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 Palo Alto and San Francisco, 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 segments on sexual health and relationship issues reach over 6 million viewers across the globe.
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
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 also 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).
Here is a list of peer reviewed articles, podcasts, white papers, policy reports, books and book chapters that I had the privilege to work on. Please get in touch if you would like further information on any of these.
- Nasserzadeh, S. (2018- in press) “Psychology of Orgasm”. International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH).
- The Thoughtful Counselor, January 2018 . An account of my personal journey and tools for counselors who which to me more contextually aware.
- Nasserzadeh, S. (2017) (Invited Review) ‘Becoming Cliterate, why orgasm equality matters’ by Dr. Laurie Mintz (2017) Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2017.1384160
- [Contributor] (2017) “Keeping the Faith in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights “Religious Affirmations of SRHR – II“, UNFPA Publications, 2017. UNFPA. Office of Multilateral Affairs Branch, UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development. White paper. April 2017, New York. U.S.A.
- Nasserzadeh, S., Azarmina, P. (2017) ‘Sexuality Education Wheel of Context. A practical guide for sexuality educators, advocates and researchers’. Amazon books.
- [Contributor] (2017) “Declaration of Sexual Rights”. United Nations, World Health Organization and World Association for Sexual Health interagency Task Force on Sexual Rights. June 2017, Minnesota. U.S.A.
- Nasserzadeh, S. (Review) ‘Sexual revolution’ edited by Hekma G and Giami A (2014) Journal of Sex and Relationship Therapy. Published online May, 2017.
- Nasserzadeh S, Ribner D (2016) ‘Challenges of Culture’. Invited Guest Editor for Journal of Sex and Relationship Therapy, Vol 33 (3), August 2016. In press.
- Nasserzadeh S (2015) ‘Comprehensive sexuality education: encouraging and opposing forces’.
- Arab Youth Newsletter, UNFPA.
- Nasserzadeh S (2015) ‘Ethnicity and cultural context of sexuality’ in 3rd edition of ‘ABC of Sexual Health’. Wylie, K. (Ed.). Wiley Publishing, Chester,
- Nasserzadeh S (2015) (Review) ‘Sexual revolution’ edited by Hekma G and Giami A (2014) Journal of Sex and Relationship Therapy. [In press]
- Nasserzadeh, S (2014) Working with Couples within their cultural context. DrSaraNasserzadeh-MESSM-2014-NZL-Feb. Middle East Society For Sexual Medicine (MESSM) News Letter, 3rd issue.
- Nasserzadeh S (2013) ‘What suggestions should be put forward to ensure that a post-2015 development agenda has a lasting impact on challenging inequalities faced by children and young people?’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Available online: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/3246431
- Nasserzadeh S (2012) (Review) on ‘Living West, Facing East’ (2012) Sanjakhdar F, Journal of Sex Education
- Ingham R, Stone N and Nasserzadeh S (2010) ‘Introduction to special issue’, Sex Education, 10(4): 333-334.
- Nasserzadeh S (2009) ‘Sex therapy: a marginalized specialization’, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38(6):1037-8.
- Komisaruk B, Whipple B, Nasserzadeh S and Beyer-Flores C (2009) ‘Orgasm answer guide’, The Johns Hopkins University
- Nasserzadeh S (2009) ‘Sexuality education in Iran: personal reflections and professional experiences’ in Schroeder, E. and Kuriansky, J. (eds.). (2009) Sexuality Education: Past Present and Future. Westport Connecticut.
- [Contributor] The Centre for HIV and Sexual Health, National Health Service (2009) ‘Pleasure: Why and how to raise the issue of sexual pleasure in sexual health work with young people’.
- [Contributor] Marston C, King E (2009) ‘Factors that shape young people’s sexual behaviour: a systematic review’, The Lancet, 368 (9547):1581-1586.
- Nasserzadeh S (2007) ‘Challenges of Muslim immigrants: a psychosexual perspective‘, Psychotherapy in Australia, 14(1):
- Ohlrichs Y, Nasserzadeh S, and Doherty M (2007) ‘The International Platform of Sexuality & Relationship Education’, Sex Education, 77(3): 331-
- [Contributor] World Association for Sexual Health (2007) ‘Sexual Health for the Millennium, A Declaration and Technical Document’.
