SSTAR 2015 Fall Clinical Case Conference

Friday, October 16, 2015
Millennium Broadway Hotel

145 West 44th Street

New York, NY


The SSTAR 2015 Fall Clinical Case Conference will be held Friday, October 16, 2015, at the Broadway Millennium Hotel in New York. This meeting is designed for practicing sex therapists, psychologists, physicians, advanced practice nurses, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, other health care professionals, and researchers seeking state-of-the-art information on the rapidly evolving field of human sexuality.


The primary goal of the meeting is to serve as a multidisciplinary forum in which to discuss the clinical assessment and management, ethical and societal issues, and outcome of sex therapy interventions in clinical cases.



Registration and coffee will begin at 8:30 am. The meeting will commence with a welcome message from the President of SSTAR, Daniel Watter, EdD at 8:50 am.


The morning presentation, “Broken”: Addressing Sexual Pain and Intimacy Concerns in the Context of the Sexual Health Model, will be presented by Jennifer Vencill, PhD and discussant Stephen B. Levine, MD. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.     Utilize the Sexual Health Model to identify biopsychosocial factors related to the etiology and treatment of sexual pain.

2.     Discuss, with examples, multiple influences on sexual pain, including biological/physical factors, cultural attitudes, intrapersonal distress, and relationship variables.

3.     Identify interventions that facilitate client safety, self-compassion, exploration, and understanding with regard to sexual pain and intimacy concerns.  


The afternoon presentation, Sexual Aversion/Disgust or Asexuality? Dilemmas and Implications for Treatment in an Ongoing Case, will be presented by Marilyn Lyga, PhD ABPP and discussant Kathryn Hall, PhD. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.  Describe and contrast hypoactive sexual desire disorder from sexual aversion or disgust and asexuality.

2.  Distinguish how the treatment protocol differs based on the above understanding of the patient.

3.  Evaluate and discuss the ethical dilemma this creates for the treating therapist.


Registration: SOLD OUT

Space is limited and only SSTAR members may register beginning June 2, 2015. The registration fee is $245 for members which includes the luncheon.

Registration is open to the public beginning on June 16 on a “space available basis.”  and the registration fee is $345 for non-members, which includes the luncheon.  There is no discounted student registration fee. 


Registration is SOLD OUT. To be put on a wait list, please contact the SSTAR Office at or 847.647.8832.

Or to print and mail in the registration form CLICK HERE



A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Broadway Millennium Hotel for SSTAR attendees at a rate of $329 per night for a single bed room. Book now to reserve the SSTAR Rate! Please CLICK HERE to reserve a room online. Or call the hotel at 212-768-4400 to make reservations, referencing the "SSTAR" meeting.   Please book your room by Friday, October 2, 2015 to guarantee the SSTAR rate.





SSTAR 2016  West Coast Clinical Case Conference 

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Keating Hotel

San Diego, CA


SSTAR 2016 41st Annual Meeting 

April 14-17, 2016
The Gwen, A Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel
Chicago, IL

Call for Papers! Papers are now being accepted for consideration for the SSTAR 41st Annual Meeting, Challenging Ideology and Changing Perspectives. Please click here for the details on how to submit your paper. Deadline for submission is September 14, 2015



2016 Masters and Johnson Award

Nominations are now closed, and under conisderation by the Executive Council.  The award will be presented at the 2016 Annual Conference.


CalCalSandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award | The SSTAR Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award recognizes the scholarly work of students who are developing a career in the field of sexual disorders and sexual health and fosters the professional development of individuals beginning their careers in this area.

2016 Recipient: Amelia Stanton, Vagal Activity During Physiological Sexual Arousal in Women With and Without Sexual Dysfunction

Criteria | Past Winners


CalCalSSTAR Health Professional Book Award | The goal of the award is to recognize the best recent book for health professionals that contributes to the understanding and resolution of sexual disorders. 

2016 Recipient:  Caroline Pukall, PhD:  Human Sexuality: A Contemporary Introduction; Oxford University Press, 2013.

Criteria | Past Winners


SSTAR Consumer Book Award | The goal of the award is to recognize the best recent book for consumers that contributes to the understanding and resolution of sexual disorders. 

2015 Recipient: Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love: Supporting and Caring for Your Partner, Anne Katz, RN, PhD

Criteria| Past Winners 


Masters and Johnson Award | The Masters and Johnson Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of excellence in clinical and/or research areas of sexual disorders.

2014 Recipient:  William L. Marshall, PhD

Criteria |  Past Winners 


SSTAR Service Award | The SSTAR Service Award recognizes that some individuals have contributed greatly to the evolution and history of the organization, a fact that may not have been sufficiently appreciated at the time. Hence the notion of a Service Award which allows for enduring memory.

Criteria I Past Winners