Faculty & Clinical Staff
Eli Coleman, PhD, director
Bean Robinson, PhD, associate director
Dianne Berg, PhD
Jamie Feldman, MD, PhD
Margaret Flaget-Greener, PsyD
Lauren Fogel, PsyD
Cesar A. Gonzalez, PhD
Jo Gulstad, PsyD
Alex Iantaffi, PhD
Anne McBean, MA
Michael Miner, PhD
Sara Mize, PhD
Rose Munns, PsyD
Krista Nabar, PsyD
Nancy Raymond, MD
Jordan Rullo, PhD
Katie Spencer, PhD
Bill Stayton, PhD
Michelle van Ryn, PhD, MPH
Brian Zamboni, PhD
Eli Coleman, PhD, director, is professor and director of the Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School. He is the author of numerous articles and books on compulsive sexual behavior, sexual offenders, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, chemical dependency, family intimacy, and the psychological and pharmacological treatment of a variety of sexual dysfunctions and disorders. Coleman is the founding editor of the International Journal of Transgenderism and is the founding and current editor of the International Journal of Sexual Health. He is past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association), and the World Association for Sexual Health. He is the current president of the International Academy for Sex Research. He has been a frequent technical consultant on sexual health issues to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (the regional office of WHO). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Award for his role as senior scientist on Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, released in 2001. He was given the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Alfred E. Kinsey Award by the Midcontinent Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Gold Medal for his lifetime contributions to the field of sexual health by the World Association for Sexual Health and was appointed the first endowed Chair in Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Bean Robinson, PhD, associate director, received her BA in sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She received her MA in counseling psychology and her PhD in family social science from the University of Minnesota. She received NIMH funding to complete a postdoctoral training in Asian-American mental health and research methods at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is currently a Minnesota licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and associate professor at the Program in Human Sexuality. Prior to coming to PHS in September, 1991, she was the senior researcher at the Wilder Research Center (1984-1991) and, concurrently, was the consulting psychologist for the White Bear Lake Area Community Counseling Center (1980-1991). She has served as the executive director of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association since 1996. The focus of her professional activities has been in the psychology of human sexuality and sexual health, treatment outcome research/effectiveness, and obesity and body image. Her current area of emphasis within human sexuality is exploring and developing sexual health via HIV prevention in minority communities, most notably the African American, African-born, Hmong, men who have sex with men, bisexual, and transgender communities. She is a researcher-clinician who investigates healthy behavioral and psychological change and tries to develop new methods, techniques and programs to promote sexual and psychological health. Robinson has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed and other journals and books, has been the principal or co-investigator on research grants, and is on the editorial boards of 11 scientific journals. She has been a practicing clinician for her entire career. She is an active teacher, providing for the clinical training of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and medical students and residents, has developed HIV/STD prevention curricula, and has given numerous presentations at professional meetings.
Dianne Berg, PhD, is an assistant professor involved in providing clinical services to adults, adolescents and children with sexuality concerns. Her areas of interest are compulsive sexual behavior, transgender issues (including gender identity disorder and intersex issues in children), women's sexual dysfunction including relationship and sex therapy, abuse recovery, and the treatment of sex offenders (including children with sexual behavior problems). She recently developed a time-limited psychoeducational/support group for partners of people with compulsive sexual behavior and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of a new community health seminar for the GLBT community called Our Sexual Health. Berg's present research focuses on the application of attachment theory to the identification of risk factors specific for sex-related delinquent behavior in adolescents. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and completed a postdoctoral clinical/research fellow at PHS in October, 2001. While at the University of Illinois, she helped to develop, implement, and research the impact of a campus-wide acquaintance rape education program. She also was active in the establishment of lesbian support groups. For several years prior to coming to PHS, Berg focused on the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings including residential treatment and a community mental health outpatient clinic. She continues to be a community faculty member of Metropolitan State University, where she teaches a course on the prevention, assessment, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Jamie Feldman, MD, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. A 1993 graduate of the medical program at the University of Illinois, she holds degrees in both medicine and anthropology. Feldman did her residency training at Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois and is board-certified in family medicine. She has been involved in HIV/AIDS research since 1987 and is the author of Plague Doctors: Responding to the AIDS Epidemic in France and America. She is the author of the British Columbia Primary Care Guidelines for Transgender Adults and co-author of the Endocrine Therapy Guidelines for Transgender Adults. She serves on the board of the International Journal of Transgenderism. Feldman has published and presented extensively on hypoactive female sexual desire. Her other areas of clinical work and research include women's health, sexual health, transgender therapy, and herbal medicine. At PHS, Feldman provides transgender health care and evaluation and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women.
