Sandra R. Leiblum, PhD


Sandra R. Leiblum, Ph.D. is a leading authority in sex therapy. She has published more than 130 clinical and research studies, and has edited ten books, including:
- 'Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy'  (now in its fourth edition),
- 'Sexual Desire Disorders',
- 'Erectile Disorders: Assessment and Treatment', and
- 'Case Studies in Sex Therapy'.

"In my private practice, I specialize in helping individuals and couples resolve issues concerning sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction, depression, anxiety, relationship distress and conflict, sexual compulsivity or addiction, gender or sexual orientation or psychological or sexual problems related to cancer, menopause, andropause or infertility.

"I am open and respectful of the diversity of human experience. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and heterosexual couples and individuals are welcomed.

"Additionally, I offer supervision and case consultation to mental health and medical professionals as well as workshops and talks on a variety of issues relevant to sexuality, women's health, and aging."

Contact Information

email: sleiblum@gmail.com

phone/fax: (908) 685-1784

She is currently in private practice in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and is Director of Psychological Services at the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness in Bedminster, NJ.

View Dr. Leiblum's Curriculum Vitae

Her popular book on female sexuality entitled 'Getting the Sex You Want: A Woman's Guide to Becoming Proud, Passionate, and Pleased in Bed', written with Judith Sachs, explains how women come to either love or hate sex. It offers practical, medical, surgical, recreational, and spiritual innovations that can boost sexual desire and make sex rewarding.

For many years, Dr. Leiblum was Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology, Director of the Center for Sexual and Relational Health and Director of the Psychology Internship Program at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ.

Professional Interests

Dr. Leiblum's professional interests center on male and female sexuality, sexual compulsivity, and internet addiction.

In recent years, she has been increasingly involved in research on the effects of medical illness and menopause on female sexual function and dysfunction, the pharmacological enhancement of female sexuality, and the impact of the internet on couple relationships.

Research

Dr. Leiblum has directed a number of research studies; two in particular have attracted much recent attention. One is investigation into the causes, concomitants and treatment of persistent genital arousal disorder and the other is the aftermath of sexual abuse of boys and men by clergy.

Leadership

Dr. Leiblum is nationally and internationally known for her leadership activities in the field of human sexuality.

In October, 2000, she was elected to be the first president of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, a 900 member interdisciplinary and multi-national organization of physicians, clinicians and other health care professionals devoted to better understanding and researching female sexual function and dysfunction.

She is past president of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and a fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Activities

As a consultant to major pharmaceutical companies, Dr. Leiblum helps design and evaluate studies and research instruments to assess female sexual response.

She is a widely sought after speaker and lecturer to both lay audiences and professional groups and is committed to helping medical and mental health professionals attend to the sexual health concerns of their patients.

In addition to her expertise in sex therapy, she is an authority on the psychological issues associated with infertility and the new assisted reproductive options.

She recently edited 'Infertility: Psychological Issues and Counseling Strategies' (Wiley, l998).

She is the North American Editor of the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy and serves on the editorial boards of 4 other journals.

Awards

Dr. Leiblum has received awards and acknowledgements for her excellence in teaching at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she was on the faculty for over 30 years.

In addition to her awards for medical school teaching, she has received the "Woman Of Distinction" Award from the Middlesex County Commission on Women; the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Professional Standards of Excellence Award for professional contributions to the field of sex therapy; and the Masters and Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Sex Therapy and Research. 

Most recently, she was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award, by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, for distinguished contributions to sexuality research over a lifetime.

Site updated: January 2009




Getting the Sex You Want: A Woman's Guide to Becoming Proud, Passionate, and Pleased in Bed (ASJA Press)



Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy

These texts and Dr Leiblum's other publications are available in most bookstores and online.


ISSWSH: International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health



SSTAR: Society for Sex Therapy and Research



SSSS: Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.



BASRT: British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy



AASECT: American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists