Scientific Committee (2021-2025)

The Scientific Committee (SC) represents a range of disciplines, including public health, psychology, basic science, clinical and health sciences, human rights, sociology, education, medicine, and political sciences. The Scientific Committee is working towards a new membership and configuration of the scientific tracks after the Prague Congress. The Scientific Committee is responsible for recommending invited lectures and symposia, calling for presentations, selecting abstracts and creating and finalizing the Congress scientific program, and editing and publishing the Congress Proceedings in the International Journal of Sexual Health

Beyond the organization of the scientific program, the Scientific Committee contributes to and assesses the scientific validity upon which WAS statements are created and elaborated and advises and works in liaison with the WAS Officers and the Sexual Rights Committee (SRC) when taking part in global discussions and decisions. Also, the Scientific Committee aims to facilitate and further develop scientific activities among WAS member organizations, among others by coordinating a newly formed network in sex research.


Chair: Erick Janssen (Belgium)

Vice-Chairs: Terry Humphreys  (Canada)

Kristen Mark (USA)



Jeyrani Kamaraj (India)

Osmar Matsui (Mexico)

Stefano Eleuteri (Italy)

Meet The Committee

Erick Janssen

Erick Janssen, PhD, is Professor at the Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, USA. He has published extensively on the topics of sexual psychophysiology, sexual aggression, hypersexuality, risky sexual behavior, and sexuality in close relationships. Together with John Bancroft, MD, he developed the Dual Control Model of Sexual Response. He is past President of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR) and has received a number of awards, including twice the Hugo G. Beigel Award and, with his students, the SSTAR Award, IASR Best Student Manuscript Award, and Reiss Theory Award.

Terry Humphreys

Terry Humphreys is a Professor of Psychology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He is Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality and a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Sex Research. He is also a Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and the Canadian Sex Research Forum. His research focuses on the negotiation of sexual consent; sexting behaviour in young adults; first sexual experiences; and unwanted/coercive sexual encounters.

Kristen Mark

Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH is a behavioral health scientist, the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education at the Institute for Sexual + Gender Health, and a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine + Community Health at University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Mark represents the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality at WAS.

Jeyrani Kamaraj
Public health and Public Policies

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Osmar Matsui

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Stefano Eleuteri
Clinical Sciences & Therapy

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Kenneth Rochel de Camargo
Public Health and Public Policies

Faysal El Kak
Sexual rights & Ethics

Eszter Kismodi
Sexual Rights & Ethics

Tommi Paalanen
Sexual Rights & Ethics

Joana Carvalho
Social & Behavioral Sciences

David Paternotte
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Denise Medico
Clinical Sciences & Therapy

Patricia Pascoal
Clinical Sciences & Therapy

Jim Pfaus
Basic Science

Nicole Prause
Basic Science

Béatrice Cuzin
Sexual Medicine

Mijal Luria
Sexual Medicine

Tomoko Saotome
Sexual Medicine

Jaime Barrientos Delgado
Public Health and Public Policies

Amé Atsu David

Osmo Kontula

Lin Myers

Track Members:

Track 1 : Sexual Rights & Ethics

  • Eszter Kismodi (France)
  • Faysal El Kak  (Lebanon)
  • Osmar Matsui (Mexico)
  • Tommi Paalanen (Finland)

Track 2: Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • Joaha Carvalho (Portugal)
  • David Paternotte (Belgium)

Track 3: Clinical Sciences & Therapy

  • Denise Medico (Canada)
  • Patricia Pascoal (Portugal) 
  • Stefano Eleuteri (Italy)

Track 4: Basic Science

  • Jim Pfaus (Canada)
  • NIcole Prause (United States)

Track 5: Sexual Medicine

  • Mijal Luria (Israel)
  • Béatrice Cuzin (France)
  • Tomoko Saotome (Japan) 

Track 6: Public Health and Public Policies

  • Jaime Barrientos Delgado  (Chile)
  • Jeyarani Kamaraj (India)
  • Kenneth Rochel de Camargo (Brazil)

Track 7: Education

  • Osmo Kontula (Finland)
  • Ame Atsu David (Togo)
  • Lin Myers Jovanovic (United States)