Speakers

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Joana Carvalho, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of Psychology at Porto University (Portugal). Carvalho is credited as a specialist in clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and sexology, by the Portuguese Board of Psychologists. She is the principal investigator of the Research Group in Human Sexuality and member of the executive board of the Centre for Psychology of Porto University, where she conducts research on the psychological factors underpinning sexual response and sexual aggression, including laboratorial sex research on the cognitive and emotional processing of consented and non-consented sexual intercourse.

Joana Carvalho
Center for Psychology of Porto University,
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Porto University
Porto, Portugal

Title of Presentation
“Women’s sexual violence of men:
myths, evidence, and implications for practice “

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Marieke Dewitte is a clinical psychologist-sexologist who had her training in Belgium and The Netherlands and completed her PhD at Ghent University, Belgium. She currently works as assistant professor at the Department of Clinical Psychological Science of the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. She teaches several courses and workshops on sexual responding at the university and in post-academic sexology trainings. Her research involves psychophysiological studies on basic mechanisms of sexual functioning, gender differences, interpersonal dynamics, dyadic interactions between partners, and attachment in relation to sexual responding. The main focus of her research is on the sexual interaction between partners. Her clinical (research) focus is on female genital pain. She also worked as sex therapist at Ghent University Hospital and now at Maastricht University Hospital. She is editor-in-chief of the Dutch Journal of Sexology and Secretary General of ESSM.

Marieke Dewitte
Assistant Professor
Department of Clinical Psychological Science
University of Maastricht
The Netherlands

Title of Presentation
“Sex, Love and Corona”

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Sam is a clinical sexologist and psychotherapist connected to the PXL University College of Aplied Arts and Sciences’ Healthcare Department, where he lectures on sexual health, counselling sklills and ethics. As a clinician he is connected to the Outpatient Center for Sexual Health at the Sint Fransiscus Hospital in Heusden-Belgium where he counsels patients/couples with divers sexual problems.

Sam Geuens
Clinical Sexologist – Solution Focused Psychotherapist
Dpt. of Healthcare – PXL Uni. College of Applied Arts & Sciences
Outpatient Center for Sexual Health – St Franciscus Hosp. Heusden
Belgium

Title of Presentation
“Solution Focused SexTherapy”

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Youn Frederiksen
MSc. Ph.D. Ass. professor,
clinical psychologist and
EFS-ESSM
certified psychosexologist

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Xenia Ntoni Fynbo studied Psychology in Hungary (B.A) and in Greece (Dipl.Psych) (1996). She obtained a MSc in Music Psychology in UK (2000) and she accomplished a postgraduate degree in Cognitive Psychotherapy (2006). Xenia worked for 5 years at the Hellenic Sexological Institute in Athens, and she accomplished a 2-year postgraduate course in Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychosexual Disorders (2010). She moved to Denmark, where she completed a 2-year postgraduate course in clinical sexology and she became Specialist in Clinical Sexology in 2014. Xenia is recognized as a European Certified Psychosexologist (EFS -ESSM), and she works at the Sexological Unit of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. She is committee member of the Scandinavian Society of Sexual Medicine as well as member of the European Psychosexology Accreditation Committee (E.P.S.A.).

Xenia Ntoni Fynbo
Authorised Psychologist &
Specialist in clinical sexology
European Certified Psychosexologist,
Committee member of SSSM

Title of Presentation
“Searching for a partner: Online VS Live

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Alain Giami (PhD) is currently Emeritus Research Professor at the Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research) in Paris. He is chair of the Scientific Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health and Associate editor of the journal “Sexologies : European Journal of Sexology and sexual health”. He is currently serving as member of the Advisory Committee of the “Centre Maurice Chalumeau en sciences des sexualités” (Université de Genève). His new book co-edited with Sharman Levinson “Histories of Sexology : Between Science and Politics” (Palgrave Macmillan) will be published in Spring 2021.

