The Mission of the IKHS
Advance medical & mental health care practice and knowledge for erotic, sexual, racial and gender-diverse people.
Use this information to help educate and dispel common misperceptions of kink-identified people worldwide.
Support culturally competent and affirming health care.
Meet Our Research Team:
Steve completed his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 2006 and his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2009. In 2018, Steve began doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology. Steve’s doctoral studies are focusing on gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD). In 2020, Steve began participating with the international Kink Health Survey research team lead by Dr. Sprott and Dr. Randall. Starting in 2022, Steve plans to conduct his dissertation study examining attachment patterns in consensually nonmonogamous people. Steve’s research interests include various topics in the gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD) populations.
He earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from The University of Kansas and his Master of Public Health degree with honors from the KU School of Medicine. Additionally, he earned a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis from McNeese State University. Furthermore, he is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral and licensed as a behavior analyst in Michigan.
In his research, he investigates the determinants of addictive behaviors and health in underserved communities. Dr. Anderson-Carpenter’s work has been published in a number of journals, including the American Journal of Community Psychology, the Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and Academic Pediatrics. He is the 2015 recipient of the G. Alan Marlatt Award for distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions by the Society of Addiction Psychology (American Psychological Association Division 50).
Since 2010, Dr. Anderson-Carpenter has worked with community organizations and policy makers to address socially important issues affecting communities, including underage drinking, substance use, and HIV/STI prevention, and health care access and retention. His community contributions to the community have been featured on WLNS TV in Lansing, MI, and he is the 2018 recipient of the Lansing City Pulse LGBTQ Inclusion Award. He is also the President of the Lansing Area AIDS Network Board of Directors and an Advisory Member for the ACCESS National Research Initiative. Moreover, he is the 2019 recipient of the Michigan State University College of Social Science Outstanding Teacher Award.
I am a past Board president (2008-2010) and multi-year board member of my state professional association (wsscsw.org), I led the rewrite of its By-Laws to include diversity and inclusion policies in 2010. In 2006 I launched and developed a pro bono treatment program for Iraq/Afghanistan combat veterans involving over 40 local clinicians. I have been a Critical Incident intervention specialist for 21 years, assessing and caring for victims of every form of workplace trauma.
My research experience includes: 1974-75, National Opinion Research Center/Univ. of Chicago, followed by 3 years in television research, including survey design, interpretation and focus groups for Home Box Office (NYC).
I am also the founder of LeatherList.org, the most comprehensive online database of resources for N. American Leather & Sex-Positive cultures & communities.
Kez is a Kink-Knowledgeable Professional through the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a member of the American Counseling Association, and holds a Washington State Certified Behavior Technician (CBT) license and a RBT license through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She is currently pursuing a Certified Sex Educator certification through the American College of Sexologists. She enjoys working with individuals, children, children on the autism spectrum, and couples. She has special interests in working within the sex therapy, ethnic minority counseling, and psychopharmacological fields. Her therapeutic approach involves attending to the needs of the client to ensure a safe and nonjudgmental environment while drawing upon a variety of therapeutic approaches including Adlerian, Gestalt, CBT, or ACT in order to assist her clients to facilitate growth and develop the tools necessary to do so.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Kez is proud to break barriers as an Afro-Caribbean counselor and researcher. As such, she is highly familiar with navigating the counseling needs of ethnic minorities and immigrants. She is conversational in Hindi.
Zita is the owner/director of NW Sexual Counseling, a private practice specializing in sexual, gender and relationship therapy, education, coaching and advocacy. She has maintained her private practice for over a decade, providing sex positive services to many underserved and rural communities. Counselor training and education in inclusive sexual healthcare is one of Zita’s passions. This has led her to supervise Master’s Level Counseling Students and Pre-Licensure Counseling Professionals for the past 5 years. Additionally, as one of the few Certified Sex Therapists in her region (and only in some states), Zita has also been an Instructor for the Healthy Loving Institute as well as providing sex and Kink positive presentations to the local Mental Health, Medical and Kink communities.
Having worked in the Mental Health field for over 20 years, Zita has also seen the significant need and importance of reducing stigma associated with sex and Kink in the healthcare field. With this in mind, Zita delightfully joined the TASHRA International Kink Health Survey team in January of 2019. Since then, she has enjoyed being a part of a larger, interdisciplinary team working towards creating a more Kink inclusive healthcare system!
She completed her undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was granted membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, won the Pinkus Award for best clinical medical student, and the Clyde F. Barker Prize for surgical research. She then completed residency in family medicine at the Mountain Area Health and Education Center rural track program in Hendersonville, North Carolina before starting practice in rural Madison County, Kentucky. Prior to becoming interested in the primary care of rural dwelling sexually diverse people, her research focused on heart failure and the mitral valve. She has presented at national and international conferences and coauthored 18 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
The History of the Kink Health Study
TASHRA - The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance, has been chronicling the health and healthcare experiences of kink-identified people since 2012. In 2014, their first pilot research, called the Kink Health Project produced preliminary information on the healthcare experiences of kink identified individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Building on this, the 2016 Kink Health Survey (KHS) was the first of its kind to produce comprehensive information on the health of over 1000 kink identified individuals from throughout the United States. Preliminary surveys like these are conducted to point out areas where more comprehensive study are needed.
As a result, TASHRA has developed this second kink health study, which extends the survey to an international audience. This has become the 2021 International Kink Health Study (IKHS.) As a study, it aims to follow and measure the medical and mental health of interested kink individuals over numerous years. We hope to significantly inform appropriate health care delivery and to break down misperceptions that the medical and mental health communities have of Kinky individuals. Through our studies, we are seeking to advocate for Kinky folks to receive culturally competent and comprehensive care.
TASHRA is a 501c3 non-profit with the mission of improving the health and healthcare service experiences of individuals who are involved in alternative sexualities. TASHRA leading kink researchers, Dr. Richard Sprott and Dr. Anna Randall, have built a diverse multi-disciplinary team encompassing various fields of healthcare including: kink health researchers, physicians and other physical healthcare providers, psychotherapists, social workers, graduate students and interns.
How Our Research Will Help Kink Folks Everywhere
Our goal is to use the research data to increase the overall scholarly knowledge of kink. Links to the abstracts for these studies will be available on the "what we've learned" page.
Our study data will also be used by TASHRA to develop educational programs to help providers to become more kink aware and competent!
Disclosure of Funding Sources
It is difficult to find institutional funding for research on sexuality. We rely on people like you!
Who is funding this research:
TASHRA is funding this study with donations from people around the world and from our classes.
How we are using these funds:
Statistical Analysis Software (Ex. SPSS)