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Travis Sky Ingersoll, PH.D., MSW, M.ED.

Social Work & Sexual Health Education/Consulting/Research


After earning a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Sexuality, and two Master’s degrees, one in Social Work and the other in Education, I have gained over a decade of experience providing anti-racism, anti-bigotry, and sexuality education.

As an educator and researcher, I consider it vitally important to weave sexual health information into every class I teach, from social policy to race relations. My course “Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers” focuses on training social work students to be competent and comfortable addressing the sexual health concerns of their clients through a trauma-sensitive lens.

Outside of my role as a college professor, I have guest-lectured and facilitated interactive workshops on a variety of topics, in person, online, and through distance-learning technologies, both domestically and internationally. My presentations have educated groups about teaching sensitive topics, race-relations, cross-cultural sexuality, sexual health, sexuality throughout the lifespan, sexually transmitted infections, sexual orientation, intimate relationship violence, media’s role in the promotion of sexual violence among men, trans-realities and the gender spectrum, how to utilize the Fear of Intimacy Scale in clinical settings, clinical social work skills, and recognizing the myriad opportunities for producing sexuality scholarship.

My research publications include international studies examining the fear of intimacy, sexual anxiety, gender roles, implementing clinical interventions to residents of elderly communities, the creation of psychometric scales that can be utilized in multiple languages and cultures, as well as book chapters on intimacy in older adulthood and civic engagement. Some of my current research projects include an exploration of the fear of intimacy related to human diversity, and collaborative cross-cultural projects focusing on investigating connections between body image, eating disorders, fear of intimacy and sexual anxiety among U.S. and Chinese college students.