The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

7th Annual Adolescent Sexual Health Course

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Guest Speakers


Plenary Address: Preventing Teen Pregnancy: the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

Sarah Brown is a co-founder and CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private and independent non-profit organization working to promote values, behavior, and policies that reduce both teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy, especially among single, young adults.

Before helping to establish the Campaign in 1996, Brown was a senior study director at the Institute of Medicine, where she directed numerous studies in the broad field of maternal and child health.  Her last major report there resulted in the landmark book, The Best Intentions: Unintended Pregnancy and the Well-being of Children and Families.  She has served on advisory boards of many influential national organizations including the Guttmacher Institute, the Population Advisory Board of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Harvard University Working Group on Early Life and Adolescent Health Policy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the D.C. Mayor’s Committee on Reducing Teenage Pregnancies and Out-of Wedlock Births.  She appears often in print, broadcast, and online media.

Brown has received numerous awards, including several named lectureships, the Institute of Medicine’s Cecil Award for Excellence in Research, the Martha May Elliot Award of the American Public Health Association, the John MacQueen Award for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, and the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brown holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina.  She lives in Washington with her husband, Winthrop Brown.  They have three grown daughters.



Plenary Address: Creating Sexually Healthy Young Men

Breakout Session: Shattering the Stereotypes: Strategies to Help Boys Learn Realistic Lessons about Dating and Sexuality

Andrew Smiler, PhD is a therapist, evaluator, author, and speaker residing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Smiler is the author of “Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of Promiscuous Young Male Sexuality” and co-author, with Chris Kilmartin, of “The Masculine Self (5th edition).” He is a past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity and has taught at Wake Forest University and SUNY Oswego. Dr. Smiler’s research focuses on definitions of masculinity. He also studies normative aspects of sexual development, such as age and perception of first kiss, first “serious” relationship, and first intercourse among 15-25 year olds.


Marie Alford_HarkeyMarie Alford-Harkey, M.Div.

Marie Alford-Harkey is the Deputy Director of the Religious Institute, a national multifaith nonprofit dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. She is the lead author of the Religious Institute publication Making the Invisible Visible: Bisexuality in Faith Communities, and has led workshops on faith and sexuality at Creating Change, the Wild Goose Festival, and at several seminaries and theological schools. An educator with twenty years of classroom experience, Marie holds a Master’s in Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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