About Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus
Jennifer "Dr. Jenn" Gunsaullus, Ph.D., is a sociologist who works as a sexuality and mindfulness speaker, and a relationship counselor and sex coach. As a sociologist (different than a psychologist or a licensed therapist) she merges a blend of coaching, counseling, education, and awareness-raising in her work. Dr. Jenn got her start in the sex and relationship field 23 years ago as a sexual health peer educator at Lehigh University in her home state of Pennsylvania. She now merges her practical training in sexual health and academic training in sociology with her passion for holistic health and mind/body/spirit perspectives.
Dr. Jenn is a frequent lecturer on relationship and intimacy topics. From wine bars to yoga studies, college classrooms to senior centers, and the LGBT community center to Mensa gatherings and CEO Valentine's events, Dr. Jenn offers unique and powerful presentations on healthy communication and fulfilling intimacy. She has also been an adjunct professor for courses including Human Sexuality, Women & Health, and Social Psychology. Dr. Jenn has written for The Good Men Project and Pacific San Diego Magazine, and has been a Sex & Relationship Expert for a variety of San Diego morning news, including Wake Up San Diego, Fox 5 News, and San Diego Living. In 2010 she was named one of San Diego Magazine's "Women Who Move the City" and in 2014 was nominated for the YWCA's San Diego Humanitarian award. In addition, she is a founding member of Sex Positive San Diego, an active philanthropist and Chair of the Communications Leadership Team for the nonprofit donor's circle Women Give San Diego, and volunteers for Compassion It, a nonprofit inspiring compassionate acts around the world. Past volunteer work includes being on the Board of Directors for Jeans 4 Justice, a nonprofit to end sexual violence, programming and fundraising for the young women's empowerment organization Shakti Rising, and leading a caregiver support group for The San Diego Alzheimer's Association.
Dr. Jenn is one of the sex experts interviewed in the powerful documentary about the taboos around masturbation called Sticky: A (Self) Love Story, released in February 2016. In April 2015, her message and image (seen above in the banner photo) were chosen to be on a San Francisco billboard as part of the Inspiration Campaign movement.
She has volunteered for many years with Eve Ensler's fundraising play The Vagina Monologues as an actor and director, and was named a "Vagina Warrior" at Cal State San Marcos in 2011. She has an expansive collection of more than 200 episodes, with over 1.4 million views, of her free video podcast show about sexuality & relationships called In The Den with Dr. Jenn. Read below to learn more about this sex talk show, filmed in front of a live studio audience, in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, sociologist and sexologist, is a frequent speaker about sexual empowerment, healthy relationships, body image, erotic play, sexual health, women’s balance, and mindfulness. She has presented two TEDx Talks, is a writer on sex and relationships, and a recurring intimacy expert on the San Diego morning news. Dr. Jenn is also an active philanthropist and one of the founders of Sex Positive San Diego. Her In the Den with Dr. Jenn educational video series has over a 1.4 million hits on YouTube and she is an expert in the documentary on masturbation, called Sticky: A (Self) Love Story. Additionally, as a martial arts practitioner, she recently promoted to black belt in Soo Bahk Do (Korean karate), so Dr. Jenn is one badass doctor!
What is In the Den with Dr. Jenn?
In the Den with Dr. Jenn is a video podcast show, hosted by Jennifer Gunsaullus, PhD, which challenges the status quo and boldly discusses sexuality outside the box. The more than 200 sessions are available for free through this website and YouTube. Dr. Jenn tackles the tough questions you have, and the questions you didn’t even know you had, through merging the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and political. The commentary and analysis will challenge you; the quirky creator and host, with a penchant for costumes and sexual fun facts, will keep you coming back for more. In the Den with Dr. Jenn is a delicious blend of contradictions – light and challenging, smart and silly, enlightening and playful. There is a lot to learn and enjoy about sex, health, and relationships at EVERY age!
Dr. Jenn's Educational Background
Ph.D., Sociology, 2006
State University of New York at Albany
Dissertation Title: The “Condom Lady” Speaks – Female Sexuality Discourses and HIV Prevention in Community-Based Organizations
Summer Institute on Sexuality, Society, and Health, 2001
San Francisco State University
Bachelor of Arts, Social Relations, 1995
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Phi Beta Kappa, Highest Honors, Departmental Honors
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