The last, but not least :), of our awardees to be honored in this series on graduate awards is Dr. Rosara Torrisi.
The William R. Stayton Award for Applied Leadership in Human Sexuality is granted to a graduating doctoral student from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies who has demonstrated significant leadership in the field of Human Sexuality as a student, a scholar and/or a practitioner.
Having set out to become a sex therapist at the age of 16, Rosara earned a BA at Barnard College where she worked in their sexuality lab and at the Kinsey Institute, prior to receiving her MSSW from Columbia University. While pursuing her MEd and PhD here at Widener, she assisted in standardizing a suicidality assessment, and was recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for her work on autism and ADHD. For three years, Rosara led the Student Special Interest Group for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and was a member of the 2016 Scientific Review Committee for the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Rosara founded the Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy where she has mentored Widener students, and now employs our graduates. In 2015 and 2017 she was named the Best Sex Therapist on Long Island. Having focused her dissertation research on the sexual functioning of lesbian survivors of breast cancer, she now serves on the council for a national breast cancer support organization. Rosara lives on Long Island where she volunteers to teach the “Our Whole Lives” sex education curriculum at her local Unitarian Universalist congregation.