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Don Dyson PhD, MSS

Associate Professor

  • PhD Human Sexuality 2004

    University of Pennsylvania (PA)

  • MSS Clinical Social Work 1995

    Bryn Mawr College (PA)

  • BA Communications: Speech & Theater 1993

    Eastern University (PA)

  • HSED 643 Theories of Development and Education in Human Sexuality

  • HSED 831 Literature in Human Sexuality

  • HSED 661 Kinesthetic Teaching in Sexuality Education

My research agenda has three major prongs:
1. Best Practices in the Training of Sexologists—This research seeks to identify and investigate evidence-based practice in the training of sexologists and the ways that practice is applied in the field.

2.Intercultural Issues in Sexuality Education & Training—A subset of the above, this research explores how complex understandings of culture inform the delivery of sexuality education across a wide spectrum of audiences, situations, and content.

3. Identity Intersections in Sexology—This research thread explores the ways in which individual identity markers affect the delivery of sexuality education and sex therapy for both the educator/therapist and the recipient of those services.

Selected Awards

  • Friend of Residence Life Award, Widener University, 2010

  • The Schiller Prize, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, 2008

  • Community Advocate Award, Alliance for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention in Delaware, 1999

Selected Publications

  • Sitron, J.A., & Dyson, D.A. (2012). Validation of sexological worldview: A construct for use in the training of sexologists in sexual diversity. Sage Open, 2(1), 1–16.

  • Dyson, D.A., & Satterly, B.A. (2009). Self-disclosure in the classroom: A practical user's guide for sexuality educators. In E. Schroeder & J. Kuriansky (Eds.), Sexuality education: Past, present, and future (sex, love, and psychology), volume 3. Westport, CT: Praeger Press.

  • Dyson, D. & Turner, Y. (2011). Faith Boxes: Training human service providers to address faith beliefs. American Journal of Sexuality Education.

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sexuality Educator; Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)