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Faculty & Clinical Staff

Eli Coleman, PhD, director
Michael Miner, PhD, director of research
Bean Robinson, PhD, clinic medical director
Dianne Berg, PhD
Jamie Feldman, MD, PhD
Lauren Fogel, PsyD
Cesar A. Gonzalez, PhD
Alex Iantaffi, PhD
Philip Jai Johnson, PhD
Anne McBean, MA
Lisa Miles, CNM, NP
Sara Mize, PhD
Rose Munns, PsyD
Nancy Raymond, MD
Katie Spencer, PhD
Rebecca Stinson, PhD
Bill Stayton, PhD
Brenna Wernersbach, PhD
Brian Zamboni, PhD

Eli Coleman, PhD, director, is professor and Chair in Sexual Health. He is the author of numerous articles and books on compulsive sexual behavior, sexual offenders, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, chemical dependency, family intimacy, and the psychological and pharmacological treatment of a variety of sexual dysfunctions and disorders. Coleman is the founding editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism and is the founding and current editor of the International Journal of Sexual Health. He is past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association), and the World Association for Sexual Health. He is the current president of the International Academy for Sex Research. He has been a frequent technical consultant on sexual health issues to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (the regional office of WHO). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Award for his role as senior scientist on Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, released in 2001. He was given the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Alfred E. Kinsey Award by the Midcontinent Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Gold Medal for his lifetime contributions to the field of sexual health by the World Association for Sexual Health and was appointed the first endowed Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In May of 2009, he was awarded the Masters and Johnson Award by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.  In May of 2011, he received the John Money Award from the Eastern Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Michael Miner, PhD, director of research, is a professor, licensed psychologist, and coordinator of forensic assessments. His areas of research include treatment of sex offenders, etiology of sexual abuse, and compulsive sexual behavior. Miner’s research has been funded by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Justice. Beyond his primary research, Miner serves as co-investigator on many federal grants due to his expertise in research design and statistics. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on sex offender treatment, forensic assessment, instrument development, and evaluation methodology. His clinical work includes sex offender treatment, relationship and sexual dysfunction, and HIV counseling. Miner is an associate editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment and he is past vice president of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and Representative at Large to the Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers from 2006-2011. Miner received his PhD from St. Louis University.

Bean Robinson, PhD, clinic medical director, is an associate professor, licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and coordinator of Relationship and Sex Therapy. The focus of her professional activities has been in the psychology of human sexuality and sexual health, treatment outcome research/effectiveness, and obesity and body image. Her current area of emphasis within human sexuality is exploring and developing sexual health via HIV prevention in minority communities, most notably Somali women living in Minnesota.  Her research has also focused on African-born, African American, Hmong, men who have sex with men, bisexual, and transgender communities. She is a researcher-clinician who investigates healthy behavioral and psychological change and tries to develop new methods, techniques, and programs to promote sexual and psychological health. Robinson received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and received NIMH funding to complete a postdoctoral training in Asian-American mental health and research methods at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Dianne Berg, PhD, is an assistant professor, licensed psychologist, and coordinator of Child and Adolescent Services.  She is involved in providing clinical services to adults, adolescents and children with sexuality concerns. Her areas of interest are compulsive sexual behavior, transgender issues (including gender identity issues in children/adolescents), compulsive sexual behavior (including the issues that come up for partners), and the treatment of sex offenders (including sexual behavior problems in children).  Berg works in conjunction with pediatric endocrinology, urology, genetics and MDH Newborn Screening to provide a multidisciplinary clinic for children/adolescents with Disorders of Sex Development (DSD).   Recently, she spearheaded the development of a theatre educational project for high schools on transgender youth issues. Berg received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality.

Jamie Feldman, MD, PhD, is an associate professor and family physician at the Program in Human Sexuality and the Women’s Health Center. Feldman has been involved in HIV/AIDS research since 1987 and is the author of Plague Doctors: Responding to the AIDS Epidemic in France and America. She is the author of the British Columbia Primary Care Guidelines for Transgender Adults and co-author of the Endocrine Therapy Guidelines for Transgender Adults. Feldman has published and presented extensively on hypoactive female sexual desire. Her other areas of clinical work and research include women's health, sexual health, transgender therapy, and herbal medicine. At PHS, Feldman provides transgender health care and evaluation and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women. Feldman received her MD, from the University of Illinois at Urbana, her PhD in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and completed her residency program at Lutheran General Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Park Ridge, Illinois.

