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.

Celebrating Dr. Pat Koch!

On October 13, we will celebrate and appreciate Dr. Koch for her many years of service to our doctoral students and our program. If you know her and/or had classes with her, please join us if you can for dinner at the Springfield Country Club.  Sign up by clicking here. Bring a guest if you please :).

Whether you can attend or not, please share your memories of Dr. Koch at https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/Ua5Evbe3. Please comment on how she may have influenced your academic, professional, and/or personal development.

Recently retired, Patricia Barthalow Koch, Ph.D., served as a faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University (Professor of Biobiobehavioral Health; Health Education; Nursing Science, and Gender and Sexuality Studies) for over 40 years and an Adjunct Professor of Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University for over 15 years. She also was the Director of the Pennsylvania Learning Academy of Sexuality Education, a Faculty Scholar at the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PSU), and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney, Columbia University, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, the Japanese International HIV Cooperation Society, and a Sexology Delegate to the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Koch served on 26 externally-funded and 36 internally-funded research projects on topics related to sexuality and women’s health, including the interaction of alcohol and sexual behaviors, negative sexual experience, sexuality education methodologies, menstrual health, and women’s sexuality as they age. She has authored/co-authored 105 scientific articles, book chapters, and research proceedings/reports and 3 books.

In addition, Dr. Koch is a dedicated and passionate educator, believing in Nelson Mandela’s statement that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” She developed and taught 25 different undergraduate courses at Penn State as well as 7 graduate and 9 Outreach/World Campus courses, and the two major doctoral courses for the Human Sexuality Studies Program at Widener. Dr. Koch always received the highest ratings of teaching excellence from her students. They note her depth and breadth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and creative and interactive teaching methods. She enjoys mentoring students and has served on 54 doctoral committees, 52 master’s committees, and has mentored over 300 undergraduate peer sexuality educators.

Dr. Koch has been a leader in the field of sexology for many decades, being a Fellow and Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and a Past President of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, as well as an International Delegate to the World Association of Sexual Health. She has received many awards throughout her career. Some of which she is most proud include: the Hugo G. Beigel Award for Most Outstanding Research Report Published in the Journal of Sex Research (2006), The Points of Pride Award for Leadership and Scholarship in the Field of Sexology from Widener University, the President’s Award for Engagement with Students (PSU), Service to the Profession Award (SSSS), and an Alumni Teaching Fellow (PSU).

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Koch for her many years of service to our students, our program, and our field, and wish her well in her retirement. If you want to email her directly, use p3k@psu.edu


Welcome Dr. Debra Bazarsky

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Debbie Bazarsky to the full-time faculty of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies as Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2017-2018 academic year. This fall, Dr. Bazarsky is teaching HSED 592 (Concepts in Human Sexuality) and HSED 501 (Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Human Sexuality). Her office is in our new building at 501 E. 13th Street, room 203.

Dr. Bazarsky comes to us from Princeton University. For the past two years, she was Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, serving as a senior diversity and inclusion practitioner and shepherding Princeton’s administrative diversity and inclusion goals and strategic initiatives. Concurrently, she served as a Lecturer in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Previous to that, for 14 years, she served as the Founding Director of Princeton’s LGBT Center where she helped transform the University into a nationally recognized and top-ranked school for LGBT students, staff, and faculty. She was also the Founding Director of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s LGBT Center.

A nationally recognized leader around LGBT issues in higher education, Dr. Bazarsky has served as Co-Chair of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and several national committees, including the National LGBTQ Task Force National Policy Roundtable, U.S. Department of Education’s Improving Campus Climate for LGBT College Students Training Institute Planning Group, and as a National Advisory Board Member of the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index. Most recently, she has served on the Consortium’s Trans* Policy Recommendation Group, Title IX Steering Committee, and Standards of Practice Workgroup. This past year, she joined the Board of Directors of Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS) and is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

Foundational to her work is an intersectional framework and approach, which incorporates many aspects of identity (e.g., race, ethnicity, nationality, class, faith, disability, gender and gender identity, and sexual orientation). Dr. Bazarsky brings two decades of experience educating about power, privilege, and oppression; leading training on a wide array of diversity and inclusion topics; running identity-based dialogue groups, and organizing multicultural and intersectional programmatic initiatives. She also volunteered for the American Conference on Diversity for five years and co-directed Lead for Diversity, which is their week-long summer program focused on diversity, social justice, and community action.

Having received her Ph.D. in 2011 from Widener’s Human Sexuality Studies Program, Dr. Bazarsky has been an Adjunct Professor at Widener in both Human Sexuality Studies and the Graduate Programs in Higher Education since 2008. She has her M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University, as well as an M.S. in College Student Personnel and B.A. in Social Work from Miami University. This summer, she was a Fellow in Identity, Health, and Wellness at West Chester University.

