AACAST enjoys the benefit of lectures provided by national and international experts in the field of couples and sex therapy. 

Walter E. Brackelmanns, MD

Walter E. Brackelmanns, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA. He has worked for 30 years developing and teaching a unique and practical approach to couples therapy, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Brackelmanns has twice appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, has demonstrated his ideas in a five-part series on the Today Show, and has had his own nationally syndicated television program called “Couples.” Dr. Brackelmanns has lectured to numerous schools and universities, professional organizations, community organizations, religious organizations, community outreach programs on Couples Therapy, Human Sexuality, Sex Education, Sex Therapy, Hypnosis, School Mental Health programs, and issues with children and adolescents. In addition to his work at UCLA, Dr. Brackelmanns has lectured for UC Irvine, USC, The New Center for Psychoanalysis, Pro Psych Seminars, and the Los Angeles Unified School District, to name a few. Dr. Brackelmanns received the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award from UCLA Extension Division in 2006 and the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching Award in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA in 2006.


Ron Crane, MFT

Ron Crane, a Marriage and Family Therapist, received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University. He has done extensive post-graduate work at the University of Missouri, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Los Angeles.  He received a Doctor of Laws Degree, LLD (honoris causa) from International College in 1980 for his contributions to the Mental Health profession. Ron has been in the practice of psychotherapy for over forty-five years with special interest in: Individual and Couples Therapy, Gay and Lesbian Therapy, Sexual Therapy, and Addiction Therapy. He has been involved with: Sexual Abuse Treatment Centers, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Youth Shelters and Family Services, the South Central Los Angeles Mental Rehabilitation Center, and various addiction treatment programs. Ron is currently Vice-President and Editor of the American Association of Sexual and Couples Therapists, Co-Director of the Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program of the Department of Adult Psychiatry, the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, and in private practice in West Los Angeles.


Wendy Cherry, Psy.D.

Wendy Cherry, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Sherman Oaks. Dr. Cherry specializes in treating individuals and couples on a wide variety of issues. She has been training with renowned couples therapist Dr. Walter E. Brackelmanns for the last fourteen years, and has been trained extensively in InterAnalytic Couples Therapy and Sex Therapy. Wendy is also a member of the Dr. Allan Schore study group focusing on advancements in Affect Regulation Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Her professional interests and studies focus on the areas of Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Human Sexuality, Somatic Therapies, and Mindfulness. Dr. Cherry is an accomplished speaker, and has been featured on many national and international television shows, news networks and radio shows during her previous career in the late 90s as an internet consultant and expert. Currently, Dr. Cherry provides presentations on interpersonal neurobiology, and couples and sex therapy to varied organizations. She may be reached through her web site at www.drwendycherry.com.


Berta Davis, Ph.D.

Berta Davis is an assistant clinical professor Psychiatry at UCLA, and a diplomat, supervisor and certified sex therapist and provider of continuing education through the American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). She has lectured and given workshops at local and international locations throughout her career. In recent years she has presented at the World Association of Sexuality, American Psychological Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists, Los Angeles County Psychological Association, San Fernando County Psychological Association and California Psychological Association.


Winston Wilde, DHS

Winston Wilde is an AASECT certified Sex Educator, Sex Therapist and Supervisor, and an LMFT in private practice in Beverly Hills. His practice consists mostly of psychodynamic work with erotic minority people, couples negotiating non-monogamy, polyamorists and alt-families, and traditional sex therapy. D. Wilde has been a professor at Antioch University Los Angeles and several local colleges instructing Human Sexuality, Erotic Minorities, and Transgender Identities. Wilde has also lectured in Canada, Cuba, India, Mexico, Nepal and Puerto Rico on topics ranging from Circumcision to Psychotherapy with Kinky-folk. He is current Past President of the Western Region of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and Advisory Chair for the Monette-Horwitz Trust. Wilde is the author of the book Legacies of Love, various essays and book reviews, and has conducted pioneering research into the sexualities of blind persons.


Aaron Hass, Ph.D.

