Peggy J. Kleinplatz* PhD


Peggy J. Kleinplatz* PhD

Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa
Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa

Office: 613-563-0846

Peggy J. Kleinplatz


Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Ph.D. is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She is cross-appointed as a Professor of Education. She is a clinical psychologist, Certified in Sex Education and as a Diplomate and Supervisor of Sex Therapy. Since 1983, she has been teaching Human Sexuality at the University of Ottawa, where she received the Prix d'Excellence in 2000. Kleinplatz has edited four books, notably New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives, (Routledge, 2nd Edition), winner of the AASECT 2013 Book Award and Sexuality and Ageing (2015) with Dr. Walter Bouman. Her fifth book, Magnificent Sex: Lessons from Extraordinary Lovers with co-author A. Dana Ménard, Ph.D. received the 2021 consumer Book Award from the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. In 2015, Kleinplatz received the Professional Standard of Excellence Award from the American Association of Sexuality Editors, Counsellors and Therapists. Her clinical work focuses on eroticism and transformation. Her current research focuses on optimal sexual experience, with a particular interest in sexual health in the elderly, disabled and marginalized populations. Dr. Kleinplatz is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. 


Editing of Journals

Bouman, W. & Kleinplatz, P.J. (Ed.s) (2015). Guest Editors for Special Double Issue on Sexuality and Ageing. Sex and Relationship Therapy, 30 (1).

Books – Authored

Kleinplatz, P.J. & Ménard, A.D. (2020). Magnificent sex: Lessons from extraordinary lovers. London, UK: Routledge.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Kleinplatz, P. J. & Weindling, P., Women’s Experiences of Infertility After the Holocaust, Social Science and Medicine, Volume 309 (2022)

Kleinplatz, P.J., Charest, M., Rosen, L.A., Ménard, A.D. (2022) Optimal couple sexuality: A review of the (limited) literature, Current Sexual Health Reports

Charest, M.  & Kleinplatz, P.J. (2021).What do young Canadian, straight and LGBTQ men and women learn about sex and from whom? Sexuality Research and Social Policy

Kleinplatz, P.J., Lackey, N.S., Dzendoletas, D., Pelletier, L., Holzapfel, S., Neeb, S., & Winterton, V. (2020). Introduction to Core Competencies for BESTCO Certified Sex Therapists. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 29(2), 139-142 o

Winterton, V., Dzendoletas, D., Holzapfel, S., Kleinplatz, P.J., Lackey, N., Neeb, S., & Pelletier, L. (2020). Core competencies for BESTCO certified sex therapists. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 29(2), 43-151 o

Kleinplatz, P.J., Charest, M., Paradis, N., Ellis, M.R.R., Rosen, L., Ménard, A.D., & Ramsay, T. (2020). Treatment of Low Sexual Desire or Frequency Using a Sexual Enhancement Group Couples Therapy Approach. Journal of Sexual Medicine,

Moser, C. and Kleinplatz, P.J. (2020). Conceptualization, History, and Future of the Paraphilias. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 16,

Lund, J.I., Kleinplatz, P. J., Charest, M. & Huber, J.  (2019). The Relationship Between the Sexual Self and the Experience of Pregnancy. The Journal of Perinatal Education 28(1), 43–50,

Charest, M.  & Kleinplatz, P.J. (2018). A Review of Recent Innovations in the Treatment of Low Sexual Desire. Current Sexual Health Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s11930-018-0171-4

Kleinplatz, P.J. (2018). History of the Treatment of Female Sexual Dysfunction(s).    

Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 14, 29–54.

Ellis, M.R.R. & Kleinplatz, P.J. (2018). How Contingencies of Self-Worth Influence Reactions to Emotional and Sexual Infidelity. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 28 (1).

Kleinplatz, P.J., Paradis, N., Charest, M., Lawless, S., Neufeld, M., Neufeld, R., Pratt, D.,

Ménard, A.D., Buduru, B., & Rosen, L. (2018). From Sexual Desire Discrepancies to Desirable Sex: Creating the Optimal Connection. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 44 (5), 438–449.

Charest, M., Kleinplatz, P. J. & Lund, J.I. (2016). Sexual health information disparities between heterosexual and LGBTQ+ young adults: Implications for sexual health

Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 25(2), 74-85.

Nerses, M., Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C. (2015). Group therapy with international LGBTQ+ clients at the intersection of multiple minority status. Psychology of Sexualities Review 6(1), 99-109.

