Human Sexuality with a concentration in Clinical Practice or Sexuality Policy Leadership

Classes for the inaugural cohort begin in Fall 2014.

Please note, the Priority Application deadline has passed, however we are accepting applications on rolling basis for Fall 2014 until JULY 1st, 2014. So please get your applications in ASAP as we may fill the cohort before this deadline.

The new PhD program in Human Sexuality begins with the inaugural cohort in the Fall semester 2014. This program is unique in providing a comprehensive doctorate in the interdisciplinary field of human sexuality, with concentrations in human sexuality and clinical practice, and in human sexuality and policy leadership. Bringing together clinicians and policy leaders creates a dynamic learning environment that expands holistic sexual literacy knowledge and skills to create individual and societal change. Foundational courses address theory, methodology, data analysis, and clinical policy implications. This program is committed to clinical and policy exploration of all human beings (LGBTQ people, heterosexual women, and heterosexual men), in the most diverse and fluid spectrum of sexual and gender variations across the life course, including desires and orientations, identities, behaviors and expressions. This includes individual psychosexual development and functioning, intimate relationships, families, spirituality, and well-being, as reflected in sexual, gender and reproductive health, rights, and policies in the United States and globally.


A small cohort is admitted annually, providing a dynamic, small-group experience. This state of the art program consists of two years of coursework, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation. The program, designed for working professionals, begins with an intensive multiday retreat followed by weekend retreats and online work throughout the year. Our program offers comprehensive knowledge, clinical and policy skillsets, cutting-edge scientific research and community engagement with diverse populations. The doctorate includes a dissertation based on original research, as well as deep immersion in the clinical and/or policy realms through intensive clinical proseminars and policy traineeships.


This program aims to shape the inter-professional dialogue between clinical practitioners and sexuality policy leaders in the 21st century. Fundamental to the vision of this program is the infusion of existing areas of diversity such as ethnicity, race, gender, social class, ability, and national origin. Foundational courses address theory, methodology, data analysis, and clinical and policy implications of core issues, including culture, sexual socialization, and the spectrum of sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual expression, rights and policies, and women’s sexual and reproductive issues in the context of social justice.