Doctoral Programme in Human Sexuality
I International Seminar - Past, present and future of sexuality research

September 21, FPCEUP

John Bancroft (UK)

Professor of Psychiatry, Sexologist, former Director of the Kinsey Institute

John Bancroft, MD, previously Director (May 1, 1995 – April 30th 2004) of The Kinsey Institute, has been involved in various aspects of sex research for the past forty years. He was Clinical Reader in Psychiatry at Oxford University from 1969-1976; then leader of the Behaviour Research Group at the Medical Research Council's Reproductive Biology Unit in Edinburgh until 1995.

His research has mainly focused on (i) the relationship between reproductive hormones and sexual behavior, including the impact of the menstrual cycle and fertility control on sexual behavior and wellbeing of women; (ii) psychophysiological aspects of male sexual response; (iii) sexual dysfunction in men and women.

Dr. Bancroft's clinical experience in the management of sexual problems spans more than 35 years. For much of that time, he has trained many other health professionals in sex therapy. He is the author of Human Sexuality and Its Problems 3rd Ed, (2009). 

Erick Janssen (Belgium)

Professor of Sexology, Department of Neurosciences, KU Leuven University, Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute

Prof. Dr. Janssen's research interests include the psychophysiology of sexual desire and arousal, the effects of emotions on sexual response and behavior, and relationships, sexuality, and health. With his research he aims to improve our understanding of the factors and processes that influence sexual and relationship satisfaction and of the determinants of risky sexual decision-making, sexual dysfunction, sexual compulsivity, and sexual aggression.

A large part of Prof. Dr. Janssen's work focuses on the award-winning Dual Control Model of Sexual Response, which he introduced with John Bancroft, M.D. and which, with its focus on individual differences in the propensity for sexual excitation and inhibition, opened up a new research agenda with wide relevance. The model is being used and tested by researchers around the world in studies on sexual health topics as varied as sexual risk taking, sexual dysfunction, sexual compulsivity, and sexual aggression. Studies in over 45,000 men and women have consistently shown that large individual differences exist in sexual excitation and inhibition proneness, and suggest that this variability is associated with, on the one end, a vulnerability to sexual dysfunction and, on the other end, an increased likelihood of engaging in risky sexual risk behaviors (including sexual infidelity) and sexual aggression.

Prof. Dr. Janssen also studies the relationship between sexual and nonsexual emotions (e.g., happiness, sadness, anger) and how these, separately and in interaction, influence sexual functioning, behavior, and satisfaction, in individuals as well as in couples. In approaching this work, Dr Janssen applies questionnaire, experimental, observational, psychophysiological (including fMRI), daily diary, as well as interview and focus group methods.

Cynthia Graham (UK)

Professor in Sexual and Reproductive Health within Psychology at the University of Southampton

Cynthia Graham is a Professor in Sexual and Reproductive Health within Psychology at the University of Southampton. Professor Graham is Co-Director of the Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP), Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sex Research, Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, and Chair of the Psychology Ethics Committee She has published articles on the following topics: the relationship between the menstrual cycle and changes in mood and sexuality; menstrual synchrony; methodological issues in recall data on sexual behavior, gender differences in sexuality; the relationship between mood and sexuality; sexual arousal in women, contraception and sexuality, asexuality, microbicides; and intimate partner violence.

She is a member of the Condom Use Research Team (CURT), a multidisciplinary research team involving The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP), and researchers from Canada and the U.S.

Aleksandar Štulhofer  (Croatia)

Professor of Sociology and the head of Sexology Unit at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Aleksandar Štulhofer is full professor of Sociology and the head of Sexology Unit at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He has published internationally on the epidemiology of sexual health difficulties, pornography and sexual socialization, HIV risks and sexual risk taking, sexual satisfaction, homonegativity, hypersexuality, and school-based sexuality education.

Dr. Štulhofer served as short-term consultant for the WHO in the area of HIV surveillance. He is a full member of the International Academy of Sex Research and a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Federation of Sexology and World Association of Sexual Health. He serves on the editorial board of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, and Sexuality and Culture. In 2016, he was awarded a Gold Medal from the European Federation of Sexology.

