Members of Advisory Council, 2017
Aaron Belkin, PhD
Aaron Belkin, PhD, is a scholar, author, activist and dancer. He has written and edited more than twenty five scholarly articles, chapters and books, the most recent of which is a study of contradictions in American warrior masculinity and the ways in which smoothing over those contradictions makes U.S. empire seem unproblematic. The book, titled Bring Me Men, was first published by Columbia University Press in 2012 and then picked up by Oxford University Press in 2013.
Since 1999, Belkin has served as founding director of the Palm Center, which the Advocate named as one of the most effective gay rights organizations in the nation. He designed and implemented much of the public education campaign that eroded popular support for military anti-gay discrimination, and when "don’t ask, don’t tell" was repealed, the president of the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund observed that, “this day never would have arrived (or it would have been a much longer wait) without the persistent, grinding work of the Michael Palm Center.”
Belkin serves as professor of political science at San Francisco State University, where he teaches a lecture course on delusion and paranoia in American politics. His awards include the Freedom Award from Beth Chayim Chadashim, the oldest LGBT synagogue in the world, and the Monette-Horwitz Award from the estate of National Book Award Winner Paul Monette. In 2011, he was a Grand Marshal in San Francisco’s LGBT Pride Parade.
Anita Clayton, MD
Dr. Anita Clayton is the David C. Wilson Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, with a secondary appointment as professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. She is board certified in psychiatry and neurology.
Dr. Clayton’s research has melded women’s mental health and sexual function, primarily involving mood disorders associated with reproductive-life events in women, sexual dysfunction related to illness and medications, and treatment of sexual disorders. She developed and validated several sexual functioning assessment tools including the Changes in Sexual Functioning Questionnaire (CSFQ), available in more than 75 languages, the Sexual Interest and Desire Inventory (SIDI-F), and the Decreased Sexual Desire Screener (DSDS). She co-edited Women’s Mental Health: A Comprehensive Textbook, and is the author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy.
Dr. Clayton was President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), served as Co-Chair of the 3rd International Consultation on Sexual Medicine (Women’s Section) in 2009, and as Vice-Chair for Women’s Sexual Health for the 4th ICSM held in Madrid, Spain in 2015. She serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy and Women’s Health, and served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
Betsy Crane, PhD
Betsy Crane, PhD, is Professor, Center for Human Sexuality Studies, Widener University, Chester, PA. She served as Director of Graduate Programs in Human Sexuality at Widener from 2007-2012, shepherding growth that led to its becoming its own unit where there are now 350 graduate students enrolled in Masters or PhD programs in Human Sexuality. She brings expertise in both sexuality education as well as leadership studies, particularly as relates to nonprofit management. Betsy earned an MA in Communications with a concentration in Mental Health Education from University of Texas in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Human Service Studies from Cornell University in 2000. Recently, Crane was awarded Distinguished University Professor, 2014-17 from Widener University for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service.
Previously she worked for 17 years as a sexuality educator, first as a public health family planning outreach worker, then as Education Director and later Executive Director for Planned Parenthood in Ithaca, NY. She is co-editor of Sexual Lives: A Reader on the Theories and Realities of Human Sexualities (Heasley & Crane, McGraw-Hill, 2003). Her research interests include the history of gendered sexuality and shifting gender and sexual identities of young people, as well as strengths-based empowerment practice in human services.
Dr. Crane is past president of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and of the Eastern Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Bernard Harlow, PhD
Bernard Harlow, PhD, has a broad background in epidemiologic studies of female reproductive and gynecologic disorders. His research has focused on studies of malignant and borderline ovarian tumors, adverse obstetrical outcomes, premature menopause, and benign gynecological complications, particularly those arising in women suffering from childhood victimization and a variety of psychiatric disorders. He has made substantial methodological advancements in data collection, particularly with respect to studies of severe mood disorder and reproductive function, and studies of the prevalence and etiological predictors of chronic unexplained vulvar pain disorders. Currently, Dr. Harlow is the Principal Investigator, in collaboration with Dr. John Connett at the University of Minnesota, as head of the Scientific and Data Coordinating Center for a NIH-NIDDK multi-centered consortium that will launch descriptive, observational and clinical-based studies related to the wide spectrum of lower urinary tract syndromes in women. In addition to his research, his commitment to training is illustrated by the fact that about a third of his articles are in the mentorship role of doctoral and postdoctoral students, clinical fellows, and junior faculty members.
