You can find the agenda for the day’s events HERE. You can register for the event HERE.

Meet the great line up of speakers for this research convening!

Arushi Singh is a Programme Specialist, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She works on comprehensive sexuality education, gender, sexuality and adolescent wellbeing in UNESCO’s Section of Health and Education. Previously, she worked as a consultant, providing technical assistance, strategic direction, and qualitative, participatory evaluation on adolescent and youth sexuality, gender and rights, leadership building, and advocacy to several international NGOs and UN agencies across the Asia-Pacific region and Eastern and Southern Africa.


Chanel Jaali is an independent researcher, sexual educator, and owner of Jaali Co. Chanel Jaali is an independent researcher, public speaker, mental health professional and sexual educator focusing on the topics of sexual development, sexual attitudes and behaviors, and reproductive rights. Her research has been presented nationally at many prestigious conferences. She is a HIV/AIDS activist and conducts community workshops nationwide on subjects from safer sex practices to sexual assault.


Eva Goldfarb , PhD, Professor of Public Health, Montclair University is a leading expert on Human Sexuality. Dr. Goldfarb’s work is notable for its focus on positive, affirming, and comprehensive approaches to human sexuality and sexuality education and for her commitment to effective learning, actively engaged democratic classrooms, social justice, and civic engagement. Dr. Goldfarb holds a PhD in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary) from the Starr King School for the Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association.


Gabrielle S. Evans , MPH, CHES is a sexuality educator and researcher and Co-Founder of The Minority Sex Report, whose mission is to provide representation in sexuality education, in particular, addressing barriers to achieving optimal sexual health for communities of color as well as intersectional inequalities faced by Black and Native communities. Gabrielle is also a doctoral student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. As a sexuality educator and researcher, Gabrielle hopes to reduce sexual health disparities among Native American populations and expand research on Native sexual well-being.


Javontae Lee Williams , MPH, is an Adjunct Professor, at Widener University. Javontae Williams is a nurse, academic lecturer, and public health advocate. He currently leads HIV prevention services coordination for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. He also serves as Chair for the LGBTQ Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association.


Dr. Laina Y. Bay-Cheng is a Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Bay-Cheng concentrates her research on the imprint of social forces and material conditions on young women’s sexual lives. She combines empirical and conceptual analyses to shift attention away from individual-focused models of sexual risk and toward the interlocked misogyny, racism, economic injustice, and age-based oppression at the root of young women’s sexual vulnerability. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and earned her MSW and PhD at the University of Michigan’s joint doctoral program in Social Work and Psychology while affiliated with UM’s Institute for Research on Women & Gender.


Dr. Lisa Lieberman, PhD, is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at Montclair State University. She received her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. Her work over 3 and a half decades has focused on mixed-methods research and evaluation of sex education programs, adolescent sexual decision-making, campus sexual assault climate, tobacco control, and policy, systems, and environmental approaches to promoting health. She has conducted applied research for youth-serving non-profit organizations, government agencies, and initiatives, including research on programs serving pregnant and parenting teens in the NYC foster care system, NYC’s condom availability program during the early years of the HIV epidemic, and evaluations of a range of sex education programs and approaches – in various parts of the USA holding widely divergent views about sex education.


Myeshia Price , Ph.D. (she/they) is a Senior Research Scientist at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. She is a developmental psychologist with more than ten years of experience in adolescent public health research, with a focus on sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ youth from an intersectional and developmental perspective.


Stephen Russell is the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development, chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, and Director of the School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an expert in adolescent and young adult health, with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity. He published a series of papers that were the first nationally representative studies to document significant health risk among sexual minority adolescents using the Add Health Study. Since then he has studied health risk and resilience among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and young adults, with an emphasis on gender and race/ethnic/cultural difference in sexual minority health. Much of his research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy adolescent development.


Tanya Bass is an Adjunct Instructor at North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education. Tanya M. Bass is a national award winning sexuality educator and a subject matter expert in the areas of health equity and sexual health. She is an alumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for the past 10 years. Currently, Tanya is the lead instructor for Human Sexuality.

John Santelli is a Professor, Population and Family Health and Pediatrics at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Santelli has conducted policy-related research on HIV/STD risk behaviors, trends in teen fertility, programs to prevent STD/HIV/unintended pregnancy, school-based health centers, adolescent clinical preventive services, and research ethics. He has been a global leader in ensuring that adolescents have access to medically accurate, comprehensive sexuality education and are appropriately included in health research. He has been the principal investigator of three NICHD-funded projects on HIV risk among youth and linkages between HIV infection and reproductive health with the Rakai Health Sciences Project in southern Uganda.

Dr. Catherine (Kay) Maunsell is Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development in the School of Human Development, Dublin City University Institute of Education and Principal Investigator, on the TEACH-RSE Research Project on Teacher Professional Development and Relationships and Sexuality Education. Kay lectures primarily in the area of developmental and educational psychology across a range of programmes offered within the Institute of Education, including the BAJH (Human Development). She is currently pursuing her research interests in the rights of children and young people and those most marginalised, and their rights to Relationships and Sexuality Education from a developmental perspective.