Sallie Foley, LMSW, is a sex therapist and sexuality educator. She is past director of the Michigan Medicine center for sexual health and received the Michigan Medicine Social Worker of the Year Award in 2004. She is the founder and former director of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. Her research and teaching interests span 35 years and included the impact of chronic illness on sexual health concerns, sexual health and aging, and teaching health care providers about sexual health. She also made significant contributions to the standard of care and counseling for patients with vaginal agenesis. She taught on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Social Work and was chosen the University of Michigan School of Social Work Distinguished Lecturer for 2018.
Foley has written chapters and articles about the treatment of sexual difficulties and co-authored Sex Matters for Women: A complete guide to taking care of your sexual self (Guilford, 2012), which received the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) Award for best consumer sexual health book in 2013. Her book, Modern Love: A no-nonsense guide to a life of passion (Sterling, 2006) was based on her column “Modern Love” in the nationally circulated AARP the Magazine.
Foley has twice served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and has been awarded both the Distinguished Service to AASECT Award (Service to the organization) in 2011 and the Professional Standard of Excellence Award (Service to the field of sexuality by a professional) in 2017. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) from 1994-1998. In 2005, as a member of the Consortium on the Management of Disorders of Sex Development (DSD), she was a contributing author in conjunction with ISNA’s Medical Advisory Board on the publication Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Sexual Differentiation in Childhood and the companion Handbook For Parents; funded by The California Endowment and published by Accord Alliance.
She currently runs a private psychotherapy and consultation practice in Ann Arbor, MI.
While she is no longer accepting new clients or providing referrals, she highly recommends AASECT.org as a resource for finding highly qualified counselors and therapists in your area. Simply click on Locate an AASECT Certified Professional. SallieFoley.com will continue to be a trusted source for the most up-to-date sex education resources.
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Awards and Accolades:
University of Michigan School of Social Work, Distinguished Lecturer, 2018
AASECT, Professional Standard of Excellence Award, 2017
SSTAR, Best Consumer Sexual Health Book, 2013
AASECT, Distinguished Service to AASECT Award, 2011
Michigan Medicine Social Worker of the Year, 2004
In The Media:
Sallie is regularly interviewed and quoted by the media, including CBS The Early Show, NPR, PBS, CNBC, salon.com, WebMD.com, sexualhealth.com, revolutionhealth.com, healthdiscovery.com, oprah.com, USA Today, Psychology Today, Self Magazine, Oprah, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Parade Magazine, Detroit Free Press, LA Times, Seattle Times, and more. Visit Publications & Appearances for bibliography and clips.
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)