Cesar A. Gonzalez, PhD is an assistant professor engaged in research and clinical activities. He is licensed as a psychologist by the Minnesota Board of Psychology and is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology; Gonzalez is also credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is currently receiving his Advanced Certification in Schema Therapy (a therapeutic approach used to treat long-standing psychological conditions) by the International Society of Schema Therapy through the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York/New Jersey. Gonzalez provides comprehensive psychological assessments that go beyond diagnosis to provide patients with an understanding of core issues that lead to a maladaptive life patterns; he also provide individual, group, and couple/family therapy; and consultation and training in his areas of expertise. Gonzalez is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Transgenderism and the International Journal of Sexual Health, and reviews manuscripts for other peer-reviewed journals. His publications and current research are focused on the mental health of transgender individuals. His research interests include: transgenderism; transphobia; gender nonconformity; depression and suicidality; resilience; early maladaptive schemas and modes (Schema Theory/Therapy); personality disorders; and multicultural community psychology. Gonzalez is bicultural and bilingual in English and Spanish. Gonzalez received his BA in psychology from the University of Arizona and received his PhD in clinical psychology from Alliant International University, Los Angeles. Gonzalez completed his two-year research/clinical postdoctoral fellowship in human sexuality at PHS in 2010. His previous clinical training included behavioral medicine, severe mental illness, child and family therapy, and the assessment of learning differences. His training was with Glendale Adventist Medical Center; Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Pasadena City College; and the Children’s Collective, Inc. in Los Angeles. He worked at Bienestar Human Services, Inc., a non-profit organization serving Latino, HIV-infected/affected, GLBT individuals, as director of evaluation and research, where he evaluated HIV prevention programs and conducted community research on HIV/AIDS. He also worked as staff research associate at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.
Alex Iantaffi, PhD is an assistant professor with the Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, at the University of Minnesota. He is also a licensed marriage and family therapist, who originally trained in the UK as a systemic psychotherapist, and he is Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. His therapeutic work is currently focused on transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and their families; sexuality, and relationships. Iantaffi has conducted research, and published on gender, disability, sexuality, deafness, education, sexual health, HIV prevention, and transgender issues. His scholarly work has been increasingly focused on issues of intersectionality and sexual health disparities. He is currently principal investigator for a study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on deaf men who have sex with men (MSM), HIV testing and prevention, and technology.
Anne McBean, MA, is a graduate of Carleton College and received her MA in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1985. She is a licensed psychologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, an instructor, and the coordinator of the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Treatment Program at PHS. Although she has had involvement in all of the clinical programs at the Center for Sexual Health, her particular areas of expertise are the treatment of compulsive sexual behavior, sexual dysfunction, sexual abuse trauma, sexual orientation confusion/dysphoria, adolescent sexual concerns, parenting concerns around child sexuality issues, and couples concerns. She assists in training medical students in addressing sexual concerns, and recently provided emergency mental health care for hurricane evacuees as part of the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps. She is a certified Level II Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing practitioner. She has been involved in a variety of sexual health endeavors since her undergraduate years, and has had experience over the years in early childhood education, a variety of therapeutic services for adolescents, emergency and short term services for all ages, inpatient and outpatient therapy for compulsive sexual behavior, abuse recovery, the treatment of eating disorders, and various concerns regarding identity, dependency, and relationships. McBean has been instrumental in developing the compulsive sexual behavior treatment approach at the Center for Sexual Health and in training staff and post-doctorate fellows in this approach. She has presented trainings and workshops for both local and national audiences on the assessment and treatment of compulsive sexual behavior, compulsive sexual behavior in women, sexual issues for adolescents, and general sexuality counseling skills. More recently, she has developed a sexual health workshop for those recovering from compulsive sexual behavior called “Seven Things I Hate About Sex.”
Michael Miner, PhD, received his MA in counseling psychology from Loyola Marymount University in 1977 and his PhD from St. Louis University in 1984. He has been with PHS since 1992, after working with the Sex Offender Treatment and Evaluation Project in California. His areas of research include treatment of sex offenders, etiology of sexual abuse, and compulsive sexual behavior. In addition, he serves as co-investigator on many federal grants due to his expertise in research design and statistics. He is vice president of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders and past editor of the Forum, the newsletter for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. He has edited, along with Eli Coleman, PhD, two books: Sexual Offender Treatment: Biopsychosocial Perspectives (Haworth, 2000) and Sex Offender Treatment: Accomplishments, Challenges and Future Directions (Haworth, 2002). He was also guest editor for a special issue of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment entitled "Treatment Outcome Research" and has published numerous articles and book chapters on sex offender treatment, forensic assessment, instrument development, and evaluation methodology. Miner is currently the principal investigator on a U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grant investigating the unique needs of juvenile sex offenders and a University of Minnesota Grant-In-Aid using MRI and fMRI to investigate pedophilia and compulsive sexual behavior. His clinical involvement at PHS includes sex offender treatment, relationship and sexual dysfunction, and HIV counseling. Miner is a licensed psychologist in both Minnesota and California, is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties, American College of Forensic Examiners.
