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Organizations Based in the United States


Advocates for Youth
This organization provides information, education and training, and advocacy on adolescent sexual health issues. Resources for sexuality educators include resource links, lesson plans and curricula guidelines, and training workshops. Contact: Advocates for Youth, 2000 M Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202.419.3420. Fax: 202.419.1448. Email:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
AAMFT information of interest to sexologists includes:
-- resource list including graduate programs, job postings, and tools for therapists in practice ;
-- Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy;
Contact info: 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Ph. (703) 838-9808; Fax (703) 838-9805. Email:
-- Marriage and Family Therapist Referral Directory

American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The AACAP Web site includes the organization's policy statements, some of which (i.e., adolescent pregnancy, HIV, sexual orientation) relate to sexuality issues. Tables of contents and abstracts for the Association's journal, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry also are available. Contact: AACAP, 3615 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. Ph. 202/966-7300.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
In addition to providing association information, the AACE Web site makes available clinical guidelines:

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
AASECT is an interdisciplinary organization that provides certification for professionals. Its WWW site gives information about AASECT, certification requirements, AASECT's Code of Ethics, and highlights from its newsletter, Contemporary Sexuality. Contact: Executive Director: Stephen Conley, Ph.D., AASECT, P.O. Box 1960, Ashland, VA 23005-1960. Ph. 804-752-0026, Fax 804-752-0056. Email:

The American Board of Sexology (ABS)
The board offers certification for professionals currently practicing clinical sexology and also maintains an online registry of its Diplomates, who are eligible to become Fellows of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists and to attend the Academy's annual clinical conference and other post-graduate clinical training courses. Contact: W.B. Easterling, Executive Director, 1929 18th St., NW, Ste. 1166, Washington, DC 20009. Ph. 202/462-2122.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
APSAC provides professional education and promotes interdisciplinary approaches to the problem of child maltreatment. The society's journal, Child Maltreatment is published by Sage. Contact info: 407 S. Dearborn, Ste. 1300, Chicago, IL 60605. Ph. 312/554-0166; Fax 312/554-0919.

American Psychiatric Association
The Association has committees on HIV/AIDS, on family violence and sexual abuse, and on gay, lesbian and bisexual issues. Professionals can go to pages for research and clinical resources, as well access library services and publications.

American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA's WWW site is extensive. Three pages in particular offer information specific to sexuality:

  • APA's Public Affairs Office maintains topic web pages on sexuality issues facing society, including sexual harassment, memories of childhood abuse, and sexual orientation;
  • the Public Interest Directorate makes available APA policy statements, including statements on lesbian and gay issues, AIDS, and sexual contact between therapists and clients; and
  • APA's Office on Aging has recently updated its Aging and Human Sexuality Resource Guide which presents an annotated bibliography of journal articles, relevant books, and resources for older adults and their families on aging and sexuality.
Contact: APA, 750 1st St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Ph. 202/336-5500. Email:

American Public Health Association. Holds an annual conference and offers continuing education institutes related to STD/AIDS prevention and intervention. It publishes the American Journal of Public Health. Contact: APHA, 800 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Ph. 202/777-2742.

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP)
ARHP, an interdisciplinary association composed of physicians, researchers, educators, and other related professionals, sponsors an annual scientific meeting, an annual clinical conference, and biennial conferences on the perimenopause and adolescent reproductive health. ARHP also serves as an advocacy group on reproductive health issues. See its ARHP Policy Recommendations. An outgrowth of ARHP is the National Adolescent Reproductive Health Partnership, which focuses on adolescent STDs and preganancy. Contact info: 1901 L Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036. Ph. 202/466-3825; Fax 202/466-3826. Email:

American Social Health Association (ASHA)
ASHA conducts research and provides information to the general public on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The ASHA fellowship program provides training in STDs for post-doctoral researchers. Contact: ASHA, PO Box 13827, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
The Society provides services to patients and health professionals. Through its Office of Government and Media Relations, ASRM seeks to inform the public about infertility and assisted reproductive technologies. The Society has a number of publications, including the monthly journal, Fertility and Sterility. Contact: 1209 Montgomery Hwy., Birmingham, AL 35216-2809. Ph. 205/978-5000; Fax 205/978-5005. Email:

American Society of Andrology
The medical specialty area of Andrology studies the male reproductive system, including the biology of erection and impotence treatment. Included on the society's website is the the Andrology Handbook, and links to related sites dealing with reproduction and fertility.