Bouman, W. P. & Kleinplatz, P.J. (2015). Editorial: Moving towards understanding greater diversity and fluidity of sexual expression of older people. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 30(1), 1-3.

Ménard, A.D., Kleinplatz, P.J., Rosen, L., Lawless, S., Paradis, N., Campbell, M., and Huber, J.D. (2015). Individual and relational contributors to optimal sexual experiences in older men and women. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 30(1), 78-93.

Chapters in Books 

Moser, C. & Kleinplatz, P.J., Foreword, BDSM, Pleasure, Power, and Pain: Understanding BDSM Practices, Identities, and Communities, OUP United States 2023 Editors: B. Simula (Ed.)

Kleinplatz, P.J. & Charest, M., Creating Optimal Erotic Intimacy: An Experiential Alternative to Treating Desire "Disorders", Eros and Psyche: Existential Perspectives on Sexuality, University Professors Press United States 2022 Editors: S. Simpson, L. Hoffman & B. Robbins (Eds.)

Kleinplatz, P.J. & Charest, M., DiCaita, H., & Rayne, K., The future of sex and relationships in the 21st century: Where are we and where do we want to be?, Couple Relationships in the 21st Century., Kohlhammmer Germany 2022 Editors: S. Broning and C. Roesler (Eds.).

Kleinplatz, P.J. & Charest, M., Promouvoir l’intimité érotique optimale, La sexologie clinique, une pratique psychothérapeutique inclusive et integrative, Presses de l’Université du Québec Canada Québec, 2021 Editors: D. Medicao (Ed.)

The profession of sex therapy: Current challenges, Systemic Sex Therapy (3rd Ed.)., Page Range: 13-28, Routledge New York, 2020 Editors: K. Hertlein, & N. Gambescia (Eds.)

Kleinplatz, P.J., Rosen, L. A., Charest, M. & Spurgas, A.K., Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunctions: Critical Analyses, Handbook of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health, Page Range: 443-454, Routledge United Kingdom 2020 Editors: J. M. Ussher, J.C. Chrisler, & J. Perz

Kleinplatz, P.J., Sexual Dysfunctions, Human Sexuality Edition (3rd Edition)., Oxford University Press, Canada 2020 Editors: C. F. Pukall (Ed.)

Kleinplatz, P.J., Rosen, L. A., Charest, M. & Spurgas, A.K. (2020). Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunctions: Critical Analyses. In J. M. Ussher, J.C. Chrisler, & J. Perz. Handbook of Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (pp. 443-454). London, UK: Routledge.

Kleinplatz, P.J. (2020). The profession of sex therapy: Current challenges. In K. Hertlein, & N. Gambescia (Eds.). Systemic Sex Therapy (3rd Ed.) (pp. 13-28). New York: Routledge.

Kleinplatz, P.J. (2019). Sexual Dysfunctions. In C. F. Pukall (Ed.). Human Sexuality (3rd Edition). Canada: Oxford University Press, (in press).

Kleinplatz, P.J. (2017). An Existential-Experiential Approach to Sex Therapy. In Z. Peterson (Ed.). The Wiley Handbook of Sex Therapy (pp. 218-230). New York: Wiley.

Kleinplatz, P.J. (2017). Sexual Dysfunctions. In C. F. Pukall (Ed.). Human Sexuality (2nd Edition)(pp. 387-412). Canada: Oxford University Press.

Kleinplatz, P.J. (2016). Sexual Disorders. In J. Norcross, G.R. VandenBos, and D.K. Freedheim, (Eds.). APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology. Volume IV: Psychopathology and Health (pp. 380-394). Washington, DC: APA Press. 

Kleinplatz, P.J. (2016). Optimal Erotic Intimacy: Lessons from Great Lovers. In Levine, S., Althof, S., & Risen, C.  (Eds.). Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals (3rd Ed). (pp 318-330). New York: Routledge.

Kleinplatz, P.J. (2015). The current profession of sex therapy. In K. Hertlein, G. Weeks, & N. Gambescia (Eds.). Systemic Sex Therapy (2nd Ed.)(pp. 17-31). New York: Routledge.


Fields of Interest

  • Gender and Health
  • Sex Therapy
  • Optimal Sexual Experience
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual Relations
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Persecution
  • Sexuality Education
  • Couple Relationship
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