Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD is a Social Psychologist and a thought leader in the fields of Cultural Fluency, Diversity & Inclusion, and Sexual Health & Relationships.
Her commitment to the growth of our human community manifests in her multi-dimensional efforts. Dr. Nasserzadeh is a prolific and award-winning author with two books in English, several book chapters, and a multitude of peer-reviewed articles and white papers to her credit. She is highly regarded by her peers and served on the board of various professional organizations.
As a former member of the International Federation of Journalists, “Dr. Sara” created and hosted a program called the Whispers for the BBC World Service on sexuality and relationship issues, which received BBC’s Innovation of the Year Award in 2007 in London. This program “Whispers” which is the first of its kind in the Middle East is still ongoing and reaches millions of Farsi-speaking viewers across the globe.
Beside her clinical work as a psychosexual therapist and couples counselor, Dr. Nasserzadeh has presented more than 500 keynotes and workshops on a variety of topics across the globe. Dr. Nasserzadeh has also been a senior cultural advisor and strategic consultant for governments, international NGOs, UN agencies, Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, professional organizations and private sector across 37 countries.
In 2007, Dr. Nasserzadeh received the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) runner-up award for Excellence and Innovation for her international work in the area of human development in Sydney. In 2011, she was a winner for the Pfizer’s Innovation of the Year Award for establishing company’s Customer Insights Council and for designing an integrative strategic plan to make customers a priority for the enterprise.
Dr. Sara was named as one of the Best Love Doctors by Harpers Bazaar, and one of the Women in the Know by Daily Mirror. DatingAdvice.com named her as 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 annually.
She currently serves at the Board of Religion and Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights Task Force of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Dr. Nasserzadeh is based in Southern California and travels widely.
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.