Susan Stiritz

Susan Stiritz, chair of the Sexual Health and Education specialization in the Master of Social Work program, has been conducting sex research and teaching sexuality courses for more than 20 years. Stiritz designs and teaches Brown School courses to help students fulfill the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certification requirements. Her research centers on holistic sexuality education and developmental sexuality.

Stiritz has published papers in various peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Previously, Stiritz founded and ran a Model Cities Day Care Center, and worked as Director of Education and Training at the St. Louis Family Planning Council.

Currently, Stiritz serves as president of AASECT and on Planned Parenthood of St. Louis’s Board of Directors. She is also a Certified Sexuality Educator and a Certified Sexuality Education Supervisor, and she is a member of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute faculty.

In 2002, Stiritz was named a Washington University Distinguished Alumna. In 2013, she was honored as the AASECT Sexuality Educator of the Year. Stiritz has served as a member of Washington University’s LGBT Advisory Board and was awarded Holobaugh Honors for service to and advocacy for the LGBT community in 2014.

Susan Stiritz

  • Professor of Practice
  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Office Phone: 314-935-4514
  • Email:

Areas of Focus:

  • Sexuality education

Featured Publications

Relaxing the Straight Male Anus: Decreasing Homohysteria around Anal Eroticism

Celebrating Masters & Johnson's Human Sexual Response: A Washington University Legacy in Limbo
Wash. U. J. L. & Pol'y 71

Going Wild: Law and Literature and Sex
Studies in Law, Politics, and Society