Staff Publications

Below are a few of the many sex positive publications our Research Affiliates have produced. Just click on the year to open the list. Please be aware that not all publications may be publicly or freely accessed.


2022 Publications

Carr, N., & Berdychevsky, L. (Eds.). (2022). Innovation and Impact of Sex as Leisure in Research and Practice. Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Chambers, E. (2022). “You’re in the Gym to BUILD IT BIG, Not Have Social Hour”: Performing Dumb-Jock Masculinity on a Male Erotic Hypnosis Messageboard. In: Cutler, C., Ahmar, M., Bahri, S. (eds) Digital Orality. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Daniel Copulsky quoted in:

Psychology Today: Can Someone Be Both Asexual and Polyamorous?

Cosmopolitan: What Does It Mean to Be Aegosexual?

Cosmopolitan: What Is the Asexual Spectrum?

Hughes, S. D., & Hammack, P. L. (2022). Narratives of the origins of kinky sexual desire held by users of a kink-oriented social networking website. The Journal of Sex Research, 59(3), 360-371.

Magalhaes, C., Sprott, R.A. and Rider, G.N. (eds.) (2022). Mental health practice with LGBTQ+ children, adolescents, and emerging adults in multiple systems of care.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

van Tuijl, P., Verboon, P. & van Lankveld, J. The Relation of Mood and Sexual Desire: An Experience Sampling Perspective on the Dual Control Model. Arch Sex Behav 51, 3871–3886 (2022).

Wignall, L. (2022). Kinky in the digital age: Gay male subcultures and social identities. Oxford University Press.

Williams, DJ and Sprott, R. A. (2022) Current biopsychosocial science on understanding kink, Current Opinion in Psychology, Volume 48, 101473, ISSN 2352-250X,




2021 Publications

Berkowitz, D., Tinkler, J., Peck, A., & Coto, L. (2021). Tinder: A Game with Gendered Rules and Consequences. Social Currents, 8(5), 491–509.

Carr, N., & Berdychevsky, L. (Eds.). (in press). Sex in tourism: Exploring the light and the dark. Bristol, UK: Channel View Publications.

Cascalheira, C., Thomson, A. & Wignall, L. (2021) ‘A certain evolution’: a phenomenological study of 24/7 BDSM and negotiating consent.  Psychology & Sexuality. Online first. (Cory Cascalheira, lead author, research intern at CPS)

Cascalheira, C., McCormack, M., Portch, E. & Wignall, L. (2021). Changes in sexual fantasy and solitary sexual practice as a result of social lockdown among young adults in the UK. Sexual Medicine, May 5;9(3):100342. (Cory Cascalheira, lead author, research intern at CPS)

Emanuele, F., Jaspal, R., Lopes, B., Wignall, L. & Bloxsom, C. (2021). The sexual risk behaviors scale (SRBS): Development & validation in a university student sample in the UK. Evaluation & The Health Professions, 4(2), 152-160.

Jaspal, R. Lopes, B., Wignall, L., & Bloxsom, B. (2021). Predicting sexual risk behavior in British and European Union university students in the United Kingdom. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 16(1), 140-159.

McCormack, M. & Wignall, L. (2021). Drag performers’ perspectives on the mainstreaming of British drag: Towards a sociology of contemporary drag. Sociology.

Wignall, L., Portch, E., McCormack, M., Owens, R., Cascalheira, C., Attard-Johnson, J., Cole, T. (2021). Changes in sexual desire and behaviors among UK young adults during social lockdown due to COVID-19. Journal of Sex Research. Online first. (Collaboration with Cory Cascalheira, research intern at CPS)



2020 Publications

Berdychevsky, L. (2020). Reflexivity and ethical considerations in investigating the links between sex and leisure. In D. Parry & C. W. Johnson (Eds.), Sex and Leisure: Promiscuous Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge.

Berdychevsky, L. & Carr, N. (2020). Innovation and Impact of Sex as Leisure in Research and Practice: Introduction to the Special Issue, Leisure Sciences, 42:3-4, 255-274, DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2020.1714519

Bromfield, N., Panichelli, M., & Capous-Desyllas, M. (2020). At the Intersection of COVID-19 and Sex Trade in the United States: A Call for Social Work Action. Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work.

