Participate in Survey on Polyamorous Identity & Communication?


Valerie Rubinsky, a doctoral student at Ohio University in the Communication Studies department, is doing her doctoral research on communication and identity in polyamorous relationships. If you would consider taking her survey, please check out the information below.

Valerie Rubinsky is recruiting participants for a research study on identity in polyamorous relationships, specifically seeking participants who:
• Either identify as polyamorous and/or have at least one partner who identifies as polyamorous.
• Are in at least one intimate (sexual and/or romantic) relationship at time of participation.
• Participants must also be at least 18 years old, there is no maximum age for participation.

Participation involves completion of an online questionnaire:
• The survey should take less than an hour to complete and involves both closed and open-ended questions.
• The survey is anonymous, but the last page offers an opportunity to participate in follow-up research. This is optional and if you provide your contact information, it will be kept confidential.
• I appreciate you sharing this survey with anyone else you know who meets the call.

Valerie Rubinsky is a doctoral student at Ohio University in the Communication Studies department, where she studies interpersonal and intergroup communication, with a research focus on memorable messages about sexual behavior and identity, LGBTQ+ intimate partner communication, and family communication.

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Dr. Sheff Now Guest Blogging for NCSF



I have begun guest blogging for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom — check out my first guest blog with NCSF on the Top Three Considerations When Coming Out As Polyamorous at

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Press Releasefor Dr. Sheff’s Fall Speaking Tour





CONTACT: Dr. Elisabeth Sheff




Polyamory Expert, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, Touring Fall 2016

Dr. Sheff will be available this fall and is currently booking engagements


Dr. Elisabeth Sheff will be touring the both coasts this fall, promoting her new book,When Someone You Love is Polyamorous, and speaking to Colleges, Universities, organizations, and not-for-profits.


Dr. Sheff speaks about Sex and Gender Diversity to organizations around the country. Informative, entertaining, and accessible, Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on polyamorous families with children.


Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, kink/BDSM, and issues facing trans* people. She is the CEO and Director of Legal Services at the Sheff Consulting Group, a think-tank of experts specializing in unconventional and underserved populations.


The tour takes place on the West Coast, October through November 2016. She will travel throughout Georgia, Virginia, Washington DC, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington.


Dr. Sheff is a smart, engaging, informative speaker. If you are interested in having Dr. Elisabeth Sheff speak to your organization, please contact her directly.






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Participate in Research on Polyfidelity?

Polyfidelity Research Study
Jeff Peterson, LCPC, LPC, NCC is a mental health professional and an advocate for the polyamorous (polyfidelitous) community. He organized the LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapist Guild (Healthcare Guild), a non-profit organization that serves as an advocacy group for alternative relationships, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
This confidential study will help mental health professionals better understand and support those in a polyfidelity relationship. This is a confidential interview-based study, which means all you have to do is visit over the phone, videoconference, or in-person. If you or someone you know, of any sexual orientation or gender identity, living anywhere in the United States, has previously been or is currently involved in a committed relationship with three or more consenting adults, please refer them to this study. Your help can make a huge difference!
You can participate without leaving your home and withdraw at anytime!
Plus the time-commitment is very reasonable!
CONTACT: Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson is a doctoral student completing dissertation research in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Walden University. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Walden University.

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Are polyamorous relationships sexist? New blog on Psychology Today

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Are polyamorous relationships sexist?
New Psychology Today blog answers that question

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Participate in Research About Trans/Gender-Nonconforming College Students?


A colleague I know and admire, Abbie Goldberg from the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Massachusetts, is conducting research with trans/gender-nonconforming college students. Check out the details below:


Trans/Gender-Nonconforming College Students Project

Abbie Goldberg, a Professor of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester MA, is conducting a survey of trans/gender-nonconforming college students (including recent graduates) regarding their perspectives and experiences on a range of topics, including trans advocacy and needed supports/services on college campuses. Students with non-binary gender identities are particularly encouraged to participate, as their experiences are rarely represented in research. Students may participate if they identify as trans, gender-nonconforming, gender questioning, genderqueer, agender, or anywhere on the gender-nonconforming spectrum. The survey, which was informed by focus groups and consultation with trans/gender nonconforming college students, takes about 25-30 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous.Individuals can elect to be entered in a lottery for one of 10 $50.00 Amazon gift cards; individuals’ names and email addresses will not be connected to or traceable to the data that they provide.


Please contact the principal investigator of the study, Abbie Goldberg, with any questions or feedback, or to request to be informed of study findings: Feel free to learn more about her researchon sexuality, gender, and families. Or visit the project Facebook page:


This study has been approved by the Clark Committee for the Rights of Human Participants in Research and Training Programs (IRB).  Any questions about human rights issues should be directed to the IRB Chair, Dr. James P. Elliott: (508) 793-7152 or by e-mail (


To participate, please follow the link:



Abbie E. Goldberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Training

Department of Psychology

Clark University

Worcester MA 01610

Fax: (509) 7973-7265

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Otherfathering blog on Psychology Today


In my most recent blog on Psychology Today I explore the concept of otherfathering and explain how polyaffectivity helps bio dads and social fathers (men with no legal or biological connection to the kids but love those kids even so) stay connected with children, even when the men are no longer having sex with the kids’ mother.


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