Students and First Time Attendees

The Western Region strives to make our meetings welcoming and fun for all attendees.  We hold special events and opportunities for students and first time attendees to get to know the ropes, network, socialize, and have fun. Hernando and Nina have been busy lassoing freebies, creating activities and planning every detail to make your conference memorable.

Student Update Email List

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Student & First Timer Events

First Timer Panel (Thursday, April 19th, 4:30-5:15pm): This is your opportunity to meet professionals who have been highly involved in The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality – Western Region (SSSSWR), learn about membership and benefits, meet new people, and ask questions.  Facilitated by Amanda Denes and Emily Prior.

Dr. Janice Epp is an author, American Board of Sexology (ABS) certified sex therapist and examiner, Professor at The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS), Assistant Professor at Skyline College and the sexuality expert for, the largest online medical information site. She has been the president of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Western Region (SSSSWR) three times and is a founding fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexology. She is currently a clinical sexologist in private practice in Palo Alto, California.  

Dr. David Hall: As  part of my steamy history, I have been a Naval Aviator flying carrier based aircraft, an engineer involved in research and testing some very special aircraft, doing research for NASA, an aviation accident investigator… and a sex educator. How did I get THERE? I had some free time between accidents and attended the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. While there I was offered a job as bouncer and room at a brothel, which I turned down to marry a Psych professor who taught sex. Next thing I knew, I was doing sex research, teaching college classes and up to my neck in SSSSWR. I have been the Executive Director, President and Treasurer of the region, on the Society BOD for several years and chaired a few meetings. Along the way I have met some very interesting and famous sex researchers. I currently am the Publisher of the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality and otherwise happily retired.

Mary Bontorin has been a SSSS member since 1984 (as a child) and, over the last 25 years, has served on the Board of Directors and the Western Region Council as Regional Representative, Secretary, Treasurer, President, Membership Chair; Registrar for Regional Conferences, Conference Chair, and Co-Chair of numerous Regional meetings. I have also been involved as Conference Chair for the Society’s Annual meeting, and have served on the Annual Conference Program Committee and the Society’s Admission Committee. I have had loads of laughs and found true friends while working for the Western Region. I hope to continue make new friends and help facilitate collegiality within the Society. Professionally, I have worked as an educator, counselor, therapist, researcher and trainer. Currently, I am the “Sex Goddess” at the San Diego Regional Center where I have developed and conducted numerous trainings, workshops and curriculum to address social/sexual issues of persons with disabilities, their families, caretakers, social workers and service providers. SSSS has always played a central role in my personal and professional development.

Dr. Stella Resnick is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA and a faculty member of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.  As a nationally recognized relationship and sex expert, Dr. Resnick has appeared on television several time (including on Oprah, CNN Live, The O’Reilly Factor, KCBS’ Morning News). She has also written articles and been quoted in number of popular publications.  She is the author of The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings and her newest book, The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love, comes out in May. Dr. Resnick is a Diplomat of the American Board of Sexology and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, CE Provider, and Clinical Supervisor. In 2003 she served as President of the Western Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. 

Student Mentor Panel (Thursday, April 19th, 4:30-5:15pm):  This panel was created specifically for first time and returning students.  This is your chance to meet leaders in the fields of sex research, sex education, sex therapy, and more.  Receive information on membership and benefits, ask career related questions, and get tips from professionals.  Facilitated by Nina Ruedas.

Olga Perez Stable Cox: Being a sexologist is an important part of my life. It’s satisfying and rewarding to know that I positively impact many people’s lives. I just received recognition for 38 years of full-time teaching at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa California. I’ve been teaching sexuality classes since 1975. I’m a licensed therapist with a private practice in Costa Mesa.

I have immensely benefited from my involvement in SSSS. I’ve served the Society in many ways including as Western Region Secretary, Representative, President, and Conference Chair. I’ve helped with continuing education, student volunteers, local resources, special interest groups, and registration.

Lou Paget is an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certified sexuality educator, international best selling author, television host and guest, public speaker, as well as a business consultant. She was 1 of 13 members of the National Advisory Council convened by the 16th US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and she is on The Leadership Council of the First Endowed Chair for Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her television appearances include a popular segment on HBO’s “Real Sex” (segment #24).  Of her five books, which have been published in 28 languages and in 60 countries, her best selling is How to be a Great Lover: Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Totally Explicit Techniques that Will Blow His Mind.  Her business, Frankly Speaking, Inc., is located in Beverly Hills, California.

