Monthly Webinar Series

July: Current Research on Consensual Nonmonogamy

July 18, 5-6:30 p.m. PT  Register here.

Featuring: Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, Dr. Ellora Vilkin, Dr. Sally Johnston, Dan Copulsky, and Dr. Heath Schechinger

We invite the community to join us for an online panel featuring recent research on polyamory and other forms of consensual nonmonogamy. After hearing from researchers about their work, we will open the space for Q&A and conversation. We hope to foster open dialogue around how research can engage and support communities.

This event is hosted by the Center for Positive Sexuality as part of the Week of Visibility for Non-monogamy.

This presentation will be recorded. A link to the recording will be made available for a limited time to those who have registered.

Coming in…

  • August: Penny Harvey
  • September: Kathy Slaughter






Dr. Elisabeth Sheff – With a PhD in Sociology and certification as a Sexuality Educator from AASECT, Dr. Eli is the foremost academic expert on polyamorous families with children and specializes in gender and sexual minority families, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM. The Longitudinal Polyamorous Family Study follows families with children across 30+ years to understand the impacts that living in polyamorous families has on children, adults, and elders.

Dr. Ellora Vilkin received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University and is an incoming Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexual, and Reproductive Health at Montefiore Einstein. Ellora’s research investigates the extent to which gold-standard mental health and relationship functioning measures generalize to people in diverse relationship structures to identify challenges and opportunities in understanding wellbeing among queer and non-monogamous people.

Dr. Sally Johnston (she/her) has a PhD in Human Sexuality. She teaches courses on sex and relationships at Seattle University and is the research coordinator of The Pleasure Study at California Institute of Integral Studies. Her research project is a mixed methods investigation of symbiosexuality, the phenomenon of attraction to people in pre-existing relationships.

Daniel Copulsky is an instructor, researcher, and PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The Making Meaning of Nonmonogamous Identity Project focuses on people’s identity labels and definitions, life milestones, and conceptualizations of nonmonogamy.

Dr. Heath Schechinger, Co-Founder of the Modern Family Institute, Founding Co-Chair of the APA Division 44 Committee on Consensual Non-monogamy, and Affiliate Faculty at the Kinsey Institute, is a therapist, researcher, and organizer renowned for his groundbreaking contributions to understanding family and relationship structure diversity. Dr. Heath Schechinger will highlight the research and strategy behind recent non-monogamy policy advancements across the US in legislation, the workplace, and healthcare, and highlight practical opportunities for individuals to support and further these initiatives.

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