Meet the Presenters

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Elisabeth "Eli" Sheff, Ph.D.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is a researcher, expert witness, coach, speaker, and educational consultant. With a PhD in Sociology and certification as a Sexuality Educator from AASECT, Dr. Eli specializes in gender and sexual minority families, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM. Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamorous families with children, and her 25+ year Polyamorous Family Study is the only longitudinal study of poly families with children to date. Dr. Eli has served as faculty at seven universities and currently chairs the CNM Legal Issues Team for the American Psychological Association, Division 44 Committee on CNM. Sheff has published four books, over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, and is currently editing a series of books on relationship and sexual diversity.

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David Ley

Keynote Speaker

David Ley is a clinical psychologist, sex therapist and author, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He’s the author of several books and research articles on sexuality, including his second book, The Myth of Sex Addiction, which started a firestorm of controversy about the validity of the concept of sex or porn addiction. His third book presents a model for men to use to approach their use of pornography in a healthy manner. Dr. Ley is a frequent guest in media around the world, with appearances in sources such as the New York Times, CNN and Time Magazine, to Hustler and Playboy magazines.

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Latetia Bland-Thergood

Presenter

Latetia Bland-Thergood is a 12 year veteran who is passionate about the healing of all survivors of trauma. During her career, she has had the opportunity to serve as a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, coordinating care and support for survivors of sexual trauma serving in or for the Armed Services. As a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and throughout her military career, she trained thousands of Department of Defense civilians and military members on enthusiastic consent, diversity and inclusion, trauma informed care, cultural competency, and empathetic and inclusive response to trauma. During, and after, her Masters of Social Work program, she served as a civilian volunteer counselor with The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors in Newport News Virginia, advocating for victims in the hospital, coordinating support, running a weekly support group and conducting community education.

She has had the honor of conducting training with NOVA in the past under the Military Members and Families Project on topics around military sexual trauma and its impacts. She is a passionate speaker and advocate working diligently for survivors on their journey of healing as well as building educated communities ready to support.

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Tom Carpino

Presenter

Tom Carpino is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University researching sexual health, stigma, and syndemics in sexual and gender diverse communities. He is also a Teaching Fellow and T32 Trainee in Translating Infectious Disease Epidemiology through the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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Megan Carroll, PhD

Presenter

Dr. Megan Carroll (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino. Her research on LGBTQ+ families and asexualities has been published in academic journals like Men & Masculinities and Sexualities and featured in popular media like Scientific American, The Advocate Magazine, Southern California Public Radio’s LAist, and the Free From Desire podcast. She is also the founder of the Ace/Aro Scholar Support Network, an interdisciplinary mentorship group of scholars studying asexualities and aromanticism in academic settings.

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Daniel Copulsky

Presenter

Dan Copulsky is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He researches sexual identity, asexuality, and nonmonogamy, with a focus on identity labels and identity development. He also serves on the board of directors for the nonprofit Center for Positive Sexuality. Dan has been quoted as an expert on sexual identity in Cosmo and Psychology Today.

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Phil Hammack

Presenter

Phil Hammack (he/him/his) is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His current research focuses on the documentation of new or newly visible forms of sexual and gender identity (including nonbinary gender identities, ace spectrum identities, and kink subcultures and identities) and intimate diversity (including kink, polyamory, and chosen families). Hammack was recently elected to serve as President of the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology and recently appointed co-editor of the journal Psychology & Sexuality. He is also co-editor of the Oxford University Press Series on Sexuality, Identity, and Society, which has published numerous books on sexual and gender diversity. Finally, Hammack is a leader in San Francisco’s queer and kink nightlife scene, where he was founder of the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund which raised over $300K for queer nightlife workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, founder of the highly visible Fog City Pack in the pup subculture, and producer of Deviants, the official closing party of the annual Folsom Street Fair.

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Judith Langer

Presenter

Judith Langer is passionate about communication and sexuality. She researches sex positivity and tries to understand and make it understandable as a sexual cultural phenomenon. She holds a Master’s degree in Sexology from the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Intercultural Relations from the University of Applied Sciences Fulda. She is also a trained Sexological Bodyworker and works as a communications manager for JOYclub.de, Germany’s largest online community for sexuality.

