Get to Know our 2017 Conference Keynote, Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh

Date: March 31st, 2017

Sara Nasserzadeh

Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD, a Social Psychologist and thought leader in the field of Culture, Sexuality, and Relationships, will deliver a keynote at Social Norms & Cultures: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives, the 38th Annual Healthy Teen Network National Conference. With her unique background and extensive global experience, Dr. Nasserzadeh—who is a published author and international radio host who has worked with governments, international businesses and nonprofit organizations, and UN agencies as a strategic consultant, cultural advisor, keynote speaker, and commentator—is a dynamic and sought after speaker.

Sara’s keynote will shed light on some of the most influential yet over-looked areas when it comes to addressing adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health. “As providers, we cannot be experts on each and every context, nor are we expected to be in the majority of settings,” Sara says. “However, if we are to ensure that we go about our work in the most effective way, while acknowledging its inherently sensitive nature of sexuality related issues, there are some basic principles that must be considered and worked through.”

Get to know Sara and her work with these four quick facts:

  1. Sara is an accomplished author. Her most recent book is Sexuality Education Wheel of Context, a guide for Sexuality Educators, Advocates and Researchers. She also co-authored the Orgasm Answer Guide, which received AASECT’s Book Award Honorable Mention in 2011.
  2. Her international work in the area of human development and sexuality education has received the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) runner-up award for Excellence and Innovation in 2007 and People of Distinction Humanitarian Award in 2014.
  3. She created, produced, and hosted a BBC World Service Radio and Online program named the Whispers that was aired for three consecutive seasons and won the BBC World Service’s Innovation of the Year Award “for putting delicate matters in a sensitive manner.” Her current BBC Persian TV segments on sexual health and relationship issues reach more than six million viewers across the globe.
  4. Sara holds leadership roles at a variety of organizations, including Chair of the North American Organizing Committee for the World Sexual Health Day; elected member of the Advisory Board and Chair of the Middle East Sexual Health Committee at the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS); member of WAS’ standardizing working groups for sexuality education as well as psychotherapy, which devise the standards of practice for these professions; and elected Board member of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and Chair of the Communication Steering Committee

Save the date to join us at Social Norms & Culture: Honoring Experiences & Perspectives, October 2-4, in Baltimore. Registration opens soon!


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Healthy Teen Network envisions a world where all adolescents and young adults lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Founded in 1979, we promote better outcomes for adolescents and young adults by advancing social change, cultivating innovation, and strengthening youth-supporting professionals and organizations. We serve as a leading national membership organization (501c3) for adolescent health professionals and organizations, promoting a unique and holistic perspective—we call it Youth 360°—to improve the health and well-being of young people.

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