With more than 20 years of professional experience in social justice and human sexuality, Dr. Bazarsky brings an incredible amount of expertise and passion for the work to her role of Visiting Assistant Professor in Human Sexuality. Please join us in giving her a very warm welcome to the Center.

Sex in The Struggle:  Let’s Get It On

Dr. Betsy Crane, Professor, as well as CHSS members Frenchie Davis and Jules Purnell, will be guest speakers for Sex In The Struggle: Let’s Get It On! A new live, talk show created by Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter, Sex In The Struggle: Let’s Get It On launches Saturday, September 16, 2017 at The MJ Freed Theater, 525 Avenue of the States, in Chester.  We hope many CHSS students and alumni will participate, adding to the adventure.

Sex in The Struggle:  Let’s Get It On will be an exciting multi-faceted intimacy experience advocating social healing through sexual healing.  The two-hour event promotes a policy of intimacy through which every individual can choose deeper human connections in spite of the social and personal pressures of the day.  The exciting event will feature entertaining and informative segments focused on health, pleasure, religion, gender and much more.

See Sex In The Struggle interview with Dr. Betsy Crane on YouTube:


In addition Sex In The Struggle will feature Eric K. Grimes (Activist and Radio host), Reverend Beverly Dale (Sex Positive Theologian), Monica Day, and others.

For more information see http://ulyssesbutchslaughter.com/sits

Tickets on sale now at Eventbrite


Congratulations Dr. Sitron!

CHSS Community,

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Justin Sitron on his appointment of Director of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and Associate Dean for the School of Human services Professions.  Dr. Sitron had been acting as Interim Director since January of 2017.

Dr. Sitron started his time at Widener in 2008 as a full time clinical assistant professor for Teacher Education and Human Sexuality Studies.  He started working full-time in Human Sexuality Studies in 2011 and became and associate professor in 2014.  Prior to his time as Interim Director he served as the Human Sexuality Studies PhD Program Director from 2014-2016.  Dr. Sitron co-founded the Interdisciplinary Sexuality Research Collaborative and served as Director.

We are very happy that his appointment has been made permanent and look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.

Brent Satterly: Faculty Spotlight

Brent A. Satterly, Ph.D., LCSW, CSE, CST is an associate professor and the director of the BSW Program in Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education. He teaches as well in our program, particularly HSED 592. Dr. Satterly received his Masters of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from our program when it was at the University of Pennsylvania. With over 20 years of clinical experience, He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania and a Certified Sexuality Educator and Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

Widener University gave Dr. Satterly the prestigious Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2016. His areas of expertise include human sexuality and social work pedagogies, clinical work with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) populations, GLBT professional identity management, and HIV/AIDS. He is well published, including his recent 2016 co-authored textbook, Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers. He is a member of good standing in AASECT, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Pennsylvania Association of Undergraduate Social Work Education (PAUSWE), and the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors in Social Work (BPD).

Linda Hawkins: Faculty/Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Linda Hawkins has been a champion for Transgender and Gender Expansive children and youth for nearly two decades. She received her Ph.D. from CHSS, and teaches here as an adjunct instructor. In January, 2014, Dr. Hawkins co-founded the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). To date, the clinic has supported over 500 families from Virginia to New York, and supporting all of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hawkins recently shared about her work: Our work since last November has become increasingly political and policy related to assure the safety, health and well-being of our patients and their families. In the first few weeks following the November election, we organized a law clinic where a dozen lawyers from throughout Philadelphia came to offer pro bono legal support to our families.

We have also partnered with the Policy Lab at CHOP to create further efforts for change,  The White House recently walked back protections for transgender students that allowed them to use school restrooms corresponding to their gender identify. This type of “bathroom policing” can have serious health consequences for transgender students and can lead to the development of unhealthy and disordered eating patterns, urinary tract infections or gastrointestinal distress. Furthermore, when transgender individuals don’t receive needed medical and mental health services, rates of attempted suicide can be as high as 40 percent.

In a their blog post, PolicyLab researchers and members of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic Nadia Dowshen, MD, MSHP, Linda Hawkins, PhD, MSEd, LPC, Susan Lee, MPH, and Siobhan Gruschow, MPH, MEd, detailed the transgender student protections removed, as well as actions across the country that are further threatening these protections. For example, in just the first two months of 2017, 14 states have introduced legislation to impose similar bathroom policies on transgender individuals.

As new health policy issues arise across the country, PolicyLab researchers continue building evidence-based solutions to address and inform how to protect children, adolescents and families. We invite you to read our latest blog posts related to this work (previewed below) and continue to engage with us as we navigate the landscape of issues that impact patients and families.