Summer Institute Faculty

The Summer Institute draws faculty from many different areas of academia and professional leaders in various fields. We are working on a great line-up of faculty and mentors for our 2015 program. Our fantastic lecturers have worked with a wide variety of age groups throughout the lifespan. Our mentors are committed to work in the field of sexuality and gender and have a lot to offer our full week participants.

Learn more about the Summer Institute mentors, lecturers, special presentations, and staff.


Colleen Hoff

Dr. Hoff, a Clinical Psychologist, is a Professor of Sexuality Studies, and is currently the director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality. Dr. Hoff has worked extensively in the field of HIV Prevention by developing and implementing community level, social network, group and individual intervention trials aimed at reducing sexual risk among gay men. She also collaborated on two different studies aimed at promoting female condom use among sexually active women of color in the Bay Area. Professor Hoff is currently the Principal Investigator of a large scale couples study that focuses on agreements gay male couples make about sex with outside partners. Her particular interest is in the nuances of the negotiations and what factors support and hinder safety from HIV. After working in the field for over two decades Dr. Hoff is particularly passionate about addressing sexual health disparities in communities of color and marginalized populations. Her background in community mental health shaped her professional goal of reducing stigma and oppression in order to improve health. Dr. Hoff is also an AASECT certified sex therapist and keeps a small private practice where she works with couples and individuals facing sexual problems. Dr. Hoff loves sports and being outside as much as possible; she skis, plays tennis and attends boot camp early in the morning. In her free time she loves to be home in the East Bay with her husband and two dogs.

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Based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and as an affiliate faculty member of CREGS, Dr. Kaplan will spend the next three years implementing a study exploring the lived experiences of trans women in Beirut, Lebanon and adapting and pilot testing an HIV prevention intervention for use among this population. With a background in public health and social welfare, her interests lie in the intersections of gender, risk, conflict, and health. Her work has almost always been situated in the international context, from her Masters thesis that examined the needs and strengths of caregivers of children with disabilities in Russia to her focus on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for the last ten years. Dr. Kaplan holds a Masters degree in Public Health from The George Washington University, where Dr. Kaplan concentrated in maternal and child health. Before returning for further formal education for her PhD in Social Welfare, Dr. Kaplan worked at the University of California, San Francisco on international women’s health research. During her doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Kaplan immersed herself in coursework on qualitative methodology, HIV/AIDS prevention training, and theories in social science in preparation to design and implement a qualitative dissertation that explored the meaning of living with HIV/AIDS among women in Lebanon. During her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley on mental health and social conflict, Dr. Kaplan consulted on a study that explored the HIV risk behavior and social networks of men who have sex with men (MSM), male sex workers, and trans women in Lebanon. Her current work represents an important first step for leveraging funds via the National Institutes of Mental Health to address the risk and resilience of trans women in MENA. She’s a Halloween baby and first-generation American.  When not working or traveling, Dr. Kaplan is home cozying up with her partner and pup or keeping it queer on dance-floors in San Francisco.

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Dr. Jamison Green is a writer and educator, born and raised in Oakland, California (1948). He holds both a BA and MFA in English from the University of Oregon. In 2011 he earned a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University School of Law (England). He is the 8th person in the world to earn a PhD in Law with a focus on transsexual and transgender issues. In 1994, he authored the landmark document “Report on Discrimination Against Transgendered People” for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, which served as the foundation for the establishment of protective legislation in the City and County of San Francisco, and specified much of the agenda for the contemporary transgender movement. He developed the curriculum on transgender sensitivity training that has been used since 1995 at the San Francisco Police Academy, and which has been adapted for use in other cities. The Advocate magazine named him one of “our best and brightest activists” (1999). He was the only trans man invited to speak at the Millennium March on Washington (2000). Jamison began his transition from female to male in 1988. He led FTM International, Inc. from March 1991 until August 1999. Since 1995 he has received awards of distinction from all of the largest established transgender organizations in the U.S., and was the first trans man to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists for his contributions to LGBT mental health (May 2009), and the first trans man to receive the Transgender Advocate award from the National LGBT Bar Association for his contributions to legislative advocacy and litigation strategy on behalf of trans people worldwide (August 2009). In that same year, he also received the Vanguard Award from the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco “for leading when no one else did.” He has mentored scores of trans activists, and serves as a role model for hundreds, if not thousands, of trans people and their families around the world. To date, his advocacy for health care reform, starting with establishing trans-inclusive health plans for employees of the City and County of San Francisco (an effort spanning the years 1994-2001), has led to millions of American workers having access to transgender-inclusive care. Dr. Green has worked as a Trans Health Policy Analyst for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and he is also president of his own small consulting firm, Jamison Green & Associates, which specializes in training and policy consulting on transsexual and transgender issues with businesses, governmental bodies, diverse professional associations, and educational institutions. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Human Sexuality PhD Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He presently serves as President of the board of directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and he volunteers with several other nonprofit educational organizations, including Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and the Transgender Law & Policy Institute. Jamison lives in the East Bay with his wife Heidi. He has a 30-year-old daughter, Morgan and a 25-year-old son, Nicholas. Together, the family enjoys cooking (and eating!), seeing and discussing movies, hiking, travel, reading, music, and photography. Jamison is an accomplished backpacker, former competitive giant slalom skier, Afro-Brazillian drummer, semi-professional photographer, commercial voice actor, and singer in rock’n’roll bands.