Alain Giami, PhD
Directeur de recherche émérite à l’INSERM/
Emeritus Research Professor at INSERM
Chair : World Association of Sexual Health/
Scientific Committee

Title of Presentation
“Beyond sexual rights : Political and Epistemic Foundations of Sexual Justice”

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Professor Annamaria Giraldi is Senior Consultant in Psychiatry in the Sexological Clinic at Psychiatric Center Copenhagen and Professor in Clinical Sexology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where she also received her medical degree and PhD. Professor Giraldi has been involved in the field of sexual medicine for many years, educating medical students, nurses, physicians and psychologists in sexual medicine. Professor Giraldi has been involved in basic research on vascular and smooth muscle function in male and female sexual responses, clinical research on the pharmacological treatment of erectile dysfunction and female sexual desire and arousal disorders as well as in research on somatic disease, psychiatric problems and sexuality. Clinically Professor Giraldi works with men, women and couples with sexual dysfunctions and has worked with transgender care. Her special academic and clinical interest is disease and sexual function and dysfunction Professor Giraldi has published more than 100 papers, editorials and book chapters in the field of male and female sexual medicine. She is past Deputy Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Past President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and President of the International Society for Sexual Medicine.

Annamaria Giraldi
Professor, MD, PhD
Sexological Clinic, Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen
Department of Clinical Medicie, University of Copenhagen
Denmark

Title of Presentation
“Why do women have orgasm?”

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Goran Koletić, PhD, is a teaching assistant at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Recent (and ongoing) research projects have included assessments of the impact of pornography exposure on sexual risk taking among adolescents, online sexual activities among (emerging) adults, and psychosocial factors of young people’ sexual and reproductive health.

Goran Koletić, PhD
PhD;
Teaching assistant at the Department of Sociology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Zagreb

Title of Presentation
“Pornography Use and Sexual Risk Taking in Adolescence: An Overview of Recent Empirical Insights and Current Challenges”

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Anna van der Miesen is a medical doctor in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria of the Amsterdam UMC, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She combines her clinical work with gender diverse and neurodiverse/autistic children, adolescents, and young adults with research on the intersections of gender diversity, neurodiversity, and mental health. Dr. van der Miesen’s recent work has focused on community-based participatory approaches, partnering with gender-diverse, sexually diverse, and neurodiverse stakeholders to set research priorities and interpret study findings.

Anna van der Miesen
M.D. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria
Amsterdam UMC
VU University Medical Center

Title of Presentation
“Community-based participatory research with autistic transgender young adults”

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Master’s Degree in Psychology at Sapienza University of Rome with honours (110/110 cum laude) and Ph.D. with mark of excellence in Dynamic and Clinical Psychology. Currently, PostDoc Researcher and Lecturer at the Dept. of Dynamic, Clinical and Health Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome in the field of Clinical Psycho-Sexology. Trained Psychologist , Sex-Educator and Lecturer at the Institute of Clinical Sexology of Rome. Chairman of the Youth Committee of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS) since 2014. Main research interests: 1) New trends in sexual behaviour and risk taking (e.g., Chemsex) 2) Sexual response models, in particular on sexual desire; 3) Sexual health and sexual education.

Dott. Filippo M. Nimbi
PhD, PsyD and ECPS,
Lecturer and PostDoc researcher at
Dept. of Dynamic, Clinical and Health Psychology;
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Title of Presentation
“New highlights in sexual fantasies”

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She earned her european doctorate in 2012 and is currently an assistant professor in Lusofona University in Lisbon where she is the deputy Director of the PhD In Cognitive Behavioral Clinical Psychology. Patrícia M. Pascoal is a member of the advisory board of the World Association for Sexual Health where she also integrates the scientific committee and is vice-chair of the world sexual health day committee. She is currently the President of the Portuguese Society of Clinical Psychology and the Vice-Chair of the Education Committee of the International Society for Sexual Medicine. Patrícia M. Pascoal is the Deputy Editor-in -Chief of Sexual Medicine (open access).

