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Eric Schrimshaw, PhD (he/him)

Dr. Eric W. Schrimshaw is Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine which he joined in July 2019. Before joining UCF, he spent 22 years at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences. With a PhD in social/personality psychology, Dr. Schrimshaw’s research is focused on LGBT health disparities and HIV prevention and treatment. His past research includes studies of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents, HIV-positive women and older adults, behaviorally-bisexual men, use of pornography by gay and bisexual men, and use of hook-up apps by gay and bisexual men. Dr. Schrimshaw’s research makes extensive use of longitudinal designs and a mixed-methods approach that features both online surveys as well as in-depth qualitative interviewing to understand health behaviors. His research makes frequent use of social media marketing campaigns for participant recruitment, data collection, and retention. He currently serves as PI on three current NIH R01 studies funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities including studies of sexual scripts among gay and bisexual youth (with Dr. Ellen Benoit), male sex workers who meet partners on hook-up apps (with Dr. Karolynn Siegel), and protective factors for suicide among young lesbian and bisexual women (with Dr. Lindsay Taliaferro). 

Edda I. Santiago-Rodríguez, DrPH, MPH, MA

Dr. Edda I. Santiago-Rodríguez is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. With a DrPH in Social Determinants of Health and postdoctoral education in HIV prevention research, she is interested in understanding the way social determinants of health influence people’s health, including sexual health, and wellbeing. For the past 10 years, she has worked with populations made vulnerable and communities in Puerto Rico and the United States. She has focused on a series of HIV-related projects working to examine intersectional stigma, housing instability, and psychosocial factors affecting sexual minority men, transgender women and other Latino people living with HIV and their HIV care and treatment outcomes. She has blended her academic training and research experience in public health, social-community psychology, and HIV research, and leveraged her skills and insights in conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. Her long term research plan is to focus on understanding and eliminating the health inequities that influence the health of frequently marginalized populations, specifically the LGBT health disparities in Latino communities in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Cory L. Pedersen, PhD

Cory Pedersen earned her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2004.  After teaching many years as a graduate student at UBC and adjunct instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Cory was hired full-time at KPU in 2005. 
Her interest in human sexuality began in 2007, with research on developmental trends in the adolescent sexual timetable.  She developed the very popular course, Psychology 3010 (Human Sexuality) in 2008 has been immersed in sexology and the psychology of gender ever since. In 2011, Cory founded the Observations and Research in Gender and Sexuality Matters Lab to further her interests, providing students an opportunity to gain valuable research experience in sex and gender studies. Since its inception, several collaborative projects with the lab have been presented at conferences and in publication, and over a dozen lab members have been accepted to graduate school. 

In her free time, Cory can be found golfing and dancing poorly, reading prolifically, and loving movies, binge-worthy television shows, her family, and her dog.

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Abstract Submissions
Abstract Submissions

The abstract portal is currently closed.

Member Posters!

SSSS will open the abstract portal again in late summer! We invite SSSS Members to submit their late breaking work and/or work in progress that was not ready during the regular call for abstracts. Member Poster details will be posted soon - visit often for up-to-date information!

Abstract Submission Updates

Updates can be made to submissions until April 25 May 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM (EST). This includes the profile, presentation title, abstract, authors/co-authors, degrees, affiliations, etc. Abstract submissions CANNOT be updated after this date. 

Abstract Decision Notifications

Abstract decision email notifications will be sent to the lead author/presenter (person who submitted the abstract) in mid-June. The lead author/presenter will be asked to forward the decision notification to the co-authors/co-presenters (if applicable). 

If you DO NOT receive your email notification by mid-June please check your spam/junk folders. If you cannot locate your email notification after looking in your spam/junk folder, please contact SSSS.

Lead Author/Presenter

(person who submitted the abstract)

If information from your profile changes (name, email address, affiliation, etc.), update your profile in the abstract portal (open until April 25 May 2), to ensure the abstract decision email notification reaches you.


The abstract decision email notification will be sent to the lead author/presenter (person who submitted the abstract) in early-June. If the email was not forwarded to you, reach out to the lead author/presenter regarding the decision notification.  

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Land Acknowledgement
Land Acknowledgement

The 2022 SSSS Annual Conference will be held in the territories of

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), 

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), &

Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.



The land of present-day Vancouver was inhabited by the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations for thousands of years.

The Musqueam are traditional hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking people who have always moved throughout the territory using the resources it provides for fishing, hunting, trapping, and gathering. The name Musqueam relates back to the flowering plant, məθkʷəy̓, which grows in the Fraser River estuary. A sχʷəy̓em̓ that has been passed on from generation to generation explains how they became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm – People of the məθkʷəy̓ plant. (Source:

According to Squamish history, it is not known when the first humans entered Howe Sound in search of food and shelter, but it is reasonable to believe it was 5,000 years or more ago. To survive, they would have led a nomadic life, travelling wherever resources were best obtained for the time of year. As hundreds of years rolled by, they grew in number and permanent settlements began to evolve. Living in the same place for thousands of years has given aboriginal people a sense of stewardship and connection to the land which is almost extinct for Europeans. They did not feel ownership as we understand it today, they felt custodial inheritance, of a land and terrain which belonged by natural right to everyone. (Source:

Oral history tells us up to 10,000 Tsleil-Waututh members lived in the traditional territory before contact with Europeans. The ancestors’ survival depended on cycles of hunting, harvesting, and preserving foods, and on trade with neighbors. Originally, this great nation was about 10,000 strong, a distinct Coast Salish nation whose territory includes Burrard Inlet and the waters draining into it. (Source:


