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AASECT Board of Directors

President -  Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, CSE

Debby Herbenick is – in addition to serving as AASECT’s current President - an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University’s School of Public Health, the sexual health educator for The Kinsey Institute’s Kinsey Confidential Series, an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) and the author of six best-selling books about sexuality. Passionate about translating sexuality information to the general public, she is frequently quoted in magazines and appears on television to provide commentary about contemporary sexual behavior, and she also founded the community-based Bloomington Sex Salon, an event series that promotes public conversations about sexuality. 

Dr. Herbenick has worked as a sexuality researcher and educator for more than 15 years, and since 2003 she has taught college-level human sexuality classes at Indiana University. In addition, she is an active researcher, having published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She is one of the lead scientists of the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (conducted in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015). These surveys have provided the field with much needed, nationally representative probability data about sex in America. Her areas of research are focused on sexual behavior in the United States, female and male genital self-image, consumer sexual behavior (e.g., vibrator use, condom use, lubricant use), maternal and reproductive health, and the intersection of exercise, sports and sexuality.

Dr. Herbenick has been an AASECT member since early in her career, has served a term on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, as well as on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Sexuality. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, swimming and gardening. 

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President - ElectSusan E. Stiritz, PhD, MSW, MBA, CSE, CSES

Susan Stiritz, an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) and Supervisor, a research psychoanalyst, and a university professor, chairs and teaches in the Specialization in Sexual Health and Education at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on transformative sexuality education. Previous work as a community action writer and photographer for an Office of Economic Opportunity agency, a director of a Model Cities Day Care Center, a director of a six county family planning  education and training program, and a professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies informs her view of sexuality issues as social justice issues. She presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally and publishes papers on sexuality education in peer reviewed and law journals . At AASECT, she has chaired the CE Approval Committee and the Professional Education Steering Committee, and she revived AASECT;\’s Institutes in 2013, after their four year hiatus. Her transdisciplinary education includes a PhD in American and English Literature, a Graduate Certificate in Women Studies, an MBA in finance and marketing, and an MSW.

Susan may be contacted at

Secretary - Melissa Novak, LCSW, CST

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 - Douglas Braun-Harvey, LMFT, CGP, CST

Sexual health psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change as well as outpatient individual and group therapy for men with out-of-control sexual behavior (OCSB). 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. In 2013, Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey combined their individual psychotherapy practices with their international training consultation services to form The Harvey Institute. The Harvey Institute is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations integrate sexual health principles and practices to improve personal well-being and rethink their organizational practices.

Author of Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction (2015), Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual (2011) and Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual (2009). In 2015 the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality established The Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior as a two-year post doctoral training in compulsive and out-of-control sexual behavior. Doug is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST). His private practice is in San Diego, California.

Doug may be contacted at

Vice President of Membership - Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD, LMFT, CST, CSTS

Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD, LMFT, CST, CSTS is a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University. She also founded the Northwest Institute on Intimacy whose mission is to provide training in sex therapy and spiritual intimacy for clinicians and to provide a solid referral source for physicians, clergy, community leaders and the public. In 2017 she published Sex, God, & the Conservative Church: Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy. Check out the community built website,  which brings video stories of people healing from religious sexual shame.

Tina may be contacted at 

Chair, Certification Steering Committee - Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, CST, CSTS

Sally Valentine earned a doctorate in clinical sexology, is a licensed clinical social worker, and AASECT certified sex therapist. She is also certified in: Imago Relationship Therapy, trauma-informed EMDR therapy, hypnotherapy, and a registered Sivananda yoga teacher. Valentine has a private practice in Boca Raton, FL specializing in relationship/intimacy issues, sexuality concerns, trauma, life stressors and runs meditation groups. She offers popular Tantra workshops for couples, geared for professionals and interested couples wishing to delve deeper into Tantra. She has taught workshops and offered trainings in areas of healthy sexuality and sacred sexuality for the last 15 years.