Patricia M. Pascoal, Ph.D
Universidade Lusófona,
Lisboa,
Portugal

Title of Presentation
“Promoting citizenship and sexual rights among migrants in Portugal: a Delphi consensus for the reduction of sexual and reproductive inequalities”

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Hester Pastoor (1973), MSc, graduated in 3 masters in The Netherlands: Clinical & Health Psychology, Personality Psychology and Clinical Epidemiology. In Belgium she graduated in a Sexology master and a postgraduate in Systemic Psychotherapy. She is registered as sexologist-ECPS, psychotherapist and systemic therapist; co-director of the Sexology Program in Amsterdam and the ESSM Advanced Course. Finally, she is president of the Dutch Scientific Society of Sexology. Since 2000 she works in clinical sexology and sexual medicine as a therapist, teacher and researcher; currently at Erasmus UMC in Rotterdam. In 2022 she finishes her PhD on PCOS and sexual function.

Hester Pastoor
M.D. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria
Amsterdam UMC
VU University Medical Center

Title of Presentation
“Workshop Transference and countertransference: how to recognise and work with it “

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He is co-director of ESSM School of Sexual Medicine, honorary and visiting Professor for urology of the Russian Federal Institute of Urology in Moscow and of the Shanghai Institute of Andrology of the Medical School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Past-President of the ESSM, Past-President of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee on Sexual Medicine (MJCSM), for which he receives Silver Decoration of Honour from the UEMS. Co-editor of ESSM Manual of Sexual Medicine, EFS-ESSM syllabus of Clinical Sexology, Cancer Intimacy and Sexuality and published more than 70 articles in peer reviewed journals. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1513-6360

Y. (Cobi) Reisman MD, PhD, FECSM, ECPS
Urologist and Sexologist
Medical Director Flare-Health
Amstelveen and Senior lecturer of Clinical Sexology
at the RINO-Amsterdam, Netherlands

Title of Presentation
“Sex Toys in Clinical Practice”

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Ann Rousseau is a postdoc at the University of Leuven (Belgium). During her PhD she examined associations between early adolescents’ exposure to sexualizing media content and their body image and sexual development. Special attention was given to the role of peers in this relationship. Her postdoc project aims to examine the role of interpersonal communication in media effects. More specifically, it focuses on the role of peer communication in adolescents’ reliance on, processing, interpretation, and use of media content.

Ann Rousseau
PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
at Leuven School for Mass Communication Research
KU Leuven, Leuven
Belgium

Title of Presentation
“Problematic Pornography Use among Male Adolescents”

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Dr Elna Rudolph is a medical doctor and has been working in the field of sexual medicine since 2010. She is the founder and clinical head of My Sexual Health as well as My Sexual Health SHOP. She was the first doctor in South Africa to obtain a Higher Diploma in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine through the Colleges of Medicine in South Africa and obtained a Master’s Degree in Sexual Health through the University of Sydney, Australia. She was also one of the first Fellows of the European Committee for Sexual Medicine – the highest attainable, internationally recognized qualification in Sexual Medicine. Dr Elna Rudolph is also an Executive Board Member and Director of the South African Sexual Health Association (SASHA) and the Chair of the Membership Committee, as well as Regional Secretary for Africa of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). Dr Rudollph has published her work in the prestigious International Journal for Sexual Medicine of which she is also a reviewer; she has written various chapters in textbooks and has been invited to speak at international conferences all over the world. Dr Elna Rudolph has made numerous media contributions including online, print, television and radio. Some of her media contributions can be seen on her blog. She is also the Sexual Health Consultant for Femagene as well as Velobiotics.

Dr Elna Rudolph
Clinical Head of My Sexual Health
Medical Doctor and Sexologist

Title of Presentation
“The ethics of sexual practice”