Dr. Connie Bonillas: Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Connie Bonillas, a 2005 Ph.D. Education Track graduate, has recently received the Illustrious Award for Higher Education from the Institute for Latino Studies. This event documented and highlighted the contributions of Tri-State Area Latinx to the advancement of the United States of America. We congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award!

Dr. Bonillas is an Associate Professor of Health and the Health Program Coordinator at Kean University, in Union, NJ.  Her college textbook, Sexual Health in a Diverse World, will debut its 3rd edition sometime in 2018.

Dr. Bonillas has been a faculty member in Kean’s Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Health since 2003. In 2012, she published the first edition of her sexuality textbook In 2011, she and Dr. Elisha Nixon co-authored the second edition of the health education college textbook, Listen Up! Student Voices on Critical Issues and Values in Real Life. 

In 2011 she also secured a 5-year $875,000 state grant to reduce teen pregnancy and a 3-year $465,000 federal grant to decrease the risk of gestational diabetes in Hispanic pregnant women.




Dr. Carey Roth Bayer: Alumni Spotlight


Please join us in congratulating our alum, Dr. Carey Roth Bayer, who received the 2017 Distinguished Service to the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) Award at their recent annual meeting. Dr. Bayer is an associate professor in the Departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine as well as Medical Education at Morehouse School of Medicine. She serves as the Director of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Her scholarship focuses on training health professionals to address human sexuality with patients across the lifespan; safe space & inclusion training; and, educational outcomes and impacts of health policy and leadership training programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Xavier University, a Master’s degree in Adult Education and a Doctorate in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. She is a Certified Sexuality Educator, through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

In receiving the award, Dr. Roth Bayer was recognized for the following contributions. She first became a member of the Society in 2002 when in graduate school at Widener. Since that time she has served in many capacities with SSSS including: Continuing Education Committee, 2017 Atlanta Symposium lead co-chair, SSSS Mentoring Program, Annual Conference Abstract Reviewer & Conference Team, Conference Awards Team lead & reviewer, Conference Moderator, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair of the Board of Directors, Secretary of the Board of Directors, Chair of Membership Task Force, Membership Committee, Student Volunteer. Two of her greatest accomplishments in service to SSSS include implementing an investment plan to strengthen the financial infrastructure of SSSS and expanding SSSS’s inclusion efforts by recruiting more people of color into leadership positions and showcasing their sexual science work.

Congratulations Dr. Roth Bayer!

Dr. Konnie McCaffree: Adjunct Spotlight

Dr. Konnie McCaffree could be called the godmother of our program. Starting as an adjunct at the University of Pennsylvania HSED program when she was a high school sexuality educator, Dr. McCaffree was one of the people, with Dr. Bill Stayton, brought our program from Penn to Widener. She has taught sexuality education methods to generations of Penn and Widener graduates, having created the 625, 626, 718 (now 618), and Practicum course sequence, which was taken by Dr. Dyson, Dr. Sitron,  Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Green, and actually everyone who has taught those classes after her. If you have not had the pleasure of being her student, let us introduce you.

A Certified Sexuality Educator and Supervisor  (AASECT and the National Council of Family Relations). Dr. McCaffree is an Adjunct Professor and the original educational methods developer for Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. She also has served as an adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education working with elementary and secondary classroom teachers.  A 30-year veteran of public school teaching, she began her work in supervision when she was asked to supervise student teachers in health/sexuality education from local university teacher training programs. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and as President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). She is active in the American Association of Sexuality Education, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) serving as its Treasurer and President. She has worked with various research groups to develop curricula to prevent HIV/AIDS, unplanned pregnancy, and other health and social issues among adolescents. She is the co-author of the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Research to Classroom and has promoted award-winning curricula for minority youth, Be Proud! Be Responsible! (BPBR), Making Proud Choices (MPC), Making A Difference (MAD) and Promoting Health Among Teens! (PHAT)

Outside of her organizational work, Dr. McCaffree conducts workshops both within the US and internationally on childhood/teen sexuality issues to assist educators, parents, and community organizations improve their skills in teaching sexuality education. In recent years she has developed curricula and implemented training programs for educators and other health professionals in South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria and the Philippines. She is co-author of the curriculum adopted by the Federal Ministry of Nigeria for implementation in all schools. Dr. McCaffree has spent the last ten years as either the president of SSSS or AASECT and is currently in the process of completing her last year in professional organization leadership, where she serves as the Immediate Past President of AASECT.

In addition, she continues to supervise and mentor students in the area of sexuality education. Along with continuing to review curricula, Dr. McCaffree gives presentations on effective sexuality education and mostly enjoy teaching to a different audience: her dogs. They are involved in competitive sports such as agility, tracking, obedience, nose work, and some protection.