Our Editorial Board encompasses a range of disciplines, perspectives, and professionals whose research, teaching, and practice embrace positive sexuality. Our goal is to have a diverse board that represents the diversity of the Journal of Positive Sexuality.

Founding Editors:

DJ Williams, Idaho State University. Dr. Williams is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose work intersects social work, leisure sciences, sexual science, and critical criminology.

Emily E. Prior, Center for Positive Sexuality. Professor Prior’s work focuses on sexuality, gender, feminism, identity and representation, deviance, marginalized subcultures, and social problems, using mixed methods and multi-discipline research.


Brad Sagarin, Northern Illinois University, Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS). Dr. Sagarin is a professor of social and evolutionary psychology at Northern Illinois University where he studies social influence, human sexuality, and statistics.


Associate Editors:

Liam Wignall, Bournemouth University, Psychology. Dr. Wignall uses qualitative research methods to explore the identities and experiences of non-heterosexual individuals related to: kink, BDSM, and fetishes; pornography consumption; drag subcultures; non-exclusive sexualities; and sexual consent. He draws on theories from psychology, sociology and cultural studies, focusing on the impact of the internet and the role of community participation for these individuals. He is a member of the International Academy of Sex Researchers and International Society for Sexual medicine, and serves on the British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Sexualities committee. He is also editor for the Psychology of Sexualities Review and associate editor for Psychology & Sexuality and Journal of Positive Sexuality.

Production Editors:

Karen Sabbah,¬†California State University at Northridge. Professor Sabbah’s work focuses on sexuality, gender, crime, race & ethnicity, and social problems.

James R. Fleckenstein, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Mr. Fleckenstein is a researcher, educator, and coach in private practice.  His research interests encompass all aspects of non-exclusive and nontraditional relationships, including their effects on the health and well-being of participants.

Editorial Board:

Aleah Poncini, Director, and Innovator of the Didel Institute for Scientific Research and Development. Ms. Poncini’s research interests include advanced mathematics, theoretical physics, vampire studies, BDSM, and gifted and talented education.

Apryl Alexander, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research and clinical interests include human sexuality, sexual offending, trauma-informed and culturally-informed practice, and social justice and advocacy.

Daniel Copulsky, University of California Santa Cruz. Mr. Copulsky studies marginalized sexualities and relationships, with a focus on LGBTQIA+, kink/BDSM, and nonmonogamous identities.

Dave Holmes, University of Ottawa. Dr. Holmes is a Professor of Nursing and an Associate Dean at University of California Irvine, and a former Canada Research Chair in Forensic Nursing. His work focuses on poststructural theory, healthcare and sexuality issues, and sociopolitical issues in nursing.

Jennifer A. Vencill, Mayo Clinic, MN. Dr. Vencill has research and clinical expertise in counseling psychology with an emphasis on sexuality. Her work has focused on women’s sexual health and LGBTQ issues, respectively.

John Edgar Browning, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Dr. Browning holds degrees in American Studies and English, and his research interests include horror, the Gothic, film, television, ethnography, critical media literacy, popular culture, disability, LGBTQ+, deviance, subcultures, and cultural teratology.

D. Joye Swan, Woodbury University. Dr. Swan’s research looks at sexual risk-taking in intimate relationships as well as perceptions of nonheterosexual and nonmonogamous sexual relationships.

Kat Klement, Bemidji State University. Dr. Kat Klement is an assistant professor of psychology of women and gender and the co-founder/co-director of the Northwoods Queer Outreach.

Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, California State University Northridge. Dr. Capous-Desyllas has expertise in the areas of queer theory, feminist theory, arts-based methods, sex work, and social justice.

Richard Sprott, CARAS. Dr. Sprott is the Executive Director for the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS), and he is also affiliated with the California State University system. His research includes work on the impact of stigma and prejudice on interactions between clinicians and members of stigmatized groups.

R. Todd Hartle, Irvine, California. Dr. Hartle holds degrees in anthropology, psychology, ecology, and tertiary biology education. He has expertise in education research, academic learning support, and program evaluation.

William B. Strean, University of Alberta. Dr. Strean is a 3M National Teaching Fellow (Canada). His expertise includes play, games, and fun in various learning environments; practice issues in performance psychology; and somatic and ontological approaches to performance enhancement.

Zaedryn Rook, Oakland, California. Mx. Rook is a writer and editor focused on the personal, relational, and institutional systems of power. They study social justice, the science of the energy body, trauma recovery, and dominance and submission

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