Doug Braun-Harvey has a private practice in San Diego, CA.  He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist .  He is a national and International trainer bridging principles of sexual health within drug and alcohol treatment, mental health care, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment. He authored Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual (2011) and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual (2009).  In 2011, SSSSWR presented him with the Public Service Award for promoting sexual health awareness and providing the intellectual framework for integrating sexology and chemical dependency.

Carol Queen has a Ph.D. in sexology and is the author or editor of a dozen books about sex, including Exhibitionism for the Shy, Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, and PoMoSexuals (edited with Lawrence Schimel). She is the co-founder and executive director of The Center for Sex & Culture (, is Staff Sexologist at Good Vibrations (, and frequently speaks at colleges and universities about sexuality. She lives in San Francisco. Visit her at

Student Luncheon – Buy Your Own (Friday, April 20th, 12:30-2pm): Students, please join us for lunch at the Sai Sai Noodle Bar, conveniently located inside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. A private room will be reserved. Separate bills can be taken to help payments run smoothly.  Please note: This restaurant does not usually take reservations, so please be patient and remember to tip. Check out the food and beverage menu!

Important fact: Some student gift bags will be available for pick up. Please bring proof of student status, current student ID or a copy of your current class schedule will be sufficient.  Information can also be emailed to ahead of time.  Please remember, only the first 50 students who pay for the full student registration will receive a gift bag.  Don’t wait, register today!

First Timer Networking Cocktail Hour (Friday, April 20th, 5:30pm-7pm):  Don’t forget to bring your business cards!  Grab a cocktail, introduce yourself, shake a hand, and let the conversations begin.  All attendees are invited to this event to welcome first timers to SSSSWR.  Sponsored by We-Vibe!

Student Night Out (Friday, April 20th, 9pm ’til whenever, The Rooftop Bar at The Standard):  This event is designed to celebrate our student attendees; however, everyone is welcome. Please meet in front of the SSSSWR Conference Registration Desk.  We will leave promptly at 9pm.  Cover: $20. Dress Code: Casual Chic.  Distance: About 5 minute walk. 
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SSSS Western Region 2012 Meeting, On Being Sexual

Tips to Consider:  Whether this is your first SSSSWR conference or your 5th; if you’re a student, young professional, or  here are some tips to keep in mind.

  1. Bring your resume and business cards.  Who knows who you’ll meet?  All sorts of amazing people will attend this year’s conference.
  2. Stay up to date on who is presenting and mentoring.  Then look each person up so you know who you’re meeting.
  3. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation.  Maybe you’ll meet someone who can complement your work, provide advice, or inspire you.  Make a friend.  Meet a colleague.  Find a mentor.
  4. Keep your goals in mind.  What are your professional goals?  What do you hope to accomplish at the conference?
  5. If you have a great time, ask how to get involved!  We’re always looking for motivated, dedicated, and helpful individuals to make our conferences work.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have limited volunteer spots.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email for more information.

Room Share!

If you are looking to share a room at the conference, please email with a request.  A list of interested individuals will be complied and sent to everyone on the list.  It will then be your responsibility to initiate contact and figure out the arrangement.

Student Gift Bag Sponsors

We would like to give a special thanks to all the companies who have generously donated to our student gift bags.  Please remember, only the first 50 students who pay for the full student registration will receive a gift bag.  Don’t wait, register today!  All students must provide evidence of student status at the conference.

Thanks for sponsoring: Wet, Überlube, Babeland, The Pleasure Chest, Doc Johnson, Shunga, Lust Cosmetics, FC2, DivaCup, Party In My Pants, Lunapad, Good Clean Love, Duncan Charles Designs, California Exotic Novelties, JOPEN, Aloe Cadabra, Sheer Glyde Dams, Masque, Good Vibrations, Yes, System JO, GLYDE, Intimate Organics, Booty Parlor, Just in Case, and Sir Richard’s.  If this aroused your interest, donations continue to come in.