Erick Janssen, PhD

Dr. Janssen is Professor at the Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies, University of Leuven, Belgium. Senior Scientist and Director of Education and Graduate Training at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 at the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Janssen has published extensively on the topics of sexual psychophysiology, sexual risk behavior, sexual dysfunction, sexual aggression, sexual compulsivity, and sexuality in close relationships. He developed, together with Dr. John Bancroft, the Dual Control Model of Sexual Response, which focuses on the role of individual differences in sexual excitation and inhibition. Dr. Janssen has been President of the International Academy of Sex Research and the recipient of several awards, including the Hugo Beigel Award and the Reiss Theory Award.


Julia R. Heiman, PhD

Julia R. Heiman, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Clinical Psychiatry at Indiana University in the USA. From 2004-2013, she served as the Director of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.  Dr. Heiman’s career has focused on understanding patterns of sexuality from an integrated psychosocial-biomedical perspective.  She previously co-founded and directed the University of Washington Reproductive and Sexual Medicine Clinic to address sexual problems in men, women and couples.  Dr. Heiman has published broadly in the area of sex research on male and female sexual function and dysfunction, with her primary interests being psychophysiological components of sexual arousal patterns, measurement of sexual response, sexual dysfunction treatment, sexuality and health, and sexual and relationship correlates of histories of childhood sexual and physical abuse. Her most recent work has focused on collaborations through The Kinsey Institute as part of its mission of “Advancing Sexual Health and Knowledge Worldwide”. Dr. Heiman has also served as President of the International Academy of Sex Research, the American Board of Family Psychology, and Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Review of Sex Research (2000-2004). In 2011 she edited a special issue of the journal Hormones and Behavior on “Sexual Arousal” with Donald Pfaff at Rockefeller University.  She has earned a number of awards including the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society of the Scientific Study of Sex (2001), the Richard J. Cross Award (2006), the SSTAR Masters & Johnson Award (2006), the Gold Medal Award from the World Association of Sexual Health (2009) and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2012).