Aaron Hass, Ph.D. is on the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry of the UCLA School of Medicine and, for almost two decades, he was a Supervisor of the Human Sexuality Clinic at the UCLA School of Medicine.  Dr. Hass was Professor of Psychology at California State Univeresity, Dominguez Hills and a Visiting Professor at Tel-Aviv University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.  Dr. Hass is the author of six books (one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize) and numerous journal articles and chapters.  He conducts a clinical practice in Brentwood.


Ardis A. Moe M.D.

Ardis Moe is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA. She did her residency and Chief Residency at LAC/USC Medical Center and was an Infectious Disease fellow on the NIH-sponsored AIDS Training Grant at UCLA. She has a dual appointment as an AIDS specialist physician at UCLA and at a Ryan White funded HIV clinic in South-Central Los Angeles, T.H.E. Clinic, Inc. She is interested in complications of HIV and HIV therapies, hepatitis C and in research in women with HIV.  Her current research projects include:  (1)Treatment options for lipodystrophy due to HIV medications (2) hepatitis C treatment in HIV infected adults and (3) organ transplantation in HIV.


Lou Paget

Lou Paget is a Certified Sex Educator and grassroots researcher whose quest for accurate practical information for herself has created a highly successful international seminar and product company with a focus on lifestyle and cultural trends that impact our sexuality, health and relationships. Paget began organizing her Los Angeles based women's focus groups on sexuality and health in the early '90s. Equally respected by her peers in the fields of sexuality research, she regularly presents at national and international professional conferences.


Joshua Golden, M.D.

Joshua Golden, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, BA1952 and U.C. San Francisco, MD 1955. After internship at Los Angeles County Harbor General Hospital, 1955-56, he was a resident in Psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, 1956-57 and 1959-61. He served as a Captain and Chief of the Neuropsychiatric Section, March Air Force Base, California from 1957-1959. Following completion of residency training in Psychiatry, he joined the full time faculty and rose to the rank of Clinical Professor. He was also an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Medicine from 1967 -1980. Dr. Golden was a founder and Director of the UCLA Human Sexuality program from 1973 until 1995, which trained medical professionals and allied personnel in the evaluation and treatment of sexual problems. He has had a private practice of Psychiatry specializing in the treatment of individuals and couples and families with sexual and relationship problems.


Peggy Golden

Peggy Golden, married to Joshua Golden for the past 53 years, was a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara, BA 1955. She was trained by the Los Angeles County Probation Department as a correctional probation officer and worked for LA County and San Bernardino County in that role. After several years devoted to raising their young daughter and son, she volunteered in population control and family planning programs with Planned Parenthood among other organizations. For several years she was employed by LA County Harbor General Hospital to organize and establish family planning outreach programs in Los Angeles County. In 1973, following a two year stay in Madrid, Spain, she trained in the UCLA  Human Sexuality Program , and then worked as a research assistant in projects investigating the prevalence of sexual problems in a population of women attending family planning programs in local hospitals and clinics. She then spent several years as a lecturer and supervisor of trainees in the UCLA Human Sexuality Program.  She has been a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in the treatment of couples and families with sexual and relationship problems until the present.


Linda R. Mona, Ph.D.

Linda R. Mona, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has advocated for the sexual rights and sexual expression of people with disabilities for the past 15 years. Dr. Mona has worked in a variety of settings providing clinical services, training healthcare professionals and conducting research focusing upon the sexual experiences of people with disabilities. She obtained her BA in psychology at UCLA and both her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at Georgia State University. Currently, Dr. Mona works as a consultant providing training to rehabilitation hospital professionals on addressing sexuality issues with people with disabilities. In addition to her work on sexuality and disability, Dr. Mona also provides consultation to corporations on strategies to better understand and include disability as a diverse life experience in the work place. Dr. Mona has received national recognition by the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professions and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for her work focusing on persons with disabilities. She has published over 50 articles on disability in academic-related publications and has delivered over 100 workshops and seminars on this topic.


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