Cesar A. Gonzalez, PhD is an assistant professor engaged in research and clinical activities. He is licensed as a psychologist by the Minnesota Board of Psychology and is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology; the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology also credentials him. Gonzalez is receiving his Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy (a therapeutic approach used to treat long-standing psychological conditions) by the International Society of Schema Therapy through the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York/New Jersey. Gonzalez provides comprehensive psychological assessments that go beyond diagnosis to provide patients with an understanding of core issues that lead to enduring maladaptive life patterns/themes; he also provides individual, group, and couple/family therapy; and consultation and training in his areas of expertise. Gonzalez is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Transgenderism and the International Journal of Sexual Health, and reviews manuscripts for other peer-reviewed journals. His publications and current research are focused on the mental health of transgender individuals. His research interests include: transgenderism; transphobia; gender nonconformity; depression and suicidality; resilience; early maladaptive schemas and modes (Schema Theory/Therapy); personality disorders; and multicultural community-clinical psychology. Gonzalez is bicultural and bilingual in English and Spanish. Gonzalez received his BA in psychology from the University of Arizona and received his PhD in clinical psychology from Alliant International University, Los Angeles. Gonzalez completed his two-year research/clinical postdoctoral fellowship in human sexuality at PHS in 2010. His previous clinical training included behavioral medicine, severe mental illness, child and family therapy, and the assessment of learning differences. His training was with Glendale Adventist Medical Center; Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Pasadena City College; and the Children’s Collective, Inc. in Los Angeles. He worked at Bienestar Human Services, Inc., a non-profit organization serving Latino, HIV-infected/affected, GLBT individuals, as director of evaluation and research, where he evaluated HIV prevention programs and conducted community research on HIV/AIDS. He continues his passion for non-profit work by serving on the board of directors of Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, MN. He also worked as staff research associate at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.

Alex Iantaffi, PhD is an assistant professor and a licensed marriage and family therapist.  Iantaffi originally trained in the UK as a systemic psychotherapist, and he is Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. His therapeutic work is currently focused on transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and their families; sexuality, and relationships. Iantaffi has conducted research, and published on gender, disability, sexuality, deafness, education, sexual health, HIV prevention, and transgender issues. His scholarly work has been increasingly focused on issues of intersectionality and sexual health disparities. He is currently principal investigator for a study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on deaf men who have sex with men (MSM), HIV testing and prevention, and technology. He and Dr. Sara Mize have received a grant to study sexuality, mindfulness, and the body in aging individuals.

Anne McBean, MA, is an instructor, licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and coordinator of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Treatment. Her areas of expertise are the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior, sexual dysfunction, sexual abuse trauma, sexual orientation confusion/dysphoria, adolescent sexual concerns, parenting concerns around child sexuality issues, and couples concerns. McBean has been instrumental in developing the compulsive sexual behavior treatment approach at the Center for Sexual Health and in training staff and post-doctorate fellows in this approach. She has presented trainings and workshops for both local and national audiences on the assessment and treatment of compulsive sexual behavior, compulsive sexual behavior in women, sexual issues for adolescents, and general sexuality counseling skills. McBean received her MA from the University of Minnesota.

Lisa Miles, CNM, NP, is an experienced and well-trained medical and mental health professional. For the first ten years of her career, she worked as an intensive care nurse and then she trained to become a certified midwife and practiced full scope midwifery for eight years.  Her knowledge and passion for women’s health led her to work with women and their partners struggling with infertility, loss, and family building issues at University of Minnesota Reproductive Medicine Center.  With a growing understanding of how physical and situational issues affect mental health, Miles sought additional training as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in adult and family mental health.  This prepared Miles to continue working with both men and women across the lifespan.  In addition to her work at the Center for Sexual Health, she holds a concurrent position at The Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC Clinic).  Miles understands the many challenges we face emotionally and physically, and she brings both intuition and thorough assessment to her work with patients.  She is the mother of three grown sons.

Sara Mize, PhD, is an assistant professor and licensed psychologist.  She has been on the faculty since 1998.  She is actively involved in clinical work, as well as teaching and research.  She is an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) trained clinician.  In addition, she is a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Certified Advanced Practitioner.  She is passionate about working with clients using body-oriented approaches.  In 2012, she began the first Body-Oriented and Mindfulness (affectionately named Da BOM!) Women’s Sexual Health Group at PHS.  Her other areas of interest are relationship health, abuse recovery, transgender issues, sexuality and disability and compulsive sexual behavior.  Dr. Mize is a reviewer for Sexual and Relationship Therapy.  She and her colleague, Alex Iantaffi, PhD, LMFT, have completed a study entitled, “Women’s Sexual Health and Sensorimotor Approaches to Therapy” and are in the process of writing up the results for publication.  She and Dr. Alex Iantaffi have received a grant to study sexuality, mindfulness, and the body in aging individuals.

Rose Munns, PsyD, is an assistant professor, licensed psychologist, and coordinator of Sexual Offender Treatment. She has extensive clinical experience in assessment and treatment of substance abuse, working in correctional settings with juvenile delinquents and adults, as well as inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. Her areas of interest are sexual dysfunctions, relationship and sex therapy, transgender issues, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, abuse recovery, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and HIV counseling. Munns received her PsyD from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality.

