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Melanie J. Davis, MEd, PhD, CSC, CSE, CSES

  • Adjunct Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality

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Programs I Teach

Education

  • PhD, Human Sexuality Education (2010)
    Widener University (PA)
  • MEd, Human Sexuality Education (2007)
    Widener University (PA)
  • BA, Mass Communications (1982)
    California State University, Hayward (CA)

About Me

I joined the Center for Human Sexuality Studies adjunct faculty in 2011, while also working as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education Program Manager. I am the author of OWL for Older Adults and Sexuality and Our Faith, a Companion to OWL for Grades 7-9, 2nd ed. 
I am a founding partner in the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness, through which I provide sexuality counseling and education practice for teens and adults and work collaboratively with an OB/Gyn and sex therapist.
I am an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor, Educator, and Educator Supervisor.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sexuality and aging
  • Older adults and body image
  • Lifespan sexuality education

Research Interests

  • Dissertation: Sexuality Education as Perceived by Physicians and Therapists: An Assessment of Attitudes about and Interest in Referring Patients to Sexuality Educators 
  • Correlations Among Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9 and the National Sexuality Education Standards for Core Content and Skills, K-12. Boston, MA: Unitarian Universalist Association (2013).

Publications

  • Davis, M. (2019). Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults. York, J. (Ed.), Boston, MA: Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ.
  • Davis, M., Morriss, M.E., and Agate, J. (2015). Sexuality and Our Faith Companion to Our Whole Lives Grades 7-9 (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ.
  • Davis. M. and Glick, K. (2019). Networking, Mentoring, Collaborating, and Risk-Taking: A Four-Strand Approach to Sexuality Leadership. In James Wadley (Ed.), Sexuality Leadership, Empowerment, and Consultation. Melbourne, Australia: Routlege/Taylor & Francis.
  • Davis, M., Donahue, M., and Hersh, J. (2018). Supervising Referral Relationships. In James Wadley and Richard Siegel (Eds.), The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision.  Melbourne, Australia: Routlege/Taylor & Francis.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists 
  • Advanced Sexuality Educators and Trainers
  • Liberal Religious Educators Association
  • Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University (founding member and co-president)
  • Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministries
  • Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry

Awards

  • “7 Sex Educators Who Are Totally Rocking it,” www.refinery29.com (2016)
  • Health and Wellness Education and Awareness Award nominee, Safer Sex for Seniors, Lions Health (2014)
  • Emerging Professional Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (2007)