Dr Vivienne Cass is a consultant clinical psychologist and specialist in human sexuality, who currently holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health (Sexology Program) at Curtin University in Western Australia.
Her work in the area of sexual orientation emerged in the 1970s when she first began to develop her theory of homosexual identity formation. This theory was published in the Journal of Homosexuality in 1979. Based on this article, she was awarded the Theory Development Award from the Gay Academic Union of America (1979) and was nominated as a finalist for the Hugo Beigel Research Award offered by the Journal of Sex Research (1981). A number of other journal articles and book chapters followed this original article, further expounding the theory. Over the last thirty-five years, the theory has been cited consistently in research, used by health practitioners in their work with clients and taught by educators in the health and counselling fields. Dr Cass continues to engage in discussions on the topic of lesbian and gay identity formation with colleagues and students around the globe.
Dr Cass is also the author of two other BOOKS, The Elusive Orgasm: A woman's guide to why she can't and how she can orgasm (now in 7 languages) and There's More to Sex than AIDS: The A to Z Guide to Safe Sex (now out of print). She is the creator of a sex education APP, Explore Women's Sex, the first to be listed in the AppStore and has produced a set of sex EDUCATION POSTERS called The Illustrated Clitoris.
She also lectures in sexual therapy, presents conference papers, examines graduate theses, supervises other health professionals, reviews journal papers, mentors students and clinicians and provides media interviews. Dr Cass is currently working on a new theory in the area of attractions.