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Professional Societies

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary professional organization.

The American College of Sexologists

The American College of Sexologists (ACS) is a professional association for the purpose of providing professional standards for the training and certification of sexologists.

American Board of Sexology

ABS is dedicated to providing quality assurance to the consumer and certifying and nurturing clinicians in the practice of sex therapy and sex counseling.

The Society for Sex Therapy and Research

The Society for Sex Therapy and Research is composed of a broad range of professionals who have clinical or research interests in human sexual concerns.

Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)

CARAS, a national-level, 501(c)(3), is dedicated to the support and the dissemination of research to the alternative sexuality communities, (with a current focus on BDSM/leather/kink/fetish sexualities and consensual non-monogamous relationships such as polyamory) the public, and the research community.

World Association for Sexual Health

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) promotes sexual health throughout the lifespan and through the world by developing, promoting and supporting sexology and sexual rights for all. WAS accomplishes this by advocacy actions, networking, facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences and advancing scientifically based sexuality research, sexuality education and clinical sexology, with a trans-disciplinary approach.

International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health

ISSWSH provides opportunities for communication among scholars, researchers, and practitioners about women’s sexual function and sexual experience.

The Association for Reproductive Health Professionals

ARHP is a medical association that defines reproductive health in broad terms, and its mission zeroes in on providing education. ARHP translates science into practice by producing accredited, evidence-based programs for health-care professionals across a broad range of topics. Founded by Alan Guttmacher in 1963 as the education arm of Planned Parenthood® Federation of America (PPFA), ARHP became an independent organization in 1972.

The World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is a leader in the sexual health movement, issuing statements that have created waves within medical education. WHO believes that sexual and re- productive health must be part of the existing health care system as it reflects human rights. For a more detailed look at the guidelines and suggestions cre- ated by WHO regarding SRH core competencies in primary medical care, visit http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789241501002_eng.pdf.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

As an international multidisciplinary professional association, the mission of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is to promote evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health.

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)

WAS is a national sexology association that advocates for sexual health education in the field of medicine. It promotes sexual health throughout the individual lifespan and around the world by developing, promoting, and supporting sexology and sexual rights for all. WAS accomplishes this through advocacy actions, networking, facilitating the exchange of information, ideas, and experiences, and advancing scientifically based sexuality research, sexuality education, and clinical sexology, with a trans-disciplinary approach.

Training Organizations

Cicatelli Associates

Cicatelli Associates offers expert training and capacity building assistance to help health and human service providers by confronting challenging health issues, reducing health disparities, and eliminating stigma and discrimination.

The Curricula Organizer for Reproductive Health Education (CORE)

CORE is an open access tool for building scientific presentations on the full spectrum of reproductive health topics from a collection of peer-reviewed, evidence-based materials. CORE can be used to access up-to-date materials on reproductive health topics, build personal curricula and other educational presentations, download activities, case studies,and handouts for learners, or to enhance knowledge about current issues in sexual and reproductive health care.

Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)

CARAS, a national-level, 501(c)(3), is dedicated to the support and the dissemination of research to the alternative sexuality communities, (with a current focus on BDSM/leather/kink/fetish sexualities and consensual non-monogamous relationships such as polyamory) the public, and the research community.

The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

The oldest professional society dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about sexuality.

Sexuality and Aging

Sexuality and Aging is dedicated to enhancing the sexual health, knowledge and well being of people in mid and later life by providing quality sexuality education to individuals, couples, and to professionals who serve them.

World Association for Sexual Health

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) promotes sexual health throughout the lifespan and through the world by developing, promoting and supporting sexology and sexual rights for all. WAS accomplishes this by advocacy actions, networking, facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences and advancing scientifically based sexuality research, sexuality education and clinical sexology, with a trans-disciplinary approach.

The Center for Family Life Education

Morristown, NJ
Offers an annual National Sex Ed Conference with keynotes, plenaries, workshops, etc. focusing exclusively on sexuality education.

The International Academy of Sex Research

The International Academy of Sex Research is a scientific society whose objectives are the promotion of high standards of research and scholarship in the field of sexual behavior by fostering communication among scholars engaged in such research. IASR promotes the dissemination of research through its annual meeting and publication of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Gender Spectrum
Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. We consult, train and hold events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of gender identity and expression.

