|D J Williams, PhD
Director of Research/Co-Founder Journal of Positive Sexuality
D J Williams is the Director of Research for the Center for Positive Sexuality and a social and behavioral scientist at Idaho State University. He completed doctoral and postdoctoral studies at the University of Alberta (Canada), and his scholarship intersects leisure science, forensic behavioral science, criminology, and sexology. D J is a leading international expert on deviance as leisure experience, and he has been a consultant and/or expert witness on several high-profile forensic cases involving sexuality and actual or potential violence. His research has been published in numerous academic books and journals, including Journal of Sexual Medicine, Homicide Studies, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Leisure Sciences, and Critical Criminology. D J can be reached by email at email@example.com
|Kassandra McFarland, MA
Kassandra McFarland is the Center for Positive Sexuality’s research coordinator and also a graduate student of anthropology at Idaho State University. Her research interests include sex positive sex education, polyamory, sexual attitudes, human sexual biology and sexual diversity around the world. Her current research is focused on sex education, sexual attitudes and utilizing anthropology’s bio-cultural approach. Kassandra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Jeremy N. Thomas, PhD
Dr. Jeremy N. Thomas is the Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology at Idaho State University. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University. Dr. Thomas’ research focuses on sexuality, deviance, and the body. He is especially interested in experiences, meanings, and identities related to: pornography and sex work; BDSM, kink, and fetish sexuality; sexual consent, abuse, assault, rape, and murder; and body modification, ritual violence, and self-injury. You can follow his research at www.jeremythomas.org.
|Dave Holmes, PhD
Dr. Dave Holmes is Professor and University Research Chair in Forensic Nursing. After completing his B.Sc. (Ottawa, 1991), M.Sc. (Montreal, 1998) and Ph.D. (Montreal, 2002) in Nursing, Professor Holmes completed a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship in Health Care, Technology and Place at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work (2003). To date, Dr. Holmes received funding, as principal investigator, from CIHR and SSHRC, to conduct his research program on risk management in the fields of Public Health and Forensic Nursing. With regard to sexuality, he has conducted research is the fields of barebacking, BDSM, and public sex. Most of his work, comments, essays, analyses and research are based on the poststructuralist works of Deleuze & Guattari and Michel Foucault. His works have been published in top-tier journals in nursing, criminology, sociology and medicine. He was appointed as Honorary Visiting Professor in Australia, Indonesia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
|M. Candace Christensen, PhD
M. Candace Christensen is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Texas San Antonio. Candace’s research centers on using feminist and arts-based research methods to address gender-based violence (GBV) on college campuses. Candace was awarded the Feminist Manuscript Scholarship Award for 2013 from the Council on Social Work Education. Candace’s most recent research examines the use of photovoice as a tool to prevent and respond to GBV.
|Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, PhD
Dr. Moshoula Capous-Desyllas is an assistant professor of sociology at California State University Northridge. As an activist, artist and academic, she engages in arts-based and participatory action research with sex workers, and uses art as a form of activism, empowerment and social justice. As a pro-sex feminist, she is critical of the conflation of the terms "human trafficking" and "prostitution," and advocates for the human rights for those who have made a conscious decision to sell sex and who do not consider themselves to be victims. She is an advocate for sexual diversity and expression, and an ally to LGBTQQI individuals and communities.
|Elisabeth "Eli" Sheff, PhD
Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamorous families with children. Sheff’s first book, The Polyamorists Next Door (2014), details her 15-year study of poly families with kids and was just reprinted in paperback, and her second book Stories from the Polycule (2015) is an edited anthology of writings by poly folks. When Someone You Love is Polyamorous (2016) is Sheff’s shortest book that guides family members and significant others who are trying to understand a polyamorous loved one. Dr. Sheff is currently in her fourth wave of data collection for her 20+ year study of polyamorous families with children.
|Richard Sprott, PhD
Dr. Richard Sprott received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1994. He researches identity development and health/well-being in people who express alternative sexualities and non-traditional relationships, with a special emphasis on kink/BDSM sexuality, and polyamory or consensual non-monogamy. All of these efforts highlight the ways in which stigma, prejudice, minority dynamics, language, identity development and community development all intersect and affect each other. Richard currently teaches courses in the Department of Human Development and Women's Studies at California State University, East Bay and graduate and undergraduate level courses at various universities in the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Holy Names University. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.
|Emily E. Prior, MA
Research Affiliate/Co-Founder Journal of Positive Sexuality
Emily E. Prior is the Executive Director for the Center for Positive Sexuality. Since 1996 she has been teaching formal and informal classes about a variety of sexuality-related topics including Gender, Deviance, Relationships and Family, and Feminism. She is an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities, has over a dozen publications, and has presented at conferences around the U.S. She is frequently interviewed about her research, the Center, and positive sexuality in general. She also won the Vern Bullough Award for research. Her research focuses on the intersections of identity, feminism, deviance, leisure, gender, and sexuality.
Research Affiliate/Educator/Board Member
Daniel Copulskyis a sex educator, researcher, and writer. He speaks regularly at colleges and conferences, including previous presentations at the Alternative Sexualities Conference and the Positive Sexuality Conference. He is also the founding editor of SexEdPlus.com, a collection of sex positive comics.
|Cielle "Skye" Williams
Research Assistant/Internship Director
Cielle "Skye Williams is the Internship Director for the Center. She is a college graduate with a bachelor's of science in Captive Wildlife Care and Education and a minor in Psychology. She has also been a guest on the Center’s show “Is This Normal?” as an advocate for furries and people in relationships with transgenders. She has presented on the differences between furries and zoophiles at several national conferences.
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