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Dr. Sandra L. Caron is Professor of Family Relations and Human Sexuality at the University of Maine, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in family studies and human sexuality. She has been a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for nearly 30 years. She is the founder and director of three nationally recognized peer sexuality education programs: Athletes for Sexual Responsibility, Male Athletes Against Violence, and The Greek Peer Educator Program. For two decades, she wrote a weekly newspaper column and hosted a radio show on sexuality called "Sex Matters." She now hosts a national website for college students — collegesextalk.com.
Dr. Caron received a Ph.D. in human development with an emphasis in human sexuality in 1986 from Syracuse University, where she studied under Dr. Sol Gordon, along with Dr. Clive Davis. She returned to her home state of Maine and joined the University of Maine faculty in 1988.
Her research and publications have focused on the social-sexual development of young people, with an emphasis on sexual decision-making, contraceptive use, safer sex, sexual assault, sexuality education, and cross-cultural perspectives. She has authored two books published by Pearson, "Sex Matters for College Students: FAQs in Human Sexuality" and "Sex Around the World: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Human Sexuality."
Dr. Caron was received numerous recognitions for her work. Most recently, she received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center in Bangor, Maine, for her contribution to the field of sexual and reproductive health. In 2002, she received the University of Maine Presidential Public Service Achievement Award and, in 1999, the Margaret Vaughn Award from the Family Planning Association of Maine, for her outstanding contribution to sexuality education. She received UMaine's 1998 Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award and, in 1997, was the first recipient of the university's Faculty-Student Centered Award.