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U professor named president of International Academy of Sex Research

Distinguished professor Lisa Diamond will lead a preeminent international society of researchers.

Lisa Diamond, a distinguished professor of psychology and gender studies, has been named the 50th president of the International Academy of Sex Research. Diamond’s research focuses on sexuality, gender and intimate relationships, and their implications for health and well-being over the life course.

“I’m both honored and daunted,” Diamond said. “It has always struck me as paradoxical that sexuality is one of the most central, universal  and important aspects of human experience, and yet sexual science is often dismissed as a ‘niche’ topic, unserious and unimportant. I have never met anyone who views their sex life as unserious and unimportant!”

The International Academy of Sex Research is the preeminent academic organization for sexuality research in the world, Diamond said, composed primarily of psychologists, sociologists, public health professionals, anthropologists and clinicians.

“What a spectacular choice the Academy members have made in electing Dr. Diamond,” said Kathryn Bond Stockton, dean of the School for Cultural & Social Transformation. “Her energetic brilliance, matched only by her creative vision, is sure to lead her fellow scholars of sex research in all kinds of novel directions.  We are deeply proud to have Lisa taking on this international role.”