SASH Awards

Winners that are making a difference

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an integrative approach to sexual health research, education and intervention that addresses the full spectrum, from problematic attitudes and behaviors to the pursuit of fulfillment, freedom and pleasure. Yearly, SASH awards individuals for thier efforts in accomplishing this mission in their respected fields and communities. 

SASH Merit Award

The annual award is given to a member of SASH who has made exceptional contributions to the organization. The SASH Merit award was first given in 2001 at the SASH Conference in San Diego.

Mary Dietch, JD, PsyD | 2022 SASH Merit Award Winner

Mary Dietch
Dr. Mary Deitch has over a decade of experience working with problematic sexual behaviors and impaired physicians. She is the former director of the Keystone Center Extended Care Unit, an internationally recognized facility for the treatment of sexual compulsivity, addiction, and trauma. She has treated over a thousand patients and conducted hundreds of assessments for sexual offending, disruptive physicians, boundary violations and cognitive and personality functioning. Dr. Deitch has presented nationally and internationally on assessing and treating sexual addiction, vicarious trauma, sexual offending, child pornography usage and assessment of physicians. Dr. Deitch is both a licensed psychologist and attorney in the state of Pennsylvania and a graduate from Widener University. Besides her private practice, she  serves on several committees for the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and served on the board for six years as President and VP of Education.
Previous Award Winners: Linda Hudson – 2001 | Joyce Dohanian – 2002 | Elizabeth Griffin – 2003 | Bill Herring – 2004 | Helen Friedman – 2005 | David Bissette – 2006 | Lloyd Hoffspiegel – 2007 | Deb Corley – 2008 | Marlys Oestreich – 2009 | Peggy Woodard – 2010 | Scott Neill – 2010 | Marcia Mosher – 2010 | Margaret Jarvis – 2011 | Joe Amico – 2013 | Marcus Earle – 2015 | John Giugliano-2016 | Allen Flinchum-2017 | Todd Love-2018 | Pat Fahey (posthumously) -2019 | Stephen Southern – 2020 | Ken Wells – 2021 | Mary Dietch - 2022

The Carnes Award

First given in 1995 to Dr. Patrick Carnes in acknowledgement of his research and publishing contributions to the field of sex addiction, as well as, his efforts in founding SASH (formerly known as NCSAC). This Award, named in his honor, is now given annually to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of problematic sexual behavior.

Marilyn Murray | 2022 Carnes Award Winner

Recognized internationally as an educator, theorist, author, columnist and psychotherapist, Marilyn Murray is regarded as a pioneer regarding the treatment of trauma and has taught her Murray Method theory and treatment modalities since 1983. She is the originator of “The Trauma Egg”, a well-known therapeutic instrument regularly used in treatment centers throughout the United States and internationally. She created and taught a specialty program using the Murray Method for Ottawa University graduate students in Phoenix, Arizona for seven years entitled, “The Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation”. She also has taught her method for an international university in Hawaii, Ukraine and the Netherlands, and has students from 40 nations. Her column, “Time to Live”, was a regular feature in Russia’s only English language daily newspaper, The Moscow Times. She also is the author of “Prisoner of Another War” (1991, 2021) which chronicles her personal healing journey, and The Murray Method…Creating Wholeness Beyond Trauma, Abuse, Neglect and Addiction (2012, 2021) – both available in English and in Russian.
Previous Award Winners: Rip Corley – 1996 | Charlotte Kasl – 1997 | Jennifer Schneider – 1998 | Deborah Corley – 1999 | Ralph Earle – 2000 | Mark Schwartz – 2001 | Richard Irons – 2002 | Eli Coleman – 2003 | David Delmonico – 2004 | John Sealy – 2005 | Martha Turner – 2006 | Mark Laaser – 2007 | Rob Weiss – 2008 | Jes Montgomery – 2009 | Marty Kafka – 2010 | Ken Adams – 2011 | Alex Katehakis – 2012 | Douglas Braun-Harvey – 2013 | Wendy Maltz – 2014 | Elizabeth Griffin – 2015 |Stefanie Carnes-2016 | Richard Krueger-2017 | Dr. Barbara Steffens-2018 | Bill Herring-2019 | Dr. Michael Seto-2020 | Bill Lennon – 2021 | Marilyn Murray-2022
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SASH Research Award

This annual award is given to an individual who has made an exceptional research contribution to the field of sexual health and problematic sexual behavior. The first award was given in 2004 posthumously to Dr. Alvin (Al) Cooper.

Candice N. Hargons, PhD | 2022 SASH Research Award Winner

Candice Hargons
Dr. Hargons (formerly Crowell) earned her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2015. She directs the RISE^2 Research Team (Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexual Enrichment | Race, Intersectionality, and Social justice Engagement), where they study sex, social justice, and leadership – all with a love ethic. Recent projects have included the Healing Racial Trauma project and studying sexual narrative of Black students. Her work has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Therapy for Black Girls.
Dr. Hargons teaches Diagnosis/Psychopathology, Ethics, Social Justice Consultation, and Practicum. She is a licensed psychologist specializing in sex therapy and healing racial trauma. She has served as a leader in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Kentucky Psychological Association, and the Society of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Hargons is an APA Minority Fellow.
Previous Award Winners: Dr. Alvin (Al) Cooper – 2004 | Michael Reece – 2005 | Jennifer Schneider – 2007 | David Delmonico – 2009 | Rory Reid – 2012 | Paula Banca-2016 | Marc Potenza-2017 | Dr. Mark Griffiths-2018 | Dr. Kristen Mark-2019 | Joshua Grubbs -2020 | Beáta Bõthe – 2021 | Candice N. Hargons - 2022
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SASH Media Award

This annual award is given to an individual or an organization that has helped promote the understanding of sexual health or problematic sexual behavior through a book, video, software development or other technological advancements.

Stefani Goerlich PhD, LMSW, CST | 2022 SASH Media Award

Stefani Goerlich
Stefani Goerlich is an award-winning author of “The Leather Couch: Clinical Practice with Kinky Clients” and its forthcoming sequel, “Kink-Affirming Practice: Culturally Competent Therapy from The Leather Chair.” She’s an expert in working with Gender, Relationship, and Sexuality Differences, as well as with those from minority religious traditions. Stefani is a Certified Sex Therapist, a Board-Certified Diplomate of Sexology, and an expert voice for: Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, The New York Post, Shape, Women's Health, Marie Claire, The American Spectator, among many others.
Previous Award Winners: Michael Ryan | Drew Pinsky | John Giugliano – 2004 | Tony Ignahni – 2004 | Sue Silverman – 2008 | Bill Swiggart – 2011 | Gary Wilson (Your Brain on Porn) – 2015 | Paula Hall (TEDx Talk) – 2016 | Alexander Rhodes (Creator of NoFap) – 2017 | Dr. Jennifer Schneider(Reflections on the History of the Sex Addiction Field, A Festschrift)-2018 | Staci Sprout (Naked in Public)-2019 | Emily Nagoski (Come as You Are) -2020 | Laurie Mintz (Becoming Cliterate) – 2021 | Stefani Goerlich  (The Leather Couch)-2022
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Corley Research Grant

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) is dedicated to fostering scientific inquiry that helps advance our knowledge, understanding and treatment of problematic sexual behavior (e.g., sexual addiction, compulsive sexual behavior) and sexual health. In order to promote new investigators SASH created the Corley Research Grant currently funded by the Santé Center for Healing.
Previous Award Winners:  Léna Nagy-2022 (Do paraphilic disorders and compulsive sexual behavior disorder occur together? - Findings from a 45-country cross-cultural study)
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