- [Contributor] Bradford M, Hoggart L and Young D (2007) ‘The sexual health needs of unaccompanied minors in Enfield and Haringey’, Enfield and Haringey Teenage Pregnancy
- Nasserzadeh S (2007) (Review) on ‘The science of orgasm’ (2006) Komisaruk B, Beyer-Flores C, Whipple B, Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University The Obstetrician & Gynecologist, 9(4):284.
- Hoggart L, Nasserzadeh S and Shamash M (2006) ‘Young people, sex and choices: a study of young motherhood in Haringey’, Middlesex University
- Nasserzadeh S (2005) ‘What voices need to be included in the development of sexual health education curriculum’, Youth Net, Family Health International.
- Azarmina P, Nasserzadeh S (2004) ‘Access to sexual health information in Iran’, INASP Newsletter 27.
- Abdy M, Bowman E, Murphy J, Nasserzadeh S, Newton M (2003) ‘Project plan, 24 hour Resource Centre for Islington’, Stuart Low Trust.
- Azarmina P and Nasserzadeh S (2000) ‘My doctor’, in 6 volumes, health for public, Teymoorzadeh Publication, Tehran.
Press and Publications
Inverview: Why Size Actually Does Matter
In this Glamour Magazine article written by Kaitlin Menza, Dr. Sara argues that popularity of a large ‘male package’ is overrated.
Featured: Six of the Best Love Doctors
Dr. Sara believes in using a holistic approach for a healthy mind and body. In her interview with Harper’s Bazaar, we learn that to feel sexy, we need to be both physically and psychologically fit. She describes her holistic approach in treating sexual problems at her practice in London.
Article: Dr. Sara on France’s Muslim Face-Veil Ban
In an article by genConnect, Dr. Sara as a social psychologist provides her perspectives on changing cultural norms in response to this controversial news from France.
Interview: Ultimate Sex Tips from the Women Who Know Best!
An interview with the Daily Mirror: 25 tips from Dr. Sara and 5 other top sexologists in England on how to put the ‘x’ back in your sex.
Press Release: Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh to Star in NAKED IN A FISHBOWL
A press release announcing Dr. Sara’s guest star performance in Naked in a Fishbowl in 2011. According to Dr. Sara, “It will be a pleasure to join the talented cast of Naked in a Fishbowl. I will use any channel to get accurate sexual health information to people out there.”
Dr. Sara Joins the NPR Worldview to discuss the cultural context of banning a popular movie in India. March 2015, NYC Studios.
Dr. Sara Joins The NPR Worldview to discuss the influencing factors around “The culture around silence” around sexual molestation and abuse.
“THE WHISPERS” (DAR-EGOOSHIHA)
Dr. Sara was the creator and host of this award-winning radio/online program on sex and relationships for the BBC World Service, Persian section. In this photo, Dr. Sara is receiving the BBC World Service Award for the Innovation of the Year from Mark Thompson, Director-General of BBC in February 2007.
WBEZ WORLDVIEW INTERVIEW AT NPR STUDIOS, NYC
SEX IN ISLAM – ABC RADIO NATIONAL
Dr. Sara was interviewed by ABC’s (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) leading religion journalist Stephen Crittenden twice, first when she was invited by the UNESCO Institute of Education in Hamburg in 2002, and then when she was attending the World Congress for Sexual Health in Australia in 2007. The Religion Report was a program that covered religious affairs in Australia and around the world from 1999 to 2009.
Dr. Sara on Big Think talking about love, chemistry and lofe without sex. Available here.
New Dawn Show
Two segments discussing health benefits of sex and orgasm.
Two episodes on genConnect about faking organism and the secrets of sex.
Q & A with Dr. Sara
Question: “My partner only likes anal sex. Is he gay?”
Naked in a Fishbowl
Dr. Sara improvising on an off-Broadway show in New York.