Carol Cassell Ph.D. is a nationally recognized leader in the field of sexuality and is well known through her nation-wide research work with the prestigious CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is a certified AASECT sex educator (AASECT is the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, & Therapists). She is past president of the Western Region for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Carol has written several books that have been acclaimed by USA Today to Psychology Today to the Journal of Sex Research. They have been excerpted in American and Canadian magazines, cited in the popular and professional press, and published in four languages:
- Put Passion First: How Sexual Chemistry is the Key to Finding and Keeping the Man of Your Dreams
- Swept Away: Why Women Confuse Love and Sex
- Tender Bargaining: Negotiating an Equal Partnership with the Man You Love
- Straight From the Heart: How to Talk to your Teenager about Love and Sex
She has also co-edited The Sources Book for Sexuality Education and written chapters in several books including the Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Her recent book is Why Knocked Up? The Paradox of Sex, Magical Thinking, and Accidental Pregnancy in This Time of Contraception and has received outstanding reviews. (See the book page on Amazon.com.)
To bring a fresh perspective to The Paradox of Sex, Magical Thinking, and Accidental Pregnancy in This Age of Contraception, Dr. Carol Cassell blends her own research with those of psychologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and other reproductive health researchers, to draw a map of our quirky sexual cultural notions and the far-right political/religious influence on our nations’ fundamental lack of sexual intelligence and misunderstandings about contraception, and thus, in our capacity to avoid an unintended pregnancy. She also presents a strong sense of empathy for the women and men who have faced unintentional pregnancy and the dilemma of unplanned parenthood or abortion. In a stunning final chapter, Cassell illustrates the many actions we can take to reduce Knocked Up pregnancy.