The first Europeans to explore the area were Spanish Captain José María Narváez in 1791, and British naval Captain George Vancouver in 1792. In 1827 Fort Langley trading post set up by Hudson’s Bay Company and in the 1860s European settlements began. With the influx of Europeans, the Indigenous Peoples in Canada were killed in the largest numbers by European diseases such as measles, smallpox, and influenza for which they had no immunity. They also were killed by European blades and guns, and colonialism—land theft on a gigantic scale, forced removals, and exhaustion of natural resources. From the 1830s onward, the indigenous groups were encouraged—at times forced—to give up their old migratory habits, settle on reserves, learn farming and trading, and receive religious instruction. By the second half of the nineteenth century, the British Canadians were ready to do away with the political and cultural independent existence of indigenous nations. In 1867, the British North America Act united three British colonies into the first four provinces of the Dominion of Canada, establishing Canada as a federation of provinces, a dominion under the British Crown.

Two main pieces of legislation laid the foundation for what was to be the new Dominion’s policy regarding relations with First Nations: the Gradual Civilization Act of 1857 and the Gradual Enfranchisement Act of 1869. This marked the beginning of the forced dependency of the First Nations on the Canadian government and the forced assimilation of the First Nations people. One could either be deemed “Status Indian” or “enfranchised” – not both. For example, if Status Indians earned a university degree or became a professional, they gained full Canadian citizenship (with or without their consent) and lost their Indian status.

As Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald said in 1887, “The great aim of our legislation has been to do away with the tribal system and assimilate the Indian people in all respects with the other inhabitants of the Dominion as speedily as they are fit to change.” Yet despite this high talk of Indian enfranchisement, the official process designed to assimilate indigenous people as soon as possible, Indigenous Peoples in Canada could not vote until the 1960s.




Musqueam people continue to practice their traditions and culture daily. They do this by practicing sacred ceremonies and, more informally, through sharing meals and sχʷəy̓em̓ amongst community and with other First Nations communities who practice the same traditions. xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people continue to honour their collective responsibilities to keep their culture vital and strong, share the teachings and laws, and work collaboratively to protect our environment while building a vibrant community for all. (Source:

The Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Úxumixw, the Squamish territory is 6732 square kilometers with about 4,000 members of the Squamish Nation. They speak Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Snichem with the number of fluent speakers being extremely low but they are aggressive in bringing back to their youth. (Source: The modern era of Squamish Nation history started in 1923 when a majority of the Squamish People who were eligible voters at the time all voted to request the Federal Department of Indian Affairs amalgamate several different Indian Bands with Squamish People into a single entity called the Squamish Nation. The amalgamation request was approved and all accounts were merged, all Indian Reserve lands were to be held by the single entity, and all Squamish People were to receive equal distribution of any revenue received from any of the 26 different Indian Reserve lands that belonged to all Squamish People. (Source:

Today the Tsleil-Waututh nation draws on the knowledge of their ancestors to remedy past wrongs, reclaim their territory and traditions, and advance into a bright future. They assert their Aboriginal rights and title and put the Tsleil-Waututh face back on our traditional territory in all they do. The population has increased more than 200% in the past 30 years. Today, the Nation is more than 500 people strong, including a young population and growing quickly. The stewardship ensures Tsleil-Waututh participates in all planning and development on the traditional territory, so once-abundant resources can be restored, protected, and used sustainably. They are rebuilding our culture and environment so future generations can thrive as ancestors have. (Source:


While land acknowledgment is a small part of supporting Indigenous peoples, SSSS hopes this statement will inspire others show solidarity with native communities.

If you are able, please donate to:

·        Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society

·        Honoring Indigenous Peoples (HIP)

·        Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

·        BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

·        Indspire:


·        List of Indigenous Organizations in Canada published by the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society:


If you are not able to donate, please amplify the voices of Indigenous people leading movements of change.

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Discounted Rates for SSSS Members!
Discounted Rates for SSSS Members!

If you are not a SSSS member, join today and your membership will continue through December 31, 2022 - - member benefits include lower conference rates!

Member benefits also include:

  • Access to SSSS journal, the Journal of Sex Research (online access starts with Vol.1, Issue 1 in 1965 to current Issue)
  • Members can contribute to the Sexual Science News page (publications, promotions, projects, awards, events, and more)
  • Opportunities to Receive Grants and Nominate/Receive Awards
  • Special Interest Groups (SIG) – An opportunity to network and connect with other members who share your same areas of interest!
  • Mentorship Program – Opportunities to build your professional network and chat with professionals in the field of sex science!
  • Member Directory – Share your information to network with other members!
  • Sex Expert Directory – Share your information with the public for networking, press, media, and marketing!
  • Event Archives - Access the recordings of select live events, such as Mentorship and SIG presentations.
  • And More!

Join/Renew Today!

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Hotel Information
Hotel Information

Thank you for supporting SSSS by staying at the host hotel!

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

1000 Burrard Street

Vancouver, British Columbia

V6Z 2R9 Canada

Room Rates*

(single or double occupancy):

Traditional Room: $199 CAD**

*Limited availability at these rates. Rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

**Taxes and Fees not included.


The Hotel Reservation Link will be posted here in early summer!

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Sponsorship Opportunities will be available in late May! Check back soon!

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