Additionally, Sally is an AASECT Certified Supervisor for Sex Therapists and a state approved Clinical Supervisor for Licensees of Clinical Social Work. She works toward empowering new therapists with a solid foundation of clinical experience, direction and support which ultimately benefits the clients they counsel. 

Dr. Valentine is a national and international presenter and workshop facilitator. She teaches in areas of enhancing sexuality, tantra sexuality, healing the mind-body connection of trauma, and personal growth transformation.                                         

Sally may be reached at

Chair, Professional Education Steering Committee (PESC) - Prem K. Pahwa, LCSW, CST 

Prem K. Pahwa, is a licensed clinical social worker and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (CST) in private practice in Chicago. He is full time faculty in the Graduate Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Program at DePaul University in Chicago and also serves as the Assistant Director and Core Faculty for the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program.  

Prem may be reached at

Chair, Public Relations, Media & Advocacy Steering Committee (PRMA) - Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, CSC

Ian Kerner is a licensed psychotherapist and nationally recognized sexuality counselor who works with individuals and couples both privately and at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, one of New York's oldest and most respected not-for-profit mental health training and treatment facilities. Ian is regularly quoted as an expert in various media, with recent appearances on CNN, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show and NPR. He lectures frequently on topics related to sex and relationships, with recent appearances at New York University, Yale, Princeton, the French Institute Alliance Francaise, the inaugural Sex and Attachment Conference in NYC and the 2016 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.

Ian is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous books, including She Comes First (Harper Collins) which is the best-selling sex advice book of the last decade and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Ian has received post-graduate certification from the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality and the Family and Couples Treatment Services divisions at ICP, where he is also on the faculty and teaches courses in sex therapy. Ian was born and raised in New York City where he lives with his wife and two sons and their family dogs, Jitterbug and Oscar.

Ian may be contacted at

Chair, Communications Steering Committee - Eli R. Green, PhD, CSE

Eli R. Green is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies Graduate Program at Widener University and is the founder of the Transgender Training Institute. As an author, researcher and educator, Dr. Green’s work focuses on excellence in sexuality education. Dr. Green’s award winning book, co-authored with Luca Maurer, The Teaching Transgender Toolkit:  A Facilitator’s Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Reducing Prejudice & Building Skills is the first of it’s kind and establishes standards of excellence for teaching transgender topics. Through the Transgender Training Institute, he works nationally as an educator and consultant who helps non-profits, direct service, medical providers and educational professionals expand their transgender-related cultural competency and create inclusive and affirming environments.This work includes developing curricula, leading train-the-trainer courses and providing ongoing technical assistance and coaching for current educators and trainers. His research focuses largely on reducing prejudice toward transgender people and communities through education and training. Dr. Green holds a PhD in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University, in addition to Master's Degrees in Human Sexuality Education (Widener University) and Applied Women’s Studies (Claremont Graduate University). He is a Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) and is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Learn more about Dr. Green at and The Transgender Training Institute at

Eli may be contacted at

Chair, Outreach Steering Committee - Tameca N. Harris-Jackson, PhD, MSW, LICSW, CSE

Tameca Harris-Jackson is a lecturer with the University of Central Florida’s School of Social Work where she currently teaches and has helped develop courses in human sexuality, cultural diversity and international social work practice/study abroad. She is a graduate of Widener University’s Doctoral Program in Human Sexuality and the University of Maryland-Baltimore’s Master of Social Work Program. Dr. Harris-Jackson has served in the field of social work as clinician, supervisor, consultant and researcher. She has also served on several boards and as a volunteer for organizations providing administrative, fundraising and outreach support for LGBTQI+ mental health, HIV/AIDS, at-risk youth, victims of sexual assault and undocumented children and families. She is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) and currently serves as the Co-chair of the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) under the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Her research and practice areas include women's sexual and mental health, sexual health disparities, faith/spirituality and global social work.  

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