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Winter Institute Faculty


Miriam Arbeit, PhD - Researcher and Author. University of Virginia Curry School of Education. She issues a startling call for a new skill based framework to transform sexuality education and clinical work. She applies this framework within public schools, colleges, and military settings to prevent sexual violence and promote fulfilling relationships. She works to align her scholarship and teaching with the efforts of trans activists and with the Movement for Black Lives.



Lisa Diamond, PhD - Professor of Psychology and Author of Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire (2009) and co-editor (with Deborah Tolman) of the APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology  (2013). She studies the development and expression of sexual identity and orientation over the life course.  She is particularly interested in investigating the potential underpinnings of different subtypes of sexual-minority experience (such as stable versus fluctuating patterns of attraction and exclusive versus bisexual patterns), gender differences in these experiences, and their implications for health and well-being over the life course.


Brian Dodge, PhD, MPH - Brian Dodge, PhD, MSc - Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University. He has been a co-investigator on the ongoing National Survey of Sexual Health & Behavior (NSSHB) since 2009. Dr. Dodge also has particular expertise in researching risk and protective factors for sexual health among bisexual men, including some of the first NIH-funded studies on this population, as well as working with racial/ethnic sexual and gender minorities.



J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD MS - Professor of Pediatrics, Researcher, Author is at Indiana University School of Medicine where he specializes in adolescent medicine. He has conducted research related to adolescents, sexual behavior and sexually transmitted infections for almost 30 years. He has published more than 300 papers and book chapters. In recent years, his work focuses on sexual learning and sexual wellbeing among adolescents.



Janice Irvine, MPH, PhD - Sociologist at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked as an activist and scholar in the area of sexuality studies for several decades. She is the author of Talk About Sex: The Battles Over Sex Education in the United States (University of California Press) as well as numerous other books and articles about sexuality and politics. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in both Croatia and Romania, and is studying queer politics in the Balkans. 



Phillis Mims-Gillum, MD  - Physician, Professor, Sexuality Counselor. She is a board certified physician in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is active in training medical students as well as sexual health professionals. What clinicians need to know about where medicine is going in the field of sexual health, and how to fill in the gap left by physician neglect of sexual health information. 




Emily Nagoski, PhD - Sexuality Educator, Speaker, Blogger and Author of Come As You Are (2015) and The Dirty Normal: Better Sex Powered by Science as well as numerous e-books. Her focus on pleasure can help clinicians and educators spot and counter effects of over thirty years of abstinence philosophies and pleasure suppression.