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Jenn Mason

Presenter

Jenn Mason is a certified sex coach, educator, and the owner of WinkWink: a woman-owned, inclusive, all-ages, “not creepy” sex shop and education space in Bellingham, WA. Through her work, Jenn helps individuals and communities transform sexual shame and move towards sexual liberation. With a background in youth consent education and victim advocacy, Jenn’s work focuses on the intersection of trauma, pleasure, disability, and sex education.

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Nancy Owen, MA, LMHC, CST, CST-S

Presenter

Nancy Owen is a certified sex therapist and supervisor in private practice in Kirkland, WA. She has been a psychotherapist for over 30 years, and specializes in treatment of couples and individuals struggling with issues related to intimacy and sexuality. She also provides education and supervision  for therapists/graduate students in the areas of kink, non-monogamy, and other issues related to sexuality.

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Andrew Pari, LCSW, CCTP

Presenter

Andrew Pari is a Board Member with the Center for Positive Sexuality and the Founder of Sexual Awakening & Awareness. A nationally recognized expert in trauma and sexualized violence, he provides psychotherapy and training with a focus on the “taboo.” His pioneering work in the use of kink expression to heal sexual trauma has been hailed as “radical” and “unique.”

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Olivia Richman, MD

Presenter

Dr. Olivia Richman, a Cuban-American Family Medicine resident-physician, author, and speaker, was motivated to launch a YouTube channel dedicated to educating millennials and Gen Z about sexual health after witnessing numerous instances of sexual assault and unwanted teen pregnancies during her time in medical school. With two TEDx talks under her belt, she emphasizes the significance of “Making Quiet Conversations, LOUD” and amplifies these taboo and silent discussions, advocating for open dialogue regarding sexual wellness and education. She is currently giving talks at College and University sororities nationwide, promoting and destigmatizing the “SexTok”.

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D. Joye Swan, PhD

Presenter, Conference Committee

Dr. Joye Swan (she/her) has over 20 years research experience in the field of sexuality. She is a 2019 Fulbright Scholar finalist and co-editor of the Book, Bisexuality: Theories, Research, and Recommendations for the Invisible Sexuality, winner of the 2020 Diverse Sexualities Research and Education Institute’s Book of the Year award. Dr. Swan is currently professor and Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Woodbury University. She is also the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Positive Sexuality.

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Gilian Tenbergen, PhD

Presenter

Dr. Tenbergen is an expert and scholar in sexual violence prevention. In her academic work she has published widely on matters related to the origins of sexual violence and how it can be applied to prevention initiatives. She holds a BA with Honors in Psychology from SUNY Oswego, a Master of Science in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience from Maastricht University (Netherlands), and a PhD in Clinical Psychological Science from Hannover Medical School (Germany), where she collaborated with the Prevention Project Dunkelfeld. She recently became the Executive Director of Prostasia Foundation and collaborates widely on initiatives to prevent all forms of sexual harm.

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Jeremy Thomas, PhD

Presenter

Jeremy Thomas is a Professor of Sociology at Idaho State University and former Editor in Chief of the Journal of Positive Sexuality. His research and teaching are focused on sexuality, deviance, and the body. He is especially interested in questions of sexual consent and agency and how societal and organizational power structures frequently utilize the politics of consent to actually reduce individual agency.

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Liam Wignall, PhD

Presenter

Dr. Liam Wignall is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Brighton. He specialises in research on kink/BDSM, looking at the impact of internet and community engagement on identity formation. His book, Kinky in the Digital Age, explores how kinky gay and bisexual men navigate the kink in contemporary times with an in-depth analysis of the pup play subculture. Liam has also published on the topics of sexual consent, sexual orientation, and pornography. He is currently co-editor of the journal Psychology & Sexuality, and co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series on Sexuality, Identity and Society.

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Leanna Wolfe

Presenter

Leanna Wolfe’s sex research was spirited by coming of age in the thick of the 1970s sexual revolution and feminist movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her curiosities and academic appetites led her to engage in field research in Mexico, Africa. India and Papua New Guinea. From 1980 to 2018 she worked as a university professor, researching topics ranging from orgasm, multiple partner sexualities and sexual assault. In 2016 she launched Wise Woman Sex and Relationship Consulting, providing counseling through her unique lens of Sexual Anthropology.

Use the QR code for more information on Leanna’s new book:  177 Lovers and Counting: My Life as a Sex Researcher.