research2018 has been a very busy year in positive sexuality research. Our Research Affiliates and Assistants have been working on several projects on topics such as BDSM as leisure and identity, Greek refugees and sex work stings in Los Angeles, creating a positive sexuality assessment instrument, and may others. Also, our number of research interns has increased exponentially, bringing us many students from around the world to support our research programs.

A few highlights from Dr. Moshoula Capous-Desyllas include her 2018 publication: “Because We’re Fighting to Be Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, Research AffiliateOurselves:” Voices from Transgender and Gender Expansive Former Foster Youth.” Child Welfare: A Special Issue on Children and Youth with Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities/Expression Involved in Child Welfare and Other Public Systems, 96(1)103-125; her presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, Florida on “Using photovoice to illuminate the experiences of LGBTQ former foster youth”; and being awarded the 2018 CSWE SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Scholarship Award.

Other affiliates Dr. Richard Sprott and Dr. Anna Randall presented on Creating Therapy Practice Guidelines with Richard Sprott, Research AffiliateKink-Involved Clients: What we know, What we don’t know, What we need to know presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.  Montreal, QB, Canada and Do We Need Practice Guidelines for Working With Kinky Couples+? presented at the American Psychological Association convention, San Francisco, CA. Dr. Sprott also received grants from 2018 Interdivisional Grant Program, APA Committee on Division/APA Relations and Faculty Support Grant, California State University, East Bay for his research.

If you would like to see more of what our Research Affiliates are working on, you can check their profiles on our website as well as our Staff Publications and Current Research Projects.

If you are interested in completing a volunteer research assistant internship, you can apply here. Please be aware that due to the influx of applications, not all applicants will necessarily be accepted into the program. It is recommended that you apply at least one semester in advance of your planned start date.