Pornography: History, Use, and Impact

by Madeline Boltin and Kelsey Lund, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Although sexual stimulation is a primary reinforcer, visual stimuli eliciting sexual arousal is still often a taboo topic. Understanding of the potential beneficial and harmful outcomes of pornography use can allow for practitioners to better advocates for clients’ rights to sexual health and […]

Sexual Orientation: Terminology and Models

by K. J. Comerford and Lawrence Platt, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology What it is Sexual orientation is “a component of identity that includes a person’s sexual and emotional attraction to another person and the behavior and/or social affiliation that may result from this attraction. A person may be attracted to men, women, both, […]


Thank you all so much for participating at this year’s annual conference. It was so meaningful to see so many of you invested in sexual behavior research and practice. We so appreciated all of our symposia presenters and the quality they brought to their work and to the conference this year. On Sunday, May 27th, […]

Culturally Competent Research Assistance with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Populations

by K. J. Comerford, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology As a non-binary research assistant who works with TGNC populations, I value the opportunity to learn about the experiences of TGNC folks from varied backgrounds. This is important because it provides information on the unique qualities that shape individuals’ experiences, which can be useful in […]

Navigating Jealousy in Romantic Relationships

by August Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D and Worner Leland, MS, BCBA, Upswing Advocates Romantic jealousy can involve a fear of losing a partner to a real or potential romantic rival, fear of the unknown, fear of change in a relationship, and a fear of abandonment (Wagner, 2010). Research shows that jealousy is a common emotion, and […]