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AASECT Board of Directors

President -  Chris Fariello, PhD, MA, LMFT, CSE, CST, CSTS

Dr. Chris Fariello is the Founder and Director of the Philadelphia Institute for Individual, Relational & Sex Therapy (PhIIRST). He has 30 years of experience as an educator, trainer, public speaker, writer, and therapist. He holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Drexel University, a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from NYU and a doctorate in Human Sexuality from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT approved Supervisor. He is also certified as an AASECT Sexuality Educator, Sex Therapist and Supervisor. He has served on numerous boards, including several terms for the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for which he was President. He is recognized nationally as a relationship and sexuality expert and has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and talk shows. He has contributed to several videos and books and has written two books including The Lover’s Guide Encyclopedia. He has presented many times at AASECT and SSSS conferences and teaches Sex Therapy at Drexel University.

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President - Elect - Rosalyn Dischiavo, EdD, MA, CSE, CSES

Dr. Rosalyn Dischiavo, MA, CSES is the founder and director of Institute for Sex Education & Enlightenment (ISEE), a professional training program for educators, counselors, therapists and clinicians, and the current Chairperson for the AASECT Professional Education Steering Committee. Rosalyn began as a licensed addictions counselor and then had a private practice for marriage and family therapy for many years. She has a Doctor of Education degree in human sexuality, a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and Sexuality Educator Supervisor. She was the Director of both the Women’s Center and the Health Education office at the University of Hartford from 1999-2006. Dr. Dischiavo has been presenting retreats, workshops and lectures on topics related to wellness, spirituality, sex and gender issues for 30 years A former radio personality, she uses humor and insight to dynamically engage participants in a meaningful and unique dialog about sexuality and other wellness-related topics.

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Secretary - Melissa Novak, MSW, LCSW, CST, CSTS

Melissa Novak a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST), specializing in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, personality disorders and anxiety related disorders.  She earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she focused her studies on human sexuality and sexual therapy. In 2011, Melissa completed a yearlong fellowship program at the Depression and Anxiety Specialty Clinic, focused on further developing skills within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other empirically validated approaches. She works with individuals and couples, sex workers and people in the kinky and poly communities. Ms. Novak also serves as a national educator and supervisor, and is an adjunct professor for University of Chicago’s Social Service Administration Program where she teaches Human Sexuality Across the Lifespan and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Her private practice is in Chicago, IL.

Melissa may be contacted at

Treasurer - Christopher Belous, PhD, LMFT, CST, CSE

TDr. Belous (he/him/his) is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Center at Purdue University Northwest. Affectionately known as “Dr. B” he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Certified Sex Therapist and Educator with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Gay Affirmative Psychotherapist through the California Division of AAMFT. He sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and the American Journal of Family Therapy. His research focuses on sex and sexuality (broadly defined), social justice, and couple and family therapy education and supervision. As of today he has over 20 published works, 40+ Presentations at Inter/National and Local conferences, and has completed 7 different research grants. His most recent research involves the examination of efficacy and development of approaches to sex therapy and treatment.

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Vice President of Membership - Lexx Brown-James, PhD, LMFT, CSE, CSES

Dr. Lexx Brown-James {She|Her|Dr} is an Amazon Best Selling author of These are my Eyes, This is my Nose, This is my Vulva, These are my Toes. She a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sexuality educator and supervisor with AASECT. In St. Louis, she owns The Institute for Intimacy & Sexuality where she contracts with various organizations to train others in reproductive justice and accessible, comprehensive, intersectional, and anti-oppressive sexuality education. As an LMFT and CSES, she merges the educational and therapy worlds to help others succeed as sexuality professionals while educating the public about healthy sexuality. As an educator, Dr. Lexx has had the pleasure of publishing articles within the field about comprehensive sexuality interviewing. She enjoys using her skillset training professionals, teaching budding & senior sexologists, and various types of clinicians. As a therapist, Dr. Lexx works to ensure folks who attend therapy de-stigmatize barriers to mental health, build and maintain fulfilling intimate relationships.

