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Presentation On Sexual Behavior Disorder At MJC

Modesto Junior College is hosting a presentation on “Clinical and Research Perspectives on Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder” by Rory Reid, Ph.D., LCSW, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences at University of California, Los Angeles. The free lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 at 4 p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. Parking in campus lots is available for $2.

The public is invited to join MJC’s Psychology Discussion Group for this presentation by a leading authority on compulsive sexual behavior, which will be of interest to anyone working in the fields of mental health, human services and health services.

Compulsive sexual behavior has received significant attention in the media over the past decade. Also labeled sex addiction or hypersexual behavior, prominent individuals in athletics and politics, and several celebrities have been classified as “sex addicts.” The #MeToo movement has highlighted problematic sexual behavior among high profile individuals but is sometimes mischaracterized as “sexual compulsivity” leading to confusion about these phenomena. The concept of hypersexual disorder or sex addiction has also gained momentum in legal proceedings where child custody or other important outcomes have been at stake.

The notion of sex addiction being a legitimate mental health illness has been controversial in the clinical and scientific communities. Some debate exists about whether it should constitute an “addictive” disorder.

In this lecture, one of the foremost leading experts on compulsive sexual behavior draws on his clinical expertise and empirical research to discuss the constellation of issues surrounding this topic and help those in attendance have greater clarity about these phenomena.

Reid holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a dual emphasis in neuropsychology and marriage and family therapy. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and post-doctoral training in clinical research at Harvard Medical School.

Reid has published numerous research articles on hypersexual behavior in scientific journals and has worked with hundreds of individuals, couples, and families negatively impacted by this issue. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, as well as TV specials on ABC, CBS and Fox News. He serves on the editorial boards for several peer-reviewed journals and has trained and educated mental health professionals, industry specialists, government organizations and lay audiences around the world.