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Jae Sevelius, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sevelius leads several research projects at the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health to promote increased access to culturally competent health care for transgender people. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, Dr. Sevelius’ research is focused on leveraging data to develop culturally relevant, transgender–specific programs and interventions to promote holistic health and wellness among transgender people, with an emphasis on serving transgender women of color and those affected by HIV. Dr. Sevelius is currently conducting a pilot randomized controlled trial of ‘Sheroes’, a sexual risk reduction and empowerment intervention developed in collaboration with and for transgender women of color (R34MH102109) with funding from NIMH. She is also developing an intervention for transgender women incarcerated in the San Francisco County Jail (R34DA038541) with funding from NIDA to increase engagement in health care upon reentry into the community. Additionally, Dr. Sevelius is Co-Investigator on several transgender-focused projects, including a national demonstration project testing interventions to engage and retain HIV+ transgender women of color in care (PI: G. Rebchook), and formative research with transgender women in Brazil (PI: S. Lippman). In her personal time, Jae enjoys yoga, hiking, dancing, jogging, and tinkering with her blog and her partner Catherine’s artist website.  Jae lives with Catherine and their cat, Xanadu, in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood of San Francisco.

Jason Laker

Dr. Jason Laker is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership (and former Vice President) at San José State University in California, USA.  He previously served as AVP & Dean of Student Affairs, Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, and on the Gender Studies Faculty at Queen’s University in Canada.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, where he also served as Director of Business Programs and Workforce Development.  Dr. Laker also holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling.  His international activities include engagements as board member, visiting faculty, consultant or speaker, particularly in Europe, and he has served on the ETF International Expertise Editorial Advisory Board since 2009.  His scholarly work includes four edited texts, one each in the U.S. and Canada, regarding gender and men’s development; and two with Palgrave Macmillan UK in 2014: Citizenship, Democracy and Higher Education in Europe, Canada and the U.S., and Civic Pedagogies in Higher Education: Teaching for Democracy in Europe, Canada and the U.S. He is currently writing a book with Jane Fried (Central Connecticut State University) and Ruth Harper (University of South Dakota) about pedagogies enacted in the broader learning environment of campuses and communities. Dr. Laker has 5 kids and 5 cats, therefore he and his wife are “Co-PIs” who run an informal human and feline gender research laboratory at their house.

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Dr. Erica Misako Boas is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Liberal Studies Program at Santa Clara University. She studies sexuality and race and their articulations in institutions of schooling. In addition to her work with Dr. Jason Laker on Sexual Coercion and Violence in College: Reforming Policies and Practices for Consent Education and Personal Agency, she is currently working on a research project that examines the organization of sexuality in elementary schools. It was inspired by five years of teaching at San Francisco Bay Area public elementary schools and an on-going interest in exploring public schooling’s potential in effecting personal and social transformations. Her research explores how sexuality organizes human lives as an operation of power, and she is constantly in search of ways to implement new approaches toward the elimination of sexual violence within schools and beyond. Erica received her Ph.D. from the Social and Cultural Studies Program in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley. Her article, “Education in Disguise: Sanctioning Sexuality in Elementary School Halloween Celebrations” is published in the international journal Sex Education. She has also written a chapter in Sexualities and Education and has a co-authored chapter in Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education. 

Alexis Martinez

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Rhonda J. Factor is a Supervising Staff Psychologist at the New School Counseling Center and is an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor at the Center for Psychological Services at Pace University. She is currently a Candidate at NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  She serves on the Board of Section IX, Psychoanalysts for Social Responsibility of APA’s Division 39 as well as on Division 39’s Sexualities and Gender Identities Committee.  Dr. Factor was awarded a grant for her research on gender diversity by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and appeared on the radio show, GenderTalk.  She has presented at national conferences including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Women in Psychology, and the National Multicultural Summit. Dr. Factor maintains a private practice in New York City.


