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Stanley Althof’s Fundamental Contribution to Sex Therapy

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Stanley Althof

Professor of Psychology & Sex Therapist
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Content: Professor Stanley Althof has been enormously influential in developing sex therapy as a sub-speciality area. He has been in practice for over 40 years and specialises in treating men, women and couples with sexual and relationship problems. He influenced the way we all sexologists think and manage sex therapy and still bring brilliant contribution to innovation in the clinical approach to sexual dysfunction. In addition to clinical practice, Professor Althof is an internationally recognised researcher and scientist. His research focused on the psychosocial aspects of sexual dysfunction and its impact on people’s quality of life is always mentioned in congresses or training courses; he is a highly sought-after lecturer and travels extensively to present his research findings.

Francesca Tripodi and Evie Kirana have the privilege of conducting a friendly talk on the major scientific advances that occurred during his career, how he perceives them now, and how much expert opinion counts compared to evidence-based medicine. Professor Althof shares the clinical skills and professional decisions that played a central role in his achievements. He suggests tips on sexologists’ training, attitudes and abilities, and his perspective on what is sex therapy, overcoming the separation between theoretical psychological models.
Produced in 2022

Stanley Althof

Stanley Althof

Professor of Psychology & Sex Therapist
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Stanley E. Althof, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida and Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Althof is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), Past-President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and the Tri-State Group Psychotherapy Society. He was a Board Member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine and a Committee Chairperson of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America.
Dr. Althof has been instrumental in the development of sex therapy as a sub-specialty area. He has been in practice for over 40 years and specializes in treating men, women and couples with sexual and relationship problems.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Althof is an internationally recognized researcher and scientist. His research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of sexual dysfunction and its impact on men, women, and couples. He is the author of over 160 peer-reviewed publications and has contributed numerous chapters to leading textbooks in psychiatry, urology, and sex therapy. He is a highly sought after lecturer and travels extensively both internationally and within the United States to present his research findings.
From 2014-2016 Dr. Althof was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. He is also the Associate Editor of two books- Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals and Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction.
Dr. Althof received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He completed an internship in clinical psychology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, which was followed by additional postgraduate work at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas.

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