About Dr. Sara

Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh is an author, speaker and thinking partner with a PhD in Social Psychology and specialization in Sexuality, Relationships, and Intercultural Fluency. Her commitment to the growth of our human community manifests itself through her multi-dimensional efforts as a thinking partner, educator, consultant, author, keynote speaker and media commentator. 

As a sought-after speaker and expert facilitator, Dr. Nasserzadeh has presented more than 500 keynote addresses and workshops on a variety of topics across the globe. She has been a senior cultural advisor and strategic consultant for governments, international NGOs, United Nation-affiliated agencies, Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and professional organizations across 40 countries.

Dr. Nasserzadeh is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades. In 2007, she received the World Association for Sexual Health runner-up award for Excellence and Innovation for her international work in sexuality education. In 2011, she was the winner of Pfizer’s Innovation of the Year Award for chairing the company’s Customer Insights Council and for designing an integrative strategic plan to make customers a priority for the enterprise.

Dr. Sara has been featured by the BBC, ABC News, Al Jazeera, Hürriyet, Salamat, CNN, NPR, goop, and Shaw TV. She was named as one of the Best Love Doctors by Harper’s Bazaar, and one of the Women in the Know by Daily Mirror. DatingAdvice.com named her one of the 10 Best Sex and Dating Experts in 2015. In March 2018, she was honored by the British Council as a UK Alumni Award finalist in the category of Social Impact. This award is the most prestigious in the category of Education offered by The British Council. In 2021, she was honored by AASECT’s Award for Professional excellence.

Combining her experience as a former member of the International Federation of Journalists and her research expertise, Dr. Sara created and hosted a program on sexuality and relationship issues for BBC World Service called The Whispers, which received the BBC’s Innovation of the Year Award in 2007. The program was the first of its kind in the Middle East and is still being broadcast, continuing to reach millions of Farsi-speaking viewers across the globe.

Dr. Nasserzadeh is also a prolific and award-winning author with three books, several book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and white papers to her credit. Her new book, Love By Design: 6 Ingredients for a lifetime of love, is based on research with hundreds of couples over a decade. 

She has served on the board of various professional organizations including the International Society for the Scientific Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), World Association for Sexual health (WAS), American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and California Psychological Association Division VII (CPA).

Dr. Nasserzadeh serves at the Religion and Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights Task Force of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) . Her current base is in Los Angeles, California, with an active travel agenda for speaking engagements and cultural explorations and research.

Disclaimer: The primary scope of Dr. Sara’s work as a thinking partner and relationship consultant falls within the scope of coaching, which is future-oriented with an emphasis on action, accountability and follow through. She does not offer psychotherapy or mental health counseling.

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