Sara Mize, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and an assistant professor at PHS. She received her MA (1991) and PhD in clinical psychology (1996) from the University of Cincinnati. Her master's degree research involved assessing psychopathology and relationship satisfaction in women with low sexual desire. She completed a postdoctoral clinical/research fellowship at PHS in May of 1998. She has been actively involved in conducting individual, couples, and group psychotherapy with persons with sexual issues. Her areas of interest are relationship health, sexual abuse recovery, women's sexual health, transgender issues, sexuality and disability, and compulsive sexual behavior. She also supervises postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and medical residents and lectures on numerous sexuality topics both inside and outside the University. These speaking engagements have included: couples communication and sexual health lectures to local churches, transgender sensitivity trainings for local businesses, educating health care workers how to promote healthy sexuality in persons with physical disabilities, and lectures to medical students and residents on the diagnosis and treatment of female sexual dysfunctions. She is an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing trained clinician and uses this modality frequently with the populations she serves.
Rose Munns, PsyD, began her work at PHS as a postdoctoral clinical/research fellow in 1998. She received her MA in clinical psychology in 1995 and her PsyD in 1998 from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She had 12 years of experience in the mental health field prior to graduate school. She has extensive clinical experience in assessment and treatment of substance abuse, working in correctional settings with juvenile delinquents and adults, as well as inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. Her primary interest is in providing clinical services to adults with sexuality issues. Her areas of interest are sexual dysfunctions, relationship and sex therapy, transgender issues, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, abuse recovery, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual orientation, and HIV counseling.
Nancy Raymond, MD, did her medical school training and psychiatry residency at the University of Minnesota. She is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the Department of Psychiatry. Her research interests are the underlying pathophysiology of impulsivity in sexual disorders (compulsive sexual behavior) and eating disorders (bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder). She serves as the psychiatric consultant to the Program in Human Sexuality and the Center for Sexual Health. She is also responsible for the coordination of medical services. She is an expert in the treatment of sexual disorders and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Raymond is also the director of the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health, a nationally designated Center of Excellence. The Center is a multidisciplinary program committed to improving the health and wellness of women across the state of Minnesota and runs clinical, research, outreach, leadership, and educational programs that support this goal.
Katie Spencer, PhD, received her MA and PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her BA in women’s studies and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her internship was completed at the University of Illinois-Chicago Counseling Center. Her clinical and research interests include (but are not limited to) lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, gender identity and expression, women’s health and sexuality, trauma and recovery, multicultural and social justice issues, sexual dysfunction, and relationship concerns. Spencer has experience in community mental health, women’s centers, private practice, hospital settings, and university counseling centers.
Bill Stayton, ThD, PhD, is an adjunct professor at PHS. Formerly professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, Stayton is professor, scholar in residence, and former director of the Human Sexuality Program at Widener University. For 28 years he served on the human sexuality faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Stayton has over 65 publications and participated in 12 documentaries on theology, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, lifestyles, gay/lesbian/heterosexual sex therapy, adolescent sexuality, and religion and sexuality. He serves on several editorial boards and is past president of SIECUS, AASECT, and Planned Parenthood of SE Pennsylvania. He has received numerous awards from AASECT, SIECUS, Widener University, and will be receiving the Gold Medal Award from the World Association for Sexual Health in 2011. Stayton is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA.
Michelle van Ryn, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She earned a PhD in social psychology and health, and an MPH in health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health and Institute for Social Research, where she also completed a 2-year fellowship on psychosocial factors and mental health and illness. During this period she won the National Mental Health Association’s award for the Best Preventive Intervention, 1990. She recently completed the academic coursework needed for licensure as a marriage and family therapist and is currently seeing patients at the Center for Sexual Health. Over the last 20 years, her research (and now clinical) work has focused on the factors that create effective and empowering helping relationships across settings, circumstances, and diverse patient characteristics. She has a strong clinical interest in relationship, intimacy, and sexual health issues. In addition, she has two areas of special clinical and research interest: the impact of illness, chronic disease, and/or disability on self, relationships and sexual functioning, and methods and approaches for providing accepting and effective therapy to people involved in alternative relationships, alternative sexual lifestyles, and/or non-traditional family arrangements.