The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH)

Currently, ISSWSH is the foremost professional medical organization devoted to professional development in the field of sexual health. ISSWSH is a multidisciplinary academic and scientific organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for communication among scholars, researchers, and practitioners about women’s sexual function and sexual experience. It also reaches beyond the professional scope, providing the public with accurate information about women’s sexuality and sexual health.

The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada

(SIECCAN) is a national registered charitable organization founded in 1964 to foster professional education and public knowledge about sexuality and sexual health.

SIECCAN works with health professionals, educators, and community organizations to ensure that all Canadians have access to high quality sexual health information, education and related health and social services. More ..

Sexuality Information Education Council of the United States

SIECUS provides education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. Supported by individual contributions, foundation grants, and a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Accord Alliance

Accord Alliance promotes comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by disorders of sex development (DSD).

We partner with patients and families, healthcare administrators, clinicians, support groups, and researchers to facilitate open communication and collaboration among all persons working together to improve care of those affected by DSD.
Our website is a central hub of information for those working to improve the quality of outcomes in DSD through enhanced healthcare and research and through education of the public.

Research Organizations

The Center for Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights is a legal innovator seeking to fundamentally transform the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide. They have defined the course of reproductive rights through our victories in regional, federal, and local Courts around the world and also influence the law outside the courtroom, Reporting on Rights and Engaging policymakers to promote progressive ideas and defeat proposals that are discriminatory, punitive, or dangerous to women’s health.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

CIRA’s mission is to support the conduct of interdisciplinary research focused on the prevention of HIV infection and the reduction of negative consequences of HIV disease in vulnerable and underserved populations nationally and abroad. CIRA recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the HIV research workforce. The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) was established in 1997 and is currently New England’s only National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded AIDS research center. CIRA brings together scientists from 25 different disciplines and three institutions including Yale University, The Institute for Community Research and the Center for Health Intervention and Prevention.

The Society for Sex Therapy and Research

The Society for Sex Therapy and Research is composed of a broad range of professionals who have clinical or research interests in human sexual concerns.

Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS)

CARAS, a national-level, 501(c)(3), is dedicated to the support and the dissemination of research to the alternative sexuality communities, (with a current focus on BDSM/leather/kink/fetish sexualities and consensual non-monogamous relationships such as polyamory) the public, and the research community.

The Guttmacher Institute

The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health worldwide through an interrelated program of social science research, public education and policy analysis. For nearly four decades, Guttmacher has demonstrated that scientific evidence — when reliably collected and analyzed, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated — can make a difference in policies, programs and medical practice.
The Institute’s work focuses on four key program areas, each with a set of goals, objectives and target audiences. These focuses include:

  • Protecting the Next Generation: Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Adding it Up: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services and Financing
  • Rights and Responsibilities: Healthy Pregnancies, Contraception and Abortion
  • Healthy Sexuality: Relationships, Intimacy and Sexual Behavior

The Kinsey Institute

The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction. If you are interested to know more about current research, or if you are interested in partaking in research studies, this would be a good link for you to check out.
The unique history, collections and research of the Kinsey Institute have established it as a leader internationally in scholarship, teaching and service in sexuality, gender and reproduction. The Institute’s mission is to maintain this leadership by developing and nurturing a community of interdisciplinary scholarship within and beyond Indiana University. This community of scholarship includes the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medicine, education and law.
The primary intellectual and research concerns of the Institute are:

  • Sexuality in its anthropological, biological, behavioral, cultural, historical, institutional, legal, medical, psychological, policy, social, and other relevant aspects.
  • Gender dimensions of sexuality and reproduction, including behaviors, cultural representations, customs, doctrines, ethics, identities, institutions, laws, practices, public policies, social meanings, and other relevant domains.
  • Reproduction as mediated by behavioral, cross-cultural, demographic, epidemiological, ethical, ethnographic, health, legal, policy, psychological, representational, sexual, social, and other relevant factors.

The Center for Sexual Health Promotion

Our Center is a collaborative of sexual health scholars from across the campuses of Indiana University and strategic partner academic institutions around the globe who, in partnership with practitioners from community-based health organizations, government and industry, work toward advancing the field of sexual health through our research, education and training initiatives.

The International Academy of Sex Research

The International Academy of Sex Research is a scientific society whose objectives are the promotion of high standards of research and scholarship in the field of sexual behavior by fostering communication among scholars engaged in such research. IASR promotes the dissemination of research through its annual meeting and publication of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.