Nancy Raymond, MD, is professor and psychiatrist with a joint appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Department of Psychiatry. Her research interests are the underlying pathophysiology of impulsivity in sexual disorders (compulsive sexual behavior) and eating disorders (bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder). She serves as the psychiatric consultant to the Program in Human Sexuality and the Center for Sexual Health. She is also responsible for the coordination of medical services. She is an expert in the treatment of sexual disorders and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Raymond is also the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Director of the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health, a nationally designated Center of Excellence. Raymond received her MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School, completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and was a fellow in eating disorders research at the University of Minnesota.

Katie Spencer, PhD, is an assistant professor and coordinator of Transgender Health Services. She has a strong interest in social justice. She provides training of therapists and medical providers in sexual health and transgender health care competency. Her primary clinical practice is working with transgender and gender non-conforming, adolescents, and adults, women’s sexual health, and LGBT sexual health and well-being. She has experience working with compulsive sexual behavior and general sexual dysfunction concerns. Her research and clinical interests focus on cultural competency in working with LGB and transgender populations, LGBT sexual health, sex therapy with LGBT couples, trans youth, and feminist embodied approaches to sexual health. In addition to her clinical work, Spencer works with multiple community organizations working to educate about LGBT healthcare issues and primarily transgender healthcare. She works with the Minnesota Trans Youth Support Network on the Community Hormone Access Project, partnering with community advocates and trans youth to develop community based hormone protocols for transgender care, in hopes to increase access to competent care and hormone provision for trans youth. She recently participated in the development of a theatre educational project for high schools on transgender youth issues. Spencer received PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and she was a postdoctoral fellow at PHS.

Bill Stayton, ThD, PhD, is an adjunct professor. Formerly professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, Stayton is professor, scholar in residence, and former director of the Human Sexuality Program at Widener University. For 28 years he served on the human sexuality faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Stayton has over 65 publications and participated in 12 documentaries on theology, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, lifestyles, gay/lesbian/heterosexual sex therapy, adolescent sexuality, and religion and sexuality. He serves on several editorial boards and is past president of SIECUS, AASECT, and Planned Parenthood of SE Pennsylvania. He has received numerous awards from AASECT, SIECUS, Widener University, and will be receiving the Gold Medal Award from the World Association for Sexual Health in 2011. Stayton is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA.

Brian Zamboni, PhD, is an associate professor, licensed psychologist, and Diplomate in Sex Therapy. He is a certified sex therapist and certified sexuality educator via the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Dr.  Zamboni specializes in sexual dysfunction, couples therapy, compulsive sexual behavior, transgender issues, sex education, sexuality and minority or marginalized populations, sexuality and workplace issues, and sex offending. He has provided therapy and assessment services to adolescents and adults in several settings. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human sexuality and helps to train medical students and other health or helping professionals via workshops and seminars. Dr. Zamboni’s research interests include sexual dysfunction, inter-professional education, sexual health in the workplace, sexual compulsivity, transgender issues and sexual minorities. Zamboni received his PhD from Loyola University Chicago and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality.

Postdoctoral Clinical/Research Fellows & Residents

Lauren Fogel, PsyD, is a postdoctoral fellow. She received her MA and PsyD in clinical psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ. Her clinical training has included experience in private practice, community mental health, and inpatient settings. Fogel’s doctoral research examined the literature on compulsive sexual behavior. Her clinical interests include compulsive sexual behavior, assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, sexual health, and gender and sexual identity development.

Philip Jai Johnson, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow. He received his BA in Psychology and MA in Humanities from York University in Toronto, his MSc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. His previous research experiences include examining the effects of idealized media images on self-esteem and body image in men, as well as ways to improve ethnic attitudes in young children. More recently, with a team of international collaborators, Johnson is examining the impact of minority stress and coming out in relation to physiological stress reactivity and psychological well-being in gay men and lesbians. He has obtained clinical training in hospitals and private practice settings in the areas of LGBT mental health, sexual dysfunction, couples therapy, mood and anxiety disorders, adult ADD, binge eating disorder, and chronic stress. His clinical interests include gender and sexual identity concerns, compulsive sexual behavior, relationship intimacy issues, group psychotherapy, and body dissatisfaction/eating disorders.

Rebecca Stinson, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow. She received her MEd in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri - Columbia and PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa. Her clinical training has included experience in VA hospitals, medical centers, and counseling centers. She is trained in individual, group, couple, and family therapy. Stinson’s doctoral research examined the psychological impact of treatment-related sexual side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications. Her clinical interests include sexual dysfunctions, gender and sexual identity development, relationship and sex therapy, LGBT sexual health, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, and compulsive sexual behavior.

Brenna Wernersbach, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow. She received her MS in Counseling Psychology and PhD in combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology at Utah State University, and completed internship at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  Her clinical training has included experience in community clinics, counseling centers, and inpatient settings. Wernersbach's doctoral research examined the impact of psychoeducational group targeting healthy sexuality among college students, addressing sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Her clinical interests include sexual health and functioning, gender and sexual identity development, education and advocacy, and intersections of professional psychology and social justice.

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