American Sociological Association (ASA)
The ASA has a Section on Sociology of Sex and Gender and a Section on Sociology of Sexualities. Both offer programming at annual meetings. The website also provides information on funding opportunities, and research support, and also an annotated list of publically available data resources. Many of the data sets are related to the study of sexuality, gender, and reproduction, such as the General Social Survey, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, and various CDC surveys. Contact info: 1722 "N" St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. Ph. 202/833-3410; Fax 202/785-0146. Email:

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
ATSA is an interdisciplinary, international organization whose aim is to foster research and professional education related to sex offender evaluation and treatment. ATSA publishes Sexual Abuse, a quarterly research journal addressing clinical and theoretical aspects of sexual abuse. It also sponsors graduate research awards. Contact info: 10700 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy., Ste. 26, Beaverton, OR 97005-3035. Ph. 503/643-1023; Fax 503/643-5084. Email:

Center for Advancement of Health
This group of 26 professional research societies works to increase the priority of and resources devoted to health and behavioral research. The center provides the Health Behavior News Service, which provides updates on funding and policy and research article summaries.


Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA)
The Association's purpose is to provide a mechanism for professionals from medicine, psychology, social sciences, and law to interact and communicate with each other in the context of research and treatment of gender dysphoria, including transsexualism. HBIGDA sponsors biennial meetings and produces a newsletter. See also the current HBIGDA Standards of Care for hormonal and surgical sex reassignment of gender dysphoric persons. Contact info: 1300 S. 2nd St., Ste. 180, Minneapolis, MN 55454. Ph. 612/625-1500; Fax 612/626-8311.

International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH). Organization centered around the study of women's sexual function and experience.

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
This "think/action" tank addresses issues of substance abuse and sexual behavior, such as the relationship of alcohol and drug abuse to teen pregnancy, the spread of STDs and HIV, date rape, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, incest, family break-up, prostitution, sexual aggression and performance, and rape.

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
Certifies Family Life Educators and lists approved undergraduate and graduate academic programs that meets its curriculum guidelines.

National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (NCSAC)
A private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public and professional awareness and understanding of addictive/complsive sexual behavior and its associated negative consequences. NCSAC provides access to education, information and referral sources, encouraging wellness for all those we serve. Contact info: P.O. Box 725544, Atlanta, GA 31139; Ph. (770) 541-9912, Email:

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.
A nonprofit membership organization that advocates for voluntary family planning and reproductive health care services. Contact: NPFRHA, 1627 K St. NW, 12th Flr., Washington, DC 20006. Ph. 202/293-3114.

National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC)
The NSRC generates dialogues between researchers and community advocates which strengthen informed responses to critical sexual and social issues. By disseminating accurate information and evidence-based research on sexual health, education, and rights, the NSRC promotes social justice and enhances the quality of life within the United States. The NSRC is part of the Human Sexuality Studies program at San Francisco State University.
Contact: 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132

A New View of Women's Sexual Problems (The Working Group on A New View of Women's Sexual Problems)

North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
This multidisciplinary professional organization, although comprised primarily of healthcare providers, includes researchers from other disciplines; its objectives support scientific study of cultural and psychosocial aspects of menopause. In addition to its annual conference, NAMS publishes the research journal, Menopause, and supports some research funding opportunities. It also has published its first consensus statement on estrogen/hormone replacement therapy. Contact info: NAMS, PO Box 94527, Cleveland, OH 44101. Ph. 216/844-8748. Email:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
PPFA is a national family planning organization that also provides education, training, and information on sexual and reproductive health issues. Educators will be interested in its listing of recent sexuality education resources (books, articles, and videos). In the U.S., phone 800/230-PLAN for locations of Planned Parenthood affiliate centers. Contact: PPFA, 810 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019. Ph. 800/669-0156; 212/541-7800. Email:

Planned Parenthood of Central and Southern Indiana also provides education and training services through its Institute on Sexual Health and its Resource Center. Contact PPCSI, 3209 N. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Ph. 317/926-4662 or 800/421-3731

Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing
The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing develops and supports an expanding religious network of clergy, religious educators, theologians, theological ethicists, and other religious leaders committed to this vision of religion and sexuality. It builds the capacity of religious institutions and clergy to offer sexuality education within the context of their own faith traditions and to advocate for sexual rights; helps congregations become sexually healthy faith communities; and educates the public and policy makers about this vision of sexual morality, justice, and healing.
Contact: The Religious Institute, 304 Main Avenue, #335, Norwalk, CT 06851

Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) at Indiana University.
RCAP is a joint project of Indiana University, Purdue University, and Texas A&M University. The major focus of RCAP is the promotion of HIV/STD prevention in rural America, with the goal of reducing HIV/STD incidence. The Center publishes RAP Time, a newsletter highlighting research, and organizes the National Network of Rural HIV/STD Prevention Specialists. Contact for more information.


Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
SIECUS is a national, private, nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes comprehensive sexuality education and HIV/AIDS prevention education in the schools and advocates for sexual and reproductive rights. It also has several international sexuality education initiatives. A variety of publications are available from SIECUS, including annotated bibliographies, fact sheets, and the SIECUS Report. The library is open to the public. Contact: SIECUS, 130 W. 42nd St., Ste. 350, New York, NY 10036-7802. Ph. 212/819-9770; Fax 212/819-9776. Email:

Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Founded in 1923, the Social Science Research Council is an independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit, international association devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. It administers the Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, which provides dissertation and postdoctoral support for social and behavioral research on sexuality conducted in the U.S. Contact: SSRC, 810 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019. Ph. 212/377-2700; Fax 212/377-2727. Email:

Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
SBN is a broadly based professional organization of scientists studying the interaction between behavior and neuroendocrine function. Interests include sexual differentiation, sexual development, and aging. The official journal is Hormones and Behavior.

Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)
This multidisciplinary society is for professionals who are actively involved in the treatment or clinical investigation of sexual disorders. It seeks to facilitate communication among clinicians who treat problems of sexual behavior, gender identity, sexual function, sexual abuse, and reproductive life, as well as provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between those primarily involved in research and those engaged in patient care. SSTAR has an annual national meeting and regional meetings. Membership information is available from: Kathleen A. Blindt Segraves, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychiatry, Metro Health Medical Center, 2500 Metro Health Drive, Cleveland, OH 44109-1998.

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
SSSS is an interdisciplinary, international organization for sexuality researchers, clinicians, educators, and other professionals in related fields. The society's WWW site provides information on upcoming meetings, training opportunities, and Society publications, including the quarterly newsletter, Sexual Science. A separate page gives information on memorial gifts to the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Contact info:SSSS PO Box 416, Allentown, PA 18105 phone:610-530-2483 fax:610-530-2485 Email:

Society for the Study of Reproduction
An interdisciplinary society focusing on problems in human and animal reproduction as they related to medicine, basic biology, and agriculture (veterinary science).

The Society for the Study of Social Problems
SSSP is a interdisciplinary organization of social scientists and other scholars, professionals working in applied research and policy areas, and others interested in the causes and consequences of social problems. It publishes the journal Social Problems. Contact: SSSP, U. of Tennessee, 906 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996. Ph. 423/974-3620.

World Psychiatric Association.
The Association has formed a new scientific section on human sexuality. Two symposia on sexuality will be held at the next WPA meeting in Hamburg, Germany in 1999. Contact: WPA Secretariat, International Ctr. for Mental Health, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, CUNY, Fifth Avenue & 100th St., Box 1093, New York, NY 10029. Ph. 212/241-6133. Email:

Internationally Based Organizations

Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Center(ARSRC)
The goal of the ARSRC is to promote more informed and affirming public dialogue on human sexuality and to contribute to positive changes in the emerging field of sexuality in Africa. Activities focus on four of the most populous countries in Africa: Egypt (North Africa), Kenya (East Africa), Nigeria (West Africa) and South Africa (Southern Africa). Contact: The Director, Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre, 17 Lawal St, off Oweh St, Jibowu. P.O.Box 803. Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria. Email:

Asian Federation for Sexology
Publishes the new Asian Journal of Sexology. Secretariat: 11F, 171, Roosevelt Rd. Sec. 3, Taipei, Taiwan. Ph. (886)-2-2369-6752. Fax: (886)-2-2365-7410.

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
ARCSHS has a multi-disciplinary team of staff with qualifications and expertise in psychology, anthropology, sociology, public health, health promotion, methodology, epidemiology, education, women's health, consumer advocacy and health policy.The Centre is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and applied skills in sexual health research and education locally, nationally and internationally.

British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy
Formerly the British Association for Sexual and Marital Therapy. Site has information about the journal, Sexual and Marital Therapy, the annual bulletin, conferences, information sheets, and lists of therapists.

Canadian Sex Research Forum
Founded in 1974, the Canadian Sex Research Forum focuses on encouraging and disseminating information related to teaching, research and clinical activities of Candian researchers and professionals involved in areas relevant to human sexuality. Contact info: CSRF, Executive Director, The Montreal General Hospital, Room B6-221, 1650 Cedar Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1A4, Canada. Ph: (514) 934-1934. Email:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozialwissenchaftliche Sexualforschung (DGSS)
The German Society for Social Scientific Research, established in 1971, is the German national non-profit interdisciplinary organization of professionals working in various branches of non-medical sexology. It has published its research results in a number of scholarly books, has organized international conferences, and, since 1978, has maintained a counseling institute. Its WWW site offers extensive information on human sexuality and an English-language section. Contact info.: DGSS, Gerresheimer Str. 20, D-40211 Düsseldorf, Germany. Ph.:(+49 211) 35-46-91. Fax: (+49 211) 36-07-77. Email:

