Don Dyson, Ph.D., M.S.S., CSE

dadyson@mail.widener.edu :: 610-499-4263

Associate Dean, School of Human Service Professions; Director, Center for Human Sexuality Studies; Associate Professor


B.A. Communications/Speech & Theatre, Eastern University

M.S.S. Clinical Social Work, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Ph.D. Human Sexuality, University of Pennsylvania

Dissertation: Implicit Intimacy Motivation as a Correlate to Unprotected Receptive Intercourse

AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE)

Specialty Areas: Best practice in training sexologists, implicit motivation, ethics in sexology, cultural pluralism.

Courses: HSED 592: Concepts in Human Sexuality; HSED 593: Behavioral Foundations of Human Sexuality, HSED 594: History and Ethics in Human Sexuality; HSED 625: Human Sexuality for the Education & Counseling Professional I, HSED 626: Human Sexuality for the Education & Counseling Professional II; HSED 718: Sensitive Issues in Human Sexuality; HSED 643: Theories of Development and Education in Human Sexuality; HSED 645: Sexual Minorities; HSED 588: Kinesthetic Teaching in Human Sexuality; HSED 690: Practicum in Sexuality Education; ED 510: Educational Research.

Career Summary: Dr. Dyson began his career with as a clinical social worker specializing in work with adolescents and their families. In this role he discovered how poorly most helping professionals understood and dealt with sexuality. While pursuing his Doctorate, he began working with an HIV service organization in Delaware first as their Teen Services Coordinator and then as Director of Education. He expanded his sexuality work as Director of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood of Delaware where he worked with faith and community groups and developed the only AmeriCorps service grant to ever be awarded directly to a Planned Parenthood affiliate (TEENCorps). After leaving Planned Parenthood, he worked for Cicatelli Associates in NYC as a Senior Trainer and Project Director for a number of national and regional training grants including projects for Title X and domestic abuse prevention. From New York City he moved to Trenton, where he worked as the Director of Training for the State of New Jersey STD Prevention Program. There he developed a statewide coalition of sexuality educators and trainers. At Widener, Dr. Dyson began his work in 1997 while completing his Doctorate at U. Penn, adjunct teaching for the Center for Social Work Education. He was a consistent adjunct instructor for both Social Work and Human Sexuality until he left the State of NJ in 2005 to take a full-time position at Widener. He served as Interim Director of the HSED Program in 2006-2007. Currently he spends his time teaching and doing research as well as working with National sexuality organizations.