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Chair, Certification Steering Committee- Eric Garrison, MAEd, MSc, DipLSHTM, CSCS, ACS, FRSPH

 Now a university-based clinical sexologist, Eric began at Masters and Johnson (under Dr. Masters) before interning in family planning under Dr. Robert Hatcher at Emory University. He also serves as the principal of a public health and forensic sexology consulting firm with a client list that includes the Army of the United States, the CDC, NASA, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Navy, and Oxford University (UK). He also chairs the Virginia Campus Task Force to End Sexual Violence and sits on the Peer Education Advisory Board of NASPA.

Since 2004, he has trained EMS crews and doctors in trauma-informed response under his CARES model and in 2006 created the PICARD sex counseling model widely used around the United Sates. In the past decade, he wrote Mastering Multiple Position Sex and co-directed the AASECT Winter Institute on Sexuality and Spirituality. Always the educator, Eric has been interviewed by countless media outlets including the BBC, CNN, NPR, Playboy Radio, Allure, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, New York Post, People, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, and The New York Times

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Chair, Professional Education Steering Committee (PESC) - Joli Hamilton, PhD, CSE, CBI

Joli Hamilton holds a doctorate in depth psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and archetypal psychologies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she focused on how sexuality informs the individuation experience. She first trained in sexuality issues as a childbirth and postpartum doula, later finding that sexuality concerns run through all of her professional interests. She is passionate about creating spaces for adults to access sex education for their own wellbeing and to become better equipped to parent sexually shame-free kids. She is an adjunct professor of human sexuality and her current research projects consider jealousy, ethical non-monogamies, and the imagination of kink.

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Chair, Public Relations, Media & Advocacy Steering Committee (PRMA) - Shadeen Francis, LMFT

Shadeen Francis, LMFT (she/her) is a licensed marriage and family therapist, eduator, and author that specializes in demystifying pleasure, building emotional intelligence, and the intersection between sexual wellness and social justice. Shadeen is a sought-after speaker, having given talks at over 20 national conferences in the last 3 years. Passionate about dialogue with her community, Shadeen has been featured on national media platforms like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and the New York Times, as well as sharing clinical insights with industry-specific brands like Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and Tinder, among others. An avid writer, Shadeen has authored several textbook chapters on topics ranging from sexual fluidity to sexological leadership. She also holds an adjunct faculty position at Jefferson University in Philadelphia where she teaches Psychosocial Genetics, Advanced Research Methods, and Social Responsibility. Known for her signature brand of warmth and humour, Shadeen’s work is always inspired by her commitment to helping people live lives full of peace and pleasure.

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Chair, Communications Steering Committee - Donna Oriowo, PhD, LICSW, CST

Dr. Donna Oriowo (oreo-whoa) M.Ed, MSW, CST, is an author, international speaker and, certified sex and relationship therapist in the Washington D.C. metro area. The owner of AnnodRight, Dr. Donna specializes in working with Black women on issues related to colorism and texturism and its impacts on mental and sexual health. She is the author of Cocoa Butter & Hair Grease: A Self Love Journey Through Hair and Skin. Dr. Donna is an advocate for sexual freedom, self-love, acceptance, and accomplishment for WoC, especially Black women. Dr. Donna collects inspiring quotes, travels to learn, gives firm handshakes, warm hugs, and knocks on the head. 

Dr. Oriowo currently serves as part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion committee with AASECT and is a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN). She can be found on Facebook and Instagram @Annodright. 

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Chair, Outreach Steering Committee - Juan Camarena, PhD, LMFT, LPCC, CST

Juan Camarena (el/he/him/his) is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Certified Sex Therapist.  Dr. Camarena is the Executive Director of the San Diego State University - Center for Community Counseling and Engagement and is a Lecturer in both the Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling Program at San Diego State University and the California Institute for Integral Studies Human Sexuality PhD program.  Dr. Camarena also provides psychotherapy at his independent practice and he trains other therapists on working effectively and compassionately with Gender and Sexually Diverse persons/relationships across multiple intersectional identities.

Dr. Camarena earned his Master of Science degree in Counseling from San Diego State University with concentrations in Multicultural Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy, and School Counseling.  He also earned his Master of Education degree and PhD in the clinical track of Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. Dr. Camarena is passionate about experiential teaching and learning, social justice-focused research, and combating marginalization via psychotherapy. 

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