Brian Zamboni, PhD, is a certified sex therapist and certified sex educator via the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. He obtained his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Loyola University Chicago. He earned a BA in psychology from Reed College. He has been doing work in human sexuality via research, therapy, or teaching since 1996. He has provided therapy and assessment services to adolescents and adults in several settings. Clinical training sites have included community and county hospitals, a college counseling center, a VA medical center, an adolescent inpatient psychiatric center, and several adult inpatient psychiatric facilities. Prior to working at PHS, Zamboni provided couples therapy and sex therapy for three years at the Loyola Sexual Dysfunction Clinic. In addition to therapy services, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human sexuality. He helps train medical students and other health or helping professionals via workshops and seminars. He provides a variety of consulting services to individuals and organizations on diverse topics related to human sexuality. Recent topics have included sexuality and aging, sexual science and marketing, and sexual enhancement techniques for men. He also recently developed a seminar that focuses on coping with sexual dysfunction and another that helps the family, friends, partners, and other loved ones of transgender individuals. He is currently developing workshops that focus on sexual health in the workplace. He has been involved in several research and community health projects focused on HIV prevention and other aspects of sexuality, many of which have led to professional publications. In addition to conducting research, Zamboni reviews sex research for publication. He is a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. His clinical and research interests include couples therapy, sexual dysfunction, sexual health in the business world and workplace, sexual compulsivity, sex offending, transgender issues and sexual minorities.
Postdoctoral Clinical/Research Fellows & Residents
Margaret Flaget-Greener, PsyD, received her MA and PsyD in clinical psychology from Widener University in Chester, PA. In addition to her clinical degrees, she also received a Master of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Her clinical training comprises inpatient psychiatric care, child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse, college counseling, and outpatient community mental health. Her doctoral research examined clinical psychologists' attitudes and biases towards older clients' sexuality. Her clinical interests include older adults' sexuality and sexual health, gender identity development, women's issues, and relationship therapy.
Lauren Fogel, PsyD, has joined PHS as a postdoctoral fellow. She received her MA and PsyD in clinical psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ. Her clinical training has included experience in private practice, community mental health, and inpatient settings. Fogel’s doctoral research examined the literature on compulsive sexual behavior. Her clinical interests include compulsive sexual behavior, assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, sexual health, and gender and sexual identity development.
Jo Gulstad, PsyD, received her BA in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota, and her PsyD from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has a broad interest in the area of human sexuality, with experience in its clinical, forensic, and research arenas. Her honors thesis was a unique study that examined sexual psycho-physiological responses of lesbian women in relation to their subjective ratings of sexual arousal. Her doctoral dissertation examined construct validity of the MMPI-2 Restructured Clinical Scales. She has conducted psychological evaluations to address disability, competency, and vocational placement. Gulstad coordinated mental health services for a California juvenile correctional facility, and conducted research, program evaluation, and program development for Minnesota Department of Corrections Behavioral Health. She volunteers at a local community mental health “drop-in” clinic serving a range of clients with varying ethnic, socio-economic, gender, and sexual orientations. Gulstad’s clinical interests include: gender identity exploration and development; sexual orientation exploration and development; difficulties of sexual arousal or sexual functioning; recognition and treatment of compulsive sexual behaviors and relationship concerns; and assessment and treatment of sexual offending patterns. She employs cognitive-behavioral and systemic therapy approaches to help clients recognize distorted beliefs about themselves and self-defeating patterns, and engages their strengths in developing more functional approaches to their self-image and how they interact with others.
Krista Nabar, PsyD, received her MA and PsyD from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. With social justice issues and equality as a primary interest for her, she received clinical training at a state-funded psychiatric hospital, a culturally-diverse family counseling center, a private practice serving primarily individuals with HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ communities, and a community mental health center in Portsmouth, NH. Her doctoral research examined the individualistic and Western ideological underpinnings of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, and the ways in which it negatively impacts women, racial/ethnically diverse populations, and sexual/gender minorities. Her clinical interests include sexual health and wellness, sexual and gender identity development, sexual abuse and trauma, relationship therapy, and feminist approaches to therapy.
Jordan Rullo, PhD, received her BA in psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington and her MS and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her training has included completion of a psychology Honors Thesis at the Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, as well as completing an APA-accredited internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario, with a specialization in the sexual behaviors and forensic track. She received an APA Division 44 Scholarship Award to conduct her dissertation research on the subjective and objective sexual arousal/interest of bisexually-identified men and women. Rullo’s clinical interests include: compulsive sexual behavior/hypersexuality, gender identity and sexual orientation development, relationships and sexual functioning, and paraphilias. She employs interpersonal reconstructive and cognitive-behavioral treatment modalities in her clinical work in order to help clients learn to recognize their patterns and where they came from, as well as make a decision about which patterns to change and how to develop new and more adaptive patterns.