Gina Ogden PhD, LMFT has had a distinguished career as a sex therapist, family therapist, researcher, teacher, and author. She conducts retreats and trainings internationally, lectures widely, leads teleseminars attended by professionals all over the world, and has appeared on the media from talk radio to the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has written seven books on women’s sexual health, pleasure, and the meanings of sexual relationship. Her most recent books are: The Return of Desire, Women Who Love Sex, and The Heart and Soul of Sex. She is currently writing a book for therapists and other health providers: Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy—An Integrative Model for Individuals, Couples, and Groups.
The ISIS Connection
Gina Ogden’s groundbreaking survey, “Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality” (ISIS), is the first nationwide survey to investigate the multidimensional nature of sexual experience. From the survey findings, she has generated the innovative ISIS model for exploring the connections among body, mind, heart, and spirit. She is founder of the ISIS Network, an international collaboration of practitioners whose mission is to expand the practice of therapy and sex therapy beyond beyond limiting notions of function and dysfunction to include a wide range of experience.
When she is not on the road teaching, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She supervises and trains sex therapists, physicians, nurses, social workers, family therapists, and other health providers in the ISIS model, to broaden their understanding of sexual experience.
Gina is a licensed marriage and family therapist, an AASECT-certified sex-therapy diplomate, an AASECT-certified supervisor, and an associate professor of sexology at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an active member of many professional organizations including the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and the International Society for the Study Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). She is a regular presenter at scientific conferences, and is a consulting editor for Contemporary Sexuality, the monthly AASECT journal and for the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality. She has served as a consultant for the three latest editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves and for the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2001 “Call to Action for Healthy Sexual Behavior.” She has contributed to consumer magazines such as Parade, Ms., Ladies Home Journal, Fitness, New Woman, and New Age, and to websites such as Prevention, Beliefnet, and Tantra.com. She has written numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her peer-reviewed paper on the ISIS survey, “Sexuality and Spirituality in Women’s Relationships,” is available from the Wellesley Centers for Research on Women.
Her PhD in sexology is from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality; her MA in family therapy is from Goddard College; her BA in English literature is from Smith College. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, and Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions. She has received grants for her work on sexuality and spirituality from Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions and from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.