT, AAMFT

Jennifer Celso, D.P.T, W.C.S,

Making Sense of Men’s Procurement of Sexual Services: Introducing a ‘Multi-factoral Choice Model’ Philip Birch,
B. Soc. Sci (Hons), Pg. Cert. (H.E.P.), PG Cert. (SSRM), PG. Dip. (Soc.Sci.), MSc., Ph.D. (submit 2012)

Lecturer, School of Social Science and Psychology, Univ. of Western Sydney, Australia


Penalty on the Play: Investigating Sexual Arousal in Male and Female College Athletes Christina Scott, Anaeis Minas Masihi,Lynne Saladin, Ashley Terich,Valerie La Shawn Williams, Whittier College

10:15am – 11:45pm  Plenary: Tim Fong, M.D. (CE 2 hrs)
Title: “Perspectives on the DSM-5 Proposed Classification of Hypersexual Disorder”

12:45pm – 2:15pm     Awards Luncheon

2:30pm – 4:00pm  Plenary: Jim Weinrich, Ph.D.  (CE 1.5 hrs) Title: “On Being Hetero-Homo-Bi-A-sexual: Sexual Attraction Subtypes Revealed in Two Samples Drawn 14 Years Apart”

4:30pm – 6:00pm Concurrent Sessions  
Session 10 Session 11 Session 12
Clinical Skills in Supervising Surrogate Partner Therapy
Vena Blanchard, D.H.S,
President, International Professional Surrogates Association
Martin McCombs, Ph.D.
Cunts, Dicks, and Desire: A Look at Adolescent and Adult Latino Sexual Health
Latina Girls and Sexual Desire
Bianca Guzman, Ph.D.
California State University Los Angeles
Latino Boys and Sexual Desire
Claudia Kouyoumdjian, Ph.D.
California State University, Los Angeles
Gendered Discourses of Latina/Latino Sexuality: How Males and Females Define “Hooking Up”
Steven Moreno-Terrill, M.A.
California State University, Los Angeles
Predictors of Sexual Satisfaction among Mexican American Adult Couples
Donna Castaneda, B.A, M.A, Ph.D.
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley
(CE 1.5) Gottman Relational Typing as a Predictor of Marital Success in Consensually Non-Monogamous Couples
Joye Swan, Ph.D.
Woodbury University
Magic, Madness and Melancholy of Monogamy Berta Davis, Ph.D UCLA, Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Clinical Professor
 6:15pm – 7:45pm  Western Region Council Meeting  Cordoban

8:30pm until… your pleasure    Dr. Suzy’s Speakeasy Event – A SSSS night out in LA. This is an offsite event and we’ll reveal the juicy details when you arrive to the conference. Dress up, dress down… us, you won’t be disappointed. Plus our Conference Chair Dr.Hernando Chavez orchestrated it, so you know it has to be sexologically themed and irresistible.

Sunday, April 22

9:15am – 10:45am Concurrent Sessions  
Session 13 Session 14 Session 15
Reclaiming Anal Pleasure: Gender and “Prostage”
Susan Stiritz, M.B.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.,
Washington University in St. Louis
Jonathan Branfman, B.A.
African-Centered Holistic Healing for African American Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Sharon Washington, B.A., M.P.H Candidate
(CE 1.5) Extremely Quiet and Incredibly Close: The Unspoken Challenges for Diverse Same-Sex Couples
Daniel Alonzo, Psy.D.
Phillips Graduate Institute; California State University, Northridge
Who is Having Anal Sex and Why?
Leanna Wolfe, Ph.D.,
Dr. Leanna Research / IASHS / Avid Media
Barriers to Seeking Medical Care and Sexual Health Counseling among University Students in Uganda
Andualem Tadesse, M.P.H.

11:00am – 12:30pm   Closing Plenary: Plenary: L.C. Miccio-Fonseca, Ph.D.  (CE 1.5 hrs) Title: “Non-Consensual Sexual Activity and MEGA Study Findings on Assessing Youth’s Risk for Coarse Sexual Improprieties and Sexually Abusive Behaviors”

12:30pm – 1:00pm   Closing Remarks and Invitations for 2013


10 thoughts on “Preliminary Program

  1. William Seabloom, M.Div. M.S.W. Ph.D., LICSW Diplomate in Clinical Sexology and Social Work Certified Sex Therapist Member of the Advisory Board of the Österreichischen Akademie für Sexualmedizin, Salzburg, Austria Founding Member of the International A on said:

    I don’t see any topics for the presentations and workshops and as far as I can tell the issues child and adolescent sexual health and research on successful treatment of adolescent and adult sexual offenders again are absent as in the last 10-15 years. Also the issues of sexual development and violence (Langfeldt, Prescott, McBride, Langfeldt) and the US military use of sexual dehumanization.

    • Dr. Seabloom, We wish that we had received submissions from researchers in these areas, as we all agree that sexual offender treatment research is woefully understudied and would be invaluable to our attendees. Thank you for reminding us of your important work in the field. Next year, we will do our best to keep reaching out to cutting-edge researcher about under-researched topics and inviting them to submit. Anna Randall Program Co-Chair

      • William Seabloom, M.Div. M.S.W. Ph.D., LICSW Diplomate in Clinical Sexology and Social Work Certified Sex Therapist Member of the Advisory Board of the Österreichischen Akademie für Sexualmedizin, Salzburg, Austria Founding Member of the International A on said:

        Dear Ms Randall, Thank you for your positive response. It is the first I have received from SSSS conference in about 20 years. Same with AASECT. Let me know if you have any questions about these areas or if I can be of any help.
        William Seabloom, M.Div. M.S.W. Ph.D., LICSW
        Diplomate in Clinical Sexology and Social Work
        Certified Sex Therapist
        Member of the Advisory Board of the Österreichischen Akademie für Sexualmedizin, Salzburg, Austria
        Founding Member of the International Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenders
        Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Study in Human Sexuality, San Francisco California
        Private Practice, Suite 208 Hamline Park Plaza
        570 Asbury Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

  2. Please let me know what type of presentation we have been scheduled to make. It impacts my decisions. Thank you. Susan Stiritz

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