About Carol

Carol CassellCarol 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:

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.)

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”#e15f5e” class=”” size=””]“Carol Cassell
is wise, warm, and
—Judy Blume

Known for her practical, down-to-earth advice, and sense of humor, Carol has appeared on many radio and television programs and is a frequently quoted expert on a range of topics related to love and sex in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, numerous women’s magazines, and local media.

Carol is a popular keynote speaker and her presentations are highly rated as “thought provoking,” “practical,” and “entertaining.” The audiences range from business and professional women’s groups, civic groups (Junior League, Rotary), therapists, physicians, women’s health care clinicians, mental health workers, educators, and academics in a variety of fields. She is a sought after consultant and has worked with Planned Parenthood, the Ben Franklin Institute, state and local coalitions, universities, hospitals, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and community-based organizations all over the country.

Respected and honored by her colleagues, Carol is a former President of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and is a lifetime Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology. She has received every top honor in her field including a “Spirit of Service” award for her lifetime achievements in the adolescent pregnancy prevention; an educator’s award for outstanding leadership in sexuality education; and, The Institute for Family Research and Education’s Margaret Sanger Award for her work as an advocate for policies promoting sexual health education. She has served on the national board of directors of the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy, Healthy Teen Network, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Carol appeared in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare 2011-2012 and she is proud to announce that she was inducted into her high school’s Hall of Fame—John Muir High School in Pasadena, CA—in November 2011.

Recently, Carol was a Senior Health Scientist at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine and conducted research on adolescents and high risk behavior. She is continuing her work with Critical Pathways, her consulting private practice.