Capous-Desyllas, M., Payne, D. & Panichelli, M. (2020). Sex Trade in Los Angeles: Sex Work, Police Violence, and Carceral Feminism. Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work.

Capous-Desyllas, M. & Loy, V. (2020). Navigating Intersecting Identities, Self-Representation and Relationships: A Qualitative Study with Trans Sex Workers Living and Working in Los Angeles, CA. Sociological Inquiry, 90(2): 339-370.

Christensen, C., Capous-Desyllas, M. & Arczynski, A. (2020). Photovoice as a Multi-level Tool for Gender and Sexual Identity Exploration. Families in Society.

Fratila, I., & Berdychevsky, L. (2020). Understanding drugs as leisure through the (de)differentiation lens and the dialectic of Logos- and Eros-modernity. Leisure Studies. doi:10.1080/02614367.2020.1843694

Hughes, S. D. (2020). Release Within Confinement: An Alternative Proposal for Managing the Masturbation of Incarcerated Men in US Prisons. Journal of Positive Sexuality, 6(1).

Hughes, S. D., & Hammack, P. L. (2020). Narratives of the Origins of Kinky Sexual Desire Held by Users of a Kink-Oriented Social Networking Website. The Journal of Sex Research, 1-12.

Jaspal, R., Lopes, B. & Wignall, L. (2020). The Coping with identity threat scale: development and validation in a university student sample. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 20(4), 225-238.

Mountz, S., Capous-Desyllas, M. & Perez, N. (2020). Speaking Back to the System: Recommendations for practice and policy from the voices and perspectives of LGBTQ       Former Foster Youth. Child Welfare Journal.

Mountz, S., Capous-Desyllas, M., & Sevillano, L. (2020). Educational Trajectories of LGBTQ Former Foster Youth. Child Welfare Journal.

Prause, N., & Williams, D J (2020). Groupthink in sex and pornography “addiction”: Sex-negativity, theoretical impotence, and political manipulation. In D. M. Allen & J. W. Howell, (Eds.), Groupthink in science: Greed, pathological altruism, ideology, competition, and culture (Chapter 16). New York: Springer.

Sprott, R. A. (2020). Reimagining “Kink”: Transformation, Growth, and Healing Through BDSM. Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Stirling, Hills, & Wignall (2020). Narrative approach to understand people’s comprehension of acquaintance rape: The role of sex role stereotyping

Thomas, J. N. & Copulsky, D. (2020). Diversifying Conceptions of Sexual Pleasure in Self-Reported Genital Piercing Stories, Deviant Behavior, DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2020.1718834

Wignall, L. (2020). Beyond Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Navigating Risk and Consent Online for Kinky Gay and Bisexual Men. Journal of Positive Sexuality, 6(2), 66-74.

Wignall, L. & Driscoll, H. (2020). Women’s rationales and perspectives on “mostly” as a non-exclusive sexual identity label. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 7(3), 366-374.

Wignall, L., Scoats, R, Anderson, E. & Morales, L. (2020). A qualitative study of heterosexual men’s attitudes toward and practices of receiving anal stimulation. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 22(6), 675-689

Wignall, L., Stirling, J. & Scoats, R. (2020). UK university students’ perceptions and negotiations of sexual consent. Psychology & Sexuality. Online first.

Williams, DJ, Prior, E. E., & Thomas, J. N. (2020). Playing with danger: Encouraging research on BDSM as a form of leisure via reflection and confession. In D. C. Parry & C. W. Johnson (Eds.), Sex and Leisure: Promiscuous Perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Williams, D. J., Thomas, J. N. & Prior, E. E. (2020). Are Sex and Pornography Addiction Valid Disorders? Adding a Leisure Science Perspective to the Sexological Critique, Leisure Sciences, 42:3-4, 306-321, DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2020.1712284

2019 Publications

Berdychevsky, L., Stodolska, M. & Shinew, K. J. (2019) The Roles of Recreation in the Prevention, Intervention, and Rehabilitation Programs Addressing Youth Gang Involvement and Violence. Leisure Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2019.1571966

Christensen, M. (2019). Using Photovoice to Address Gender-Based Violence: A Qualitative Systematic Review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 20(4), 484-497.

