Shanna Katz, PhD, MEd, ACS is a board certified sexologist, educator and researcher who provides sassy, dynamic, fun loving, crowd pleasing, witty and amusing sexuality education. From academic discussions on body positivity and sexual health to corporate trainings on inclusivity, and advocating for accessibility to leading fun-filled workshops, she covers the spectrum of sexuality in her work. As seen in Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health magazines!
Dr. Katz has a PhD in social work from the University of Denver, and has completed her Master’s in Human Sexuality Education at Widener University in Pennsylvania. She also has her B.A. in Sociology from the Colorado College.
Shanna has many years of experience working with a variety of individuals and groups, having provided consultations and workshops/classes in college and university, corporate, non-profit and sexuality store settings, as well as at private events. She also does professional trainings on LGBTQ issues, inclusive sexualities and sexuality surrounding disability with medical professionals and human resources. Educating people about sexuality, identities, relationships, communication and more in a way that is accessible and open is always Shanna’s goal.
Her passions include queer sexuality, kink and the BDSM community, sex toy education and safety, and sexuality in connection with disability. She has done trainings, workshops and written curricula for numerous places, including Brown University (Providence, RI), Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), the State University of New York – Purchase (Purchase, NY), the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), Widener University (Chester, PA), University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), the Planned Parenthood Association of Bucks Country (Doylestown, PA), Passional Toys (Philadelphia, PA), S.E.X. PhD (Denver, CO), Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO), Femina Potens Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Sex 2.0 Conference 2009 (Washington DC), Sex 2.0 Conference 2010 (Seattle, WA), Momentum 2011 and 2012 (Washington DC), The Sanctuary (Denver, CO), the Enclave (Denver, CO), Early to Bed (Chiacgo, IL), Bookwoman (Austin, TX), the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (Pawtucket, RI), and Hysteria (Denver, CO). She also served as a facilitator for the American Medical Student’s Association’s Sexual Health Scholars Programs, educating future medical practitioners about the spectrum of sexuality.
Shanna is the former sex advice columnist for the “popular by women, for women” site Hot Movies For Her, and has an interesting outlook on sexuality from a feminist and sex positive perspective. She has worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for a sex positive toy company; writing reviews, articles and erotica as part of the site’s total view of sexuality while building an online community. Following that, she was the Sex Educator in Residence for Hysteria, a feminist run sex positive boutique. She also worked with Fascinations as their Resident Sexuality Educator, bringing free and accessible sex education to the Southwest and working full time as a sex educator around the US.
Shanna feels that sexuality is something which is a very personalized journey for each individual, and leaves extra time at the conclusion of all of her trainings for people to approach her with individual questions, comments, concerns and more. She understands that many people don’t feel comfortable raising their hands in a group setting, or even asking questions afterward, and allows for this by also being available to answer any and all inquiries via email. She is completely accessible to all of her programs’ participants, even after the fact; she believes in full spectrum sexuality. The journey only continues on after the discussion is over, and she hopes that the participants of her programs become life long learners; continuing to reach, expand and grow as they explore their horizons. Even if a participant attends multiple workshops (whether on the same or different topics), it is her hope that each time, they are able to glean something totally new and unique out of each one.
In her personal life, Shanna lives with her partner and their rescued cats; Kinsey, Kali and Jasper. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, being a cupcake connoisseur and drinking a lot of tea. Born and bred in the gorgeous state of Colorado, she has traveled and lived across the US (and in Germany), and has brought her version of full spectrum sexuality back to the Southwest and Colorado. She is currently in the process of moving to Michigan to start a faculty position with the University of Michigan.
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