WHO IS THE SEXOLOGIST BEHIND "ASK THE SEXOLOGIST"?
Robert Berend is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). He has been lecturing around the world on human sexuality for over 30 years.
Robert is originally from southern California. He began studying human sexuality in the 1970s, reading the journal Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality. He completed his B.A. in biophysics at U.C. Berkeley in 1978, where he focused on reproductive biology and contraceptive technology. His undergraduate paper for Dr. Frank Beach at U.C. Berkeley (the founder of the journal Hormones and Behavior) was on the role of pheromones in primate sexual attraction, including humans. He then received a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of law in 1981. After some time had passed he chose to return to his true passion, human sexuality and sexology, and was accepted to the doctoral program at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, from which he received his Ph.D. in 2012. His dissertation covered his research on first blind dates and chemistry.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Berend has attended scores of academic conferences on sexuality and sexual medicine, including meetings with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the World Association for Sexual Health, and others.
He has given over 400 lectures around the world on human sexuality (and other academic topics) and is available to lecture at events. Although he is not a licensed therapist, Dr. Berend has attended sex therapists' conferences all over the world, as well as on sexual medicine, neurobiology, endocrinology, and countless others.
Dr. Berend currently lives in Beverly Hills, California.