European Federation of Sexology (EFS)
The EFS is an umbrella organization comprising 54 sexological member organizations and institutions in 18 European countries. The EFS tries to further communication and cooperation between its members through its bilingual journal and regularly scheduled congresses. At the same time, all other sexologists and the general public are welcome to use these opportunities as well.
Contact Info: President: Prof. Dr. Robert Porto, Association Inter-Hospitalo, Universitaire de Sexologie (AIHUS), 48 bd Rodocanach╠, 13008 Marseille, France, Ph.:+33-4-91-76-4489, Fax:+33-4-91-77-0139, Email:, Secretary General: Prof. Dr. E.J. Haeberle Robert, Koch-Institut, Archiv fŞr Sexualwissenschaft, Hannoversche Strasse 27, 10115 Berlin, Germany, Ph.:+49-30-4547-3665, Fax:+49-30-4547-3667, Email:

Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Sexología y Educación Sexual (FLASSES)
Address: FLASSES, General Secretary, rua Traipu, 523 Perdizes, 01235-000, Sao Paulo - SP, Brazil. Email:

International Academy of Sex Research (IASR)
A scientific society whose objectives are the promotion of high standards
of research and scholarship in the field of sexual behavior by fostering
communication and cooperation among scholars engaged in such research.
Contact: Dr. Ken Zucker, Clarke Institute, Child and Family Center, 250 College St., Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R8, Canada.

International Menopause Society
The Society promotes research on all aspects of the climacteric and aging in men and women. Its journal is Maturitas. Contact: IMS, 116, Av. de Broqueville, Bte 2, 1200 Brussels, Belgium. Ph. (02) 772 21 83. Fax: (02) 762 42 95.

International Planned Parenthood
IPPF provides sexual and reproductive health and family planning services in 150 countries, and publishes periodicals, reports, surveys, educational materials, and position statements, such as its Charter on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Researchers can check the posted list of publications. Contact info: Regent's College, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NS, United Kingdom. Ph. +44 (0) 171-487-7900; Fax +44 (0) 171-487-7950. Email:

Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada (PPFC)
PPFC's mission is to promote healthy sexuality throughout the human life cycle, and to promote birth planning by assuring adequate education and services for all Canadians. Contact info: 430-1 Nicholas St., Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 7B7 Canada. Ph. 613/241-4474. Email:

Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN)
SIECCAN conducts research on sexual health education, publishes the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, and maintains an information service for professionals whose work is related to sexual health. Contact: SIECCAN, 850 Coxwell Ave., Toronoto, Ontario, Canada M4C 5R1. Ph. 416/466-5304. Email:

Sociedad Argentina de Sexualidad Humana
Its web site is a source of information about sexology in Argentina and other countries of Latin America. Contact: SASH, DARREGUEIRA 2485. P.B. " B " Buenos Aires (1425). Argentina. Tel / Fax: (54-1) 773-4141 / 7391 / 777-3459 Email:

Sociedade Brasileira de Sexualidade Humana (SBRASH)
The Brazilian Society for Human Sexuality is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization founded in 1986. It sponsors national and regional events and educational courses; and publishes the Revista Brasileira de Sexualidade Humana, Boletim Informativo, and the Index Brasileiro de Sexualidade. It is exploring issues of certification for Brazilian sex educators and therapists. Contact information: Sociedade Brasileira de Sexualidade Humana, Av. Bem-te-vi, 333-cj.81-Moema, CEP:04525-909-São Paulo-SP-Brazil. Ph. 011-542-5830. Email: Email for CEPCoS:".

Tavistock and Postman NHS Trust
The Tavistock Clinic and the Portman Clinic became an NHS Trust in 1994. These are National Health Service outpatient clinics providing a range of mental health services for psychological, emotional and personality problems. Both clinics provide a range of services which include family work, individual psychotherapy, for children or adults, group therapy and couple therapy. The Tavistock Clinic leads the field in postgraduate mental health training in Britain. Contact: Anton Obholzer, Chief Executive, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, 120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA, Email:

Transgender ASIA Research Centre
The Centre seeks to bring together psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, as well as medical and legal experts who share a desire to better understand the phenomenon of transgender, as well as the circumstances in which transgenders live, in Asia. Its website aims to promote and disseminate research and understanding of, as well as contributing towards efforts to effect social change in regard to, transgender in Asia.
Contact: Email Sam Winter at

World Association for Sexology(WAS)
Founded in 1978, WAS exists to promote sexology worldwide; it has sponsored 12 international congresses. Member organizations come from 25 countries.
-- Listing of previous World Congresses of Sexology;
-- The American Foundation for Gender and Genital Medicine and Science Book Award, which is presented at the biennial meeting of the World Congress of Sexology.
Download the WAS newsletter, Nov. 2005 (pdf)

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