Prior to his appointment at Boston University, he was a Mayo Professor of Epidemiology and Chair of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School Of Public Health for nearly 10 years. He also spent 18 years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Schools of Medicine and Public Health where he holds adjunct appointments.
Nationally, Dr. Harlow is the former Chair of the Infectious Disease, Reproductive, Asthma and Pulmonary (IRAP) NIH study section, has served on many ad-hoc NIH and CDC grant-review committees, and is currently an associate editor for the American Journal of Epidemiology. Here at the University of Minnesota, he serves on the advisory committee for the Powell Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, as Research Director for the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) NIH Institutional Career Development Program, and he directs the Populations and Community Engagement Core of the Center for Translational Sciences Institute.
Colleen Hoff, PhD
Colleen Hoff, PhD, a Clinical Psychologist is a Professor of Sexuality Studies and Director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality. Professor Hoff has worked extensively in the field of HIV Prevention by developing and implementing community level, social network, group and individual intervention trials aimed at reducing sexual risk among gay men. She was a co-investigator on two different studies aimed at promoting female condom use among sexually active women in the Bay Area. Professor Hoff is currently the Principal Investigator of a large scale couples study that focuses on agreements gay male couples make about sex with outside partners. Her particular interest is in the nuances of the negotiations and what factors support and hinder safety from HIV. Professor Hoff is also an AASECT certified sex therapist and keeps a small private practice where she works with couples and individuals facing sexual problems. Professor Hoff has published several journal articles presented findings at several professional conferences in the area of AIDS prevention and sexual health.
Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Mary Jo Kreitzer PhD, RN, FAAN is the founder and director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, where she also serves as a tenured professor in the School of Nursing. Within the School of Nursing, Dr. Kreitzer is the co-lead of the doctorate of nursing practice program in integrative health and healing.
She has served as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of numerous clinical trials focusing on mindfulness meditation with persons with chronic disease including studies focusing on solid organ transplant, cardiovascular disease, chronic insomnia, diabetes, and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Current studies include the role of mindfulness in improving human brain-computer interface; the use of social technology to enhance healing and wellbeing; nursing leadership in integrative health and healing; and mindful movement for physical activity and wellbeing in older adults.
From 2004-2007, Dr. Kreitzer served as the vice-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. In 2009, Dr. Kreitzer testified at a US Senate hearing titled “Integrative Health: Pathway to Health Reform” as well as the Institute of Medicine Summit titled “Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public.” Dr. Kreitzer regularly presents to practitioner and public audiences as well as at academic and healthcare conferences. She has authored more than 150 publications, and is the co-editor of the text Integrative Nursing published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. The second edition of Integrative Nursing will be published in 2018.
Dr. Kreitzer earned her doctoral degree in public health focused on health services research, policy and administration, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing.
Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD
Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD, is a leading researcher and national expert on sex offender policy and intervention particularly as applied to juvenile offenders. She is an Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University where she has led an effort to increase policy-relevant research on prevention of sexual offending and child sexual abuse. Her federally funded research projects have included numerous projects specifically designed to examine the effects of sex offender registration and public notification policies and the largest randomized clinical trial to date examining treatment effectiveness for juveniles who sexually offended. Dr. Letourneau has also conducted clinical trials research with other high-risk juvenile populations, including substance abusing youth and youth with poorly controlled HIV.
Rory Reid, PhD
Rory Reid, PhD’s primary areas of interest evolve around working with patients seeking help for impulse control disorders, including hypersexual behavior, pathological gambling, and substance-related disorders. He has published numerous articles on these topics in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Additionally, Dr. Reid is developing clinical support tools for assessment, diagnosis, and the treatment of hypersexuality. He was the principal investigator for the DSM-5 field trial for Hypersexual Disorder. Dr. Reid is also conducting outcome research looking at using Mindfulness as an intervention for hypersexual behavior and pathological gambling with a neuroimaging component assessing structural and functional brain connectivity associated with this treatment approach. He is also part of the Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program.