Don Dyson MSS, Ph.D., CSE AASECT

don3Dr. Don Dyson is an Associate Professor and Ph.D. Program Director for the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) at Widener University.

Dr. Dyson received his undergraduate degree from Eastern University in Communications studies, his Masters of Social Service from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and his PhD in Education Leadership and Human Sexuality from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Sexuality Educator with AASECT.

Dr. Dyson worked as the Director of Education and Training with Planned Parenthood of Delaware, Project Manager and Co-Director of the North Atlantic Training Institute for Sexual Health Educators for CAI Global in New York City, and as a Research Scientist for the New Jersey Department of Health in their statewide STD Prevention Program. He began teaching as an adjunct for Widener University’s Center for Social Work Education in 1997 and has continued his work with the University, joining the faculty of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies full time in September of 2005.

Dr. Dyson’s research is focused on best practices for the training of sexuality professionals. His work includes streams related to ethics, developing pluralistic perspectives in training, affective education and professional development. His work at Widener has resulted in the chartering of Gamma Eta Rho, the honor society in Human Sexuality as well as HSEDSO, the Graduate Student Organization for CHSS strudents.

Dr. Dyson has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as Chair of the Professional Education Steering Committee and interim Treasurer and Mountain Meadow Services to LGBT Families as Board President and Treasurer. He has served on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education and on Board Committees for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).

In his work, Dr. Dyson has won the Schiller Prize from AASECT, the Emerging Professional Award from SSSS, the Friend of Residence Life Award from Widener and the Community Advocate Award from the Delaware Alliance for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.