Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE

Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE

Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE is a leading advocate for the sexual health, education and rights of adults in mid- and older age. She is also committed to medical education in sexuality and to comprehensive sexuality education throughout the lifespan.

In 2005, Melanie transitioned her career from journalism and marketing communications to sexuality education. She began working fulltime in sexuality education after earning her MEd and PhD in Human Sexuality Education. She is nationally certified through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
In 2007, Melanie helped establish the Sexuality and Aging Consortium, which is now an international organization affiliated with Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. She has served as co-president of the Consortium since 2010.

Melanie is one of the few sexuality educators in private practice in the US. She sees teen and adult clients at the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness, Bedminster, NJ, which she co-founded and which is the state’s only source for comprehensive sexual healthcare. She contributed to the field of private sexuality education consulting by writing her doctoral dissertation, Sexuality Education as Perceived by Physicians and Therapists: An Assessment of Attitudes About and Interest in Referring Patients to Sexuality Educators.

Melanie helped create the website in 2012. As the site’s coordinator, she advocated for older adult sexuality through international media following the site’s debut.

Through Honest Exchange, her consulting firm, Melanie consults and lectures at colleges, universities, medical meetings, and sexuality and education conferences on issues including sexual health and pleasure, sexuality and aging, body image, women’s sexuality, and sex and cancer.

For the Unitarian Universalist Association, Melanie is the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Program Associate. She has taught human sexuality courses at Widener University, Marymount Manhattan College, Moravian College, and Moravian Theological Seminary.

In 2012, Melanie originated the First Tracks Award for Innovation in Sexology, which she presents annually to recognize sexologists who turn out-of-the-box thinking into effective solutions.

She is on the Advisory Board of Talking to Giants: The Series, which is an archive of open source video interviews with leading sexologists. For the series, Melanie interviewed groundbreaking female sexual health researcher Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN.

She was a creative team nominee for the Lions Health Awards – Health and Wellness Education and Awareness for the safer sex for seniors campaign. She received an Emerging Professional Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and she won a JASPER Gold Award for Excellence in Writing.

Melanie is on the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, and she is on the Continuing Education Committee of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She is co-president of theSexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University and is a member of Advanced Sexuality Educators and Trainers as well as the Liberal Religious Educators Association. She was on the founding executive board for Gamma Eta Rho, the National Honor Society in Human Sexuality.

Melanie’s Sex Ed in Small Doses blog appears on In addition to writing for peer-reviewed journals and consumer publications, she wrote the books Look Within: A Woman’s Journal, and Sexuality Talking Points: A guide for thoughtful conversations among parents and children. For more information,,

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