Kink Clinical Practice Guidelines Project. (2019). Clinical Practice Guidelines for Working with People with Kink Interests. Retrieved from DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.18464.33287

Pallotta C., Maria, Sheff, E., and Mountford, M. (2019). Polyamorous Parenting in Contemporary Research: Developments and Future Directions in Goldberg, Abbie and Allen, Katherine (Eds) The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies Vol II . Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Thomas, J. N. (2019). BDSM as trauma play: An autoethnographic investigation. Sexualities.

Wignall, L. (2019). Pornography use by kinky gay men – A qualitative approach. Journal of Positive Sexuality. 5(1), 7-13.

Williams, D.J. (2019). Is Serial Sexual Homicide a Compulsion, Deviant Leisure, or Both? Revisiting the Case of Ted Bundy. Leisure Sciences, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2019.1571967

Williams, D. J., & Vincent, Jolene. (2019). Application of the Serious Leisure Perspective to Intrinsically Motivated Serial Homicide. Deviant Behavior, 40:9, 1057-1067. DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2018.1461737

2018 Publications
2017 Publications

Berdychevsky, L. (2017). Sexual health education for young tourists. Tourism Management, 62, 189-195.

Berdychevsky, L. (2017). Toward the Tailoring of Sexual Health Education Messages for Young Women: A Focus on Tourist Experiences. The Journal of Sex Research, 54(9), 1171-1187.

Berdychevsky, L., & Nimrod, G. (2017). Sex as Leisure in Later life: A Netnographic Approach. Leisure Sciences, 39(3), 224-243.

Bogumil, E., Capous-Desyllas, M., Lara, P., & Reshetnikov, A. (2017). Art as mode and medium: A pedagogical approach to teaching and learning about self-reflexivity and artistic expression in qualitative research†. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 40(4), 360-378.

Gill, E., Christensen, M., & Pérez, A. (2017). The Sale of the Atlanta Hawks: Is It Racism or White Ownership Playing the Race Card? Journal of Sports Media, 12, 113-140. doi:10.1353/jsm.2017.0005

Kim, J., Lee, H., Christensen, M., & Merighi, J. (2017). Technology Access and Use, and Their Associations With Social Engagement Among Older Adults: Do Women and Men Differ? Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 72(5), 836-845.

Link, A., & Williams, D. (2017). Leisure Functioning and Offender Rehabilitation: A Correlational Exploration Into Factors Affecting Successful Reentry. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 61(2), 150-170.

Thomas, J., Alper, N., & Gleason, B. (2017). Anti-pornography Narratives as Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Religious Variation in the Effect that Pornography Viewing has on the Marital Happiness of Husbands. Review of Religious Research, 59(4), 471-497.

Rahaman, Z., Holmes, D., & Chartrand, L. (2017). An Opportunity for Healing and Holistic Care: Exploring the Roles of Health Care Providers Working Within Northern Canadian Aboriginal Communities. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 35(2), 185-197.

Sprott, R. & Randall, A. (2017). Health Disparities Among Kinky Sex Practitioners. Curr Sex Health Rep, 9: 104.

Sprott, Richard A., Randall, Anna; Davison, Karen; Cannon, Neil; & Witherspoon, Ryan G. (2017). Alternative or non-traditional sexualities and therapy: A case report. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(8), 929-937.

Wignall, L. & McCormack, M. (2017). An exploratory study of a new kink activity: pup play. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 46(3) 801-811.

Williams, D. (2017). The Framing of Frequent Sexual Behavior and/or Pornography Viewing as Addiction: Some Concerns for Social Work. Journal of Social Work, 17(5), 616-623.

Williams, D., Thomas, J., & Arntfield, M. (2017). An Empirical Exploration of Leisure-Related Themes and Potential Constraints across Descriptions of Serial Homicide Cases. Leisure Sciences, 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2017.1384941


2016 Publications

Anhalt, K., Sprott, R., Magalhães, C., Keo-Meier, C., Rosenbaum, L., & Varjas, K. (2016). The Resolution on Gender and Sexual Orientation Diversity in Children and Adolescents in Schools: An Illustration of Psychology’s Commitment to All Students. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3(4), 448-452.

Christensen, M., Gill, E., & Pérez, A. (2016). The Ray Rice Domestic Violence Case: Constructing Black Masculinity Through Newspaper Reports. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 40(5), 363-386.

