“It all boils down to how we connect with the world around us from bedroom to the boardroom!”
Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD DipPST is a Social Psychologist, COSRT-accredited psychosexual therapist and AASECT-certified Sexuality Counselor and Training Provider. In addition to maintaining local private practices in London, New York and Palo Alto, she has been globally active in the field as a professional trainer, plenary speaker, research and clinical supervisor, media commentator and thought leader.
Dr. Sara also advises Fortune 500 companies, UN-affiliated institutions and governmental organizations on issues such as Customer Insights, Qualitative Market Research, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), User Experience (UX) and Program Evaluation as a consultant, subject matter expert and trainer.
Dr. Sara has worked intimately with the press and media to educate the public on most sensitive topics such as human sexuality. She created, produced and hosted a BBC World Service Radio and Online program named the Whispers that was aired for three consecutive seasons and won the BBC World Service’s Innovation of the Year Award “for putting delicate matters in a sensitive manner”. Her current BBC Persian TV segmnts on sexual health and relationship issues reach over 6 million viewers across the globe.Dr. Sara recently published her second book, Sexuality Education Wheel of Context with Dr. Pejman Azarmina. The Wheel of Context for Sexuality Education was created as a practical framework to ensure that educators, advocates, and researchers in the field of sexuality education maintain a holistic perspective on a selected number of key contextual factors that may influence, hinder or catalyze our work. The Wheel of Context may also help provide a greater appreciation for the communities we serve and ultimately lead to more desirable outcomes for our programs or projects. It is not only a tool to build consensus and alignments at the onset of a project, but also a medium to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, create solutions out of conflicting ideas and a measure to deepen our understanding about the root causes of unforeseen barriers and resistance that we may face.
Dr. Sara co-authored the Orgasm Answer Guide with three esteemed colleagues, which received AASECT’s Book Award Honorable Mention in 2011. Her other awards include the World Association for Sexual Health runner up award for “Excellence and Innovation” in sexuality education (Sydney, 2007) and Pfizer’s “Innovation Award” for her efforts in setting up a global Customer Insights Council for the company (New York, 2010).
Dr. Sara’s leadership roles at professional organizations include:
- Chair of the North American Organizing Committee for the World Sexual Health Day
- Elected member of the Advisory Board and Chair of the Middle East Sexual Health Committee at the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS)
- Member of WAS’ standardizing working groups for sexuality education as well as psychotherapy, which devise the standards of practice for these professions
- Elected Board member of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and Chair of the Communication Steering Committee