Heather Howard is an AASECT-certified sexuality counselor and educator with a clinical concentration in pelvic, sexual, and chronic pain.
Heather Howard, PhD, MPH, is an AASECT-certified sexuality counselor and educator with a clinical concentration in pelvic, sexual, and chronic pain. She founded the Center for Sexual Health and Rehabilitation to help clients meet their sexual and intimate goals, and developed the Ergœrotics process to promote comfortable pleasure.
In addition to her private practice work, Heather is developing a series of educational videos to help patients with chronic health conditions to find comfortable pleasure, as well as a library of ergonomic sexual positions to assist health care providers with making clinical recommendations to patients. She is also conducting funded research with Somali and Swahili speakers entitled "A Culturally-Informed Educational Program to Promote Sexual Health and Well-Being Among Refugee Women."
Heather serves as an adjunct professor in the Human Sexuality PhD program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), the Membership Chair of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH), a reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and a Continuing Education (CE) Provider for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). She is formerly a clinical skills instructor for the Stanford School of Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology Department and for the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley (1993), her MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business (1995), and her PhD and MPH in human sexuality from IASHS (2008, 2012). She trained in Voice Dialogue and the psychology of the selves at the New York Voice Dialogue Institute and the Australian Institute for Relational Training.