Chulach, T., Gagnon, M., & Holmes, D. (2016). The Lived Experience of Pregnancy Among HIV-Positive Refugee Women: A Qualitative Study. Advances in Nursing Science, 39(2), 130-149. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000117

Gagnon, M., & Holmes, D. (2016). “So far it’s been choosing which side effects I want or I can deal with”: A grounded theory of HIV treatment side effects among people living with HIV. Aporia, 8(1), 19-40. PMID:27867446 PMCID:PMC5112014

Hammond, C., Holmes, D., & Mercier, M. (2016). Breeding new forms of life: A critical reflection on extreme variances of bareback sex. Nursing Inquiry, 23(3), 267-277.

Prior, E., Williams, D. J., Zavala, T., & Milford, J. (2016). What Do (n’t) American Undergraduate Social Work Students Learn About Sex? A Content Analysis of Sex Positivity and Diversity in Five Popular HBSE Textbooks. Critical Social Work, 17(1).

Thomas, J. (2016). The Development and Deployment of the Idea of Pornography Addiction Within American Evangelicalism. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 23(2-3), 182-195.

Thomas, J., & Williams, D. (2016). Getting off on sex research: A methodological commentary on the sexual desires of sex researchers. Sexualities, 19(1-2), 83-97.

Waldura, Arora, Randall, Farala, & Sprott. (2016). Fifty Shades of Stigma: Exploring the Health Care Experiences of Kink-Oriented Patients. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13(12), 1918-1929.

Williams, D. J. (2016). From purple roots to dark, sexy, and diverse: The past, present, and future of deviant leisure. Leisure matters: The state and future of leisure studies, 173-180.

Williams, D. J., & Browning, John Edward. (2016). Looking Inside the Coffin: An Overview of Contemporary Human Vampirism and Its Relevance for Forensics Professionals. The Criminal Humanities, 117-134.

Williams, Prior, Alvarado, Thomas, & Christensen. (2016). Is Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadomasochism Recreational Leisure? A Descriptive Exploratory Investigation. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13(7), 1091-1094.



2015 Publications

Christensen, M. (2015). Activating College Men to Prevent Sexual Violence: A Qualitative Investigation. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, 8(2), 195-209.

Christensen, M. (2015). VIII. New tools: Young feminism in the rural west. Feminism & Psychology, 25(1), 45-49.

Christensen, M., Wright, R., & Dunn, J. (2015). Navigating the Concepts of Gender and Violence With Young Children. Journal of Family Social Work, 18(3), 202-221.

Thomas, J., Crosby, L., & Milford, J. (2015). Gender Differences among Self-Reported Genital Piercing Stories. Deviant Behavior, 36(6), 441-462.

Thomas, J., & Whitehead, A. (2015). Evangelical Elites’ Anti‐Homosexuality Narratives as a Resistance Strategy Against Attribution Effects. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54(2), 345-362.

Williams, D. J., & Prior, E. E. (2015). Do we always practice what we preach? Real vampires’ fears of coming out of the coffin to social workers and helping professionals. Critical Social Work, 16(1).

Williams, D., & Prior, E. (2015). Contemporary Polyamory: A Call for Awareness and Sensitivity in Social Work. Social Work, 60(3), 268-270.

Williams, D., Thomas, J., & Prior, J. (2015). Moving Full-Speed Ahead in the Wrong Direction? A Critical Examination of US Sex-Offender Policy from a Positive Sexuality Model. Critical Criminology, 23(3), 277-294.

Zago, L., & Holmes, D. (2015). The ethical tightrope: Politics of intimacy and consensual method in sexuality research. Nursing Inquiry, 22(2), 147-156.

2014 Publications

Weinberg, T., & Newmahr, S. (2014). Intersections of vampirism and sexuality: A narrative description of a vampire feeding. Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: An Interactionist Anthology, Sage Publications.

Williams, D., Thomas, J., & Christensen, C. (2014). You need to cover your tattoos!”: Reconsidering standards of professional appearance in social work. Social Work, 59(4), 373-5.

Williams, D., Thomas, J., Prior, E., & Christensen, M. (2014). From ‘SSC’ and ‘RACK’ to the ‘4Cs’: Introducing a new Framework for Negotiating BDSM Participation. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 17, Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 0, 2014, Vol.17.


2011 Publications

Prior, E. (2011). Women’s perspectives of BDSM power exchange. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Volume 16.