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Dr. Melendez is a sociologist who has been working in HIV prevention and treatment since receiving her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2001. She received a National Research Service Award Research Training Fellowship for Behavioral Sciences Research in HIV and completed a Post-Doctoral research fellowship in Sexuality and HIV at Columbia University’s HIV Center for Behavioral and Clinical studies under the mentorship of Dr. Anke Ehrhardt. There, she received a Master’s Degree in Biostatistics from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She specializes in combining her qualitative sociological training and her quantitative skills and focuses on HIV issues relating to the gender and culture of racial and ethnic minorities in the US. As part of her training, she partook in Columbia University, School of Social Work’s HISTP (HIV Intervention Science Training Program; R25MH080665, PI: Nabila El-Bassel) where she received extensive training on conducting research with people of color as well as the challenges and skills that minority researchers face in conducting HIV research. As part of SFSU since 2004, Dr. Melendez has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in the Sexuality Studies Department. Her teaching evaluations indicate the students appreciate her knowledge and focus on issues relating to race and ethnicity. Dr. Melendez’s research focusses on the Latina/o community, specifically heterosexual women and MSM. She is currently the PI of a qualitative study that collected data from 127 recent Latino immigrants who are HIV-positive (funded through the California HIV Research Project, CHRP). The study interviewed participants at two time points to inquire about health, access to care, barriers and facilitators to care including relationships, family, sexual orientation and identity. Her work links quantitative and qualitative methods and links HIV care with broader contextual issues relating to sexuality.

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Esther D. Rothblum, Ph.D., is Professor of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University, after 23 years as Professor of Psychology at the University of Vermont.  Her research and writing have focused on lesbian relationships and on the stigma of women’s weight.  She is editor of the Journal of Lesbian Studies as well as the new academic journal Fat Studies.  She has edited over 20 books; her most recent book The Fat Studies Reader, was reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, MS Magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

DrTateFeb2014WebCharlotte Tate

Charlotte Tate, PhD, is an openly transgender woman who is genderqueer in her visual presentation. Specifically, she is a woman who is butch-presenting. She publishes under “Charlotte Chuck Tate” to have both female visibility and transgender visibility simultaneously. She has also published articles and book chapters under the name “Chuck Tate” (a nickname). Dr. Tate received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago (1999). She received a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree (2001) and a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of Oregon (2006). Dr. Tate is currently an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University and Coordinator of the Social Psychology Masters of Arts Degree.

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Jamison Green
Trans History/WPATH Panel

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Trans History/WPATH Panel

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Health Access, Hormones, and Surgery Panel

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Health Access, Hormones, and Surgery Panel

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Gender and Performance Panel

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Gender and Performance Panel

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Gender and Performance Panel

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Special Events:

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Eros is the acclaimed San Francisco safe sex club and community space for gay & bisexual identifying men. Eros is locally owned and operated and is a part of San Francisco’s rich history. For this event, participants will tour the Eros facility and participate in a workshop/discussion with Eros owner and sex-positive educator, Ken Rowe.


SI Staff

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Summer Institute Program Coordinator

J. Robin Darling graduated from the San Francisco State University with a Master’s in Sexuality Studies in 2011.Ms. Darling received SFSU’s 2010 Jim Brogan Teaching Scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego (2004). Ms. Darling worked as a peer educator for an HIV Prevention Health Education Curriculum with San Diego Youth and Community Services for 3 years. At San Francisco State, she worked as an interviewer and qualitative coder on the Gay Father’s Study and the Gay Couples Study Continuation and as a qualitative coder for the Power and Risk Study at CRGS, the Internship Program Coordinator at NSRC, and as the Operations Manager at CREGS. Robin developed curriculum and trained health educators for the Chongqing Men’s Health Project through the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF.  Outside of work, Robin volunteers for the Leadership Lab at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. For fun, she loves to dance and play board games.

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Summer Institute Intern

Julia Geyer received her Bachelor in Psychology from Salzburg University, Austria, in July 2014. During the course of her undergraduate work, Julia`s interest in sexuality and the influence it has on our psychological well-being increased; Julia gained her first work experience in the field of womanly health working at a women’s refugee home, the Mother- Child- Clinic at Chiemsee and the Women Therapy Center in Munich (FTZ). This encouraged her to take a gap year after her Bachelors to work at the Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in Göttingen, as well as at the Institute of Traumatherapy in Berlin. The internship at CREGS presents the perfect opportunity for her to combine work and abroad experience. She thanks the CREGS Summer Institute for giving her this unique chance. Julia will be going back to University in Germany after this summer to get her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Julia loves to read, dance and travel.

MitchHymowitz WebMitch Hymowitz
Summer Institute Volunteer

Mitch is a Long Island native who received his Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. He is the Founder of the SUNY Pride Conference, which was established with the purpose of helping the 65 State University of New York college/university campuses become au courant with each other’s LGBTQ* policies, facilities, accessibilities, and trainings. Currently, Mitch holds the position of Assistant Director at San Francisco State University’s Queer and Trans Resource Center. Mitch is an alumni of Summer Institute 2014.