Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior

The Institute is currently recruiting for all fellowships. For more information, please contact Dr. Kristen Mark.

The Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior is a two-year program that provides training in the general area of sexual therapy with a particular emphasis in compulsive and out-of-control sexual behavior. This fellowship focuses on expanding access to care and advancing research to better understand, diagnose, and treat the compulsive and out-of-control sexual behavior.

The fellowship will support postdoctoral fellows who are interested in a career that combines clinical and scholarly endeavors in the area of compulsive sexual behavior.

Fellows of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health with an emphasis in Compulsive Sexual Behavior spend 40% of their time conducting research projects under faculty supervision, with a goal of presenting results at a scientific conference or preparing an article for publication. They spend 60% of their time providing clinical care focused on compulsive and out-of-control sexual behavior as well as treating a variety of sexual and gender health conditions, under the supervision of experienced professionals.

The goals for the fellowship program, with a combined 40% research/60% clinical care model are to:

  • Provide up-to-date training in the assessment and treatment of a variety of sexual and gender concerns
  • Provide more in-depth and up-to-date training in the assessment and treatment of compulsive sexual behavior
  • Provide education to medical students, family medicine residents on topics such as sex history taking, basic counseling skills for sexual and gender problems and concerns. 
  • Engage in scholarly activity (40% of your time) that advances skills in research design, analysis, report writing, and presentation in the area of compulsive sexual behavior

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Past Fellows

Itor Finotelli, PhD: 2019 - 2021
Janna Dickenson, PhD: 2017 - 2019

Doug Braun-Harvey

Doug Braun-Harvey

This fellowship is named for Doug Braun-Harvey, a sexual health psychotherapist who bridges sexual and mental health for men with out-of-control sexual behavior (OCSB). He is a national and international trainer who bridges principles of sexual health within drug and alcohol treatment, mental health care, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and Certified Sex Therapist (AASECT Certified). His private practice is in San Diego, California.

In 2013, Doug and his husband Albert Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, whose mission is to integrate sexual health conversations within health and human services. They have provided initial funding for the fellowship.

Current Fellow

Dr. Ryan Rahm-Knigge

Ryan Rahm-Knigge is the current Doug Braun Harvey Postdoctoral Fellow in Compulsive Sexual Behavior. Dr. Rahm-Knigge’s research and clinical interests focus on the effects of individual differences on health-risk sexual behavior and compulsive sexual behavior.