Richard Green* (UK/USA)

Professor of Psychiatry, Founder of the International Academy of Sex Research

Richard Green earned an AB from Syracuse University in 1957, and an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1961. Green did a psychiatric residency at the University of California at Los Angeles, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 1962-65. In 1968 he co-edited the ground-breaking Transsexualism and Sex-Reassignment anthology with Money. The same year, Green arranged the first transsexual operation at UCLA. In 1971 he became the founding editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior. He was significantly involved in the removal in 1973 of ‘homosexuality’ as a diagnosis in the DSM. In 1974 he published Sexual Identity Conflict in Children and Adults.

Green was the founding president of the International Academy of Sex Research in 1973 and a founding committee member of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA) in 1979, and was a co-author of the first edition of the Standards of Care. Professor Green also earned a law degree from The Yale Law School in 1987.

Richard Green was a Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty of Law, UCLA, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook (US). Visiting Professor, Medical Psychology, Imperial College, Departments of Psychology and Law, University of Cambridge (UK). Fulbright Scholar, Kings College, London and University of Cambridge.

Annamaria Giraldi (Denmark)

Professor of Clinical Sexology at the University of Copenhagen and Senior Doctor at the Sexological Clinic

Professor of Clinical Sexology at the University of Copenhagen and Senior Doctor at the Sexological Clinic. She is President-elect of the International Society of Sexual Medicine (ISSM) and Deputy-chair of the Journal of Sexual Medicine (JSM).. She has qualifications in clinical pharmacology and psychiatry and concluded PhD in sexology in 1997. In 2007, became certified as a sexual counsellor authorized by the Nordic Association of Clinical Sexology. In 2011, became a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and in 2012 a fellow of the European Board of Sexual Medicine (FECSM). She is trained as cognitive therapist as well as group therapist. She has a daily clinical practice, where she works on sexual dysfunction in men and women as well as with transsexuals who want to undergo gender reassignment and sexual.

Leonore Tiefer (USA)

Sexologist, Independent Scholar

Leonore Tiefer, PhD, author, educator, researcher, therapist and activist has specialized in many areas of sexuality. She began with a Psychology PhD on hormones and hamsters (University of California, 1969) and an academic position and animal laboratory (Colorado State University, 1969-1977). Responding to the call of feminist politics and the world of sexology for people, she later re-specialized in clinical psychology (New York University, 1988) with a focus on sex and gender problems. Beginning in 1977 her New York City career took her to Downstate Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center and then to Montefiore Medical Center where she was employed in the Urology Department and co-directed the Sex and Gender Clinic from 1988-1996. She is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and has a limited private psychotherapy and sex therapy practice in Manhattan.

Dr. Tiefer has written widely about the medicalization of men's and women's sexuality. The website of her educational anti-medicalization campaign,, is a major resource on this topic for journalists, colleagues, and the public. Dr. Tiefer has received many professional awards, e.g., 1994 Alfred C. Kinsey Award and 2004 Distinguished Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and 2004 Lifetime Career Award from the Association for Women in Psychology. She has been elected to many professional offices within sexological and feminist organizations (e.g., 1986 National Coordinator of Association for Women in Psychology, 1993 President of the International Academy of Sex Research). She served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition against Censorship ( and on many committees at her New York City Unitarian Universalist Church.

Dr. Tiefer’s c.v. contains over 150 scientific and professional publications. Her Westview Press book, Sex is Not a Natural Act and other essaysnow in a 2nd edition (2004), has been translated into several languages. In 2001 she co-edited an important feminist sexology collection, A New View of Women's Sexual Problems, that grew out of the New View educational campaign ( She also co-authored a classroom and workshop teaching manual (2003) to accompany this text. The New View campaign has held 4 scholar-activist conferences, testified before the FDA, provided fact sheets and briefings for media, and generated articles and chapters that are influencing the way students and professionals are taught about human sexuality.

In 2013, Dr. Tiefer moved from focusing exclusively on the medicalization of sex to a larger perspective on overtreatment and over-diagnosis as co-organizer of the successful conference, Selling Sickness: People Before Profits.

David Barlow (USA)

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Emeritus

Dr. Barlow received his PhD from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 600 articles and chapters and over 75 books and clinical manuals, mostly in the areas of anxiety and related emotional disorders, sexual problems, and clinical research methodology.
He is formerly Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Brown University, and founded clinical psychology internships in both settings.

He was also Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York and Director of the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University at Albany, SUNY.
He joined Boston University in 1996.

He is Past-President of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, Past-President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and was Chair of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Psychological Intervention Guidelines, as well as a member of the DSM-IV Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association.