Dr. Peggy J. Kleinplatz* PhD


Dr. 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.


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:

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 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-021-00578-7.

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 https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2020-0015.intro.

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 https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2020-0015

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 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2020.02.012, https://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(20)30113-2/fulltext

Moser, C. and Kleinplatz, P.J. (2020). Conceptualization, History, and Future of the Paraphilias. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 16, https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-050718-095548

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1058-1243.28.1.43.

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2017.1405309

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 

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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