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Amanda Pasciucco Earns Clinical Sexologist PhD

Amanda Pasciucco Earns Clinical Sexologist PhD From the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS)


Amanda Pasciucco, PhD, LMFT, CST

Dr. Amanda Pasciucco, founder and owner of Life Coaching and Therapy, LLC, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Continuing Education Provider has earned a clinical sexologist degree from the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS). This is the highest possible academic degree to obtain in her field, and will enable her to best serve her clients and therapy team.

She has developed innovative therapy programs and videos that get results for her clients. She has more than 15,000 client hours of experience and has helped many, even internationally, reignite their erotic spark after only a few sessions.

“As I noticed more couples struggling with intimacy, I realized that it was important to build on the existing literature in the field in a different way,” says Pasciucco. 

Earning a PhD from the International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) was the path Pasciucco chose to align with how she wanted to do the qualitative research.

“With a doctoral research project, I could take my time to focus on what really matters the most to my clients – long term sexual satisfaction,” adds Pasciucco.

Doctoral Research Project on High Sexual Satisfaction After the Honeymoon Phase

Pasciucco, along with the dissertation committee, including Dr. Busbee from Yale and Dr. Moye from University of Connecticut, did a deep dive into the communities, communication, learning, and lifestyles that had to be maintained for individuals to report high levels of sexual satisfaction after new relationship energy (NRE) had faded. 

“Over the last four years, I have devoured the behaviors and conditions that enable couples in long-term romantic relationships to keep their high levels of sexual satisfaction, after the honeymoon phase is over,” explains Pasciucco.

Her research focus and dissertation title is “Understanding Sexual Satisfaction in Long-Term Romantic Relationships.” This was a qualitative study that focused on the following:

1. What sexual behaviors, communication techniques, and conditions contribute to higher levels of sexual satisfaction in allosexuals who are alloromantic with their partners?

2. Is there a difference in the levels of sexual satisfaction between individuals attached to a partner within a long-term monogamous relationship and individuals attached to a long-term partner within an ethical non-monogamous relationship?

Dr. Pasciucco found the following seven themes in her research: communication, commitment, intimacy and passion, cultural context, learning and knowledge, ethical non-monogamy consideration, and ongoing negotiations.

These findings can be applied easily by therapists, clinicians, and practitioners alike to help in couples therapy sessions.

What is a Clinical Sexologist?

A clinical sexologist is a professional who is an expert in clinical sexology. Clinical Sexology is the interdisciplinary study of human sexuality integrating research findings of human sexual behavior with the diagnosis and treatment of sexual concerns and dysfunctions. The Clinical Sexology program at IICS is dedicated to preparing licensed psychotherapists, psychologists, and other health care providers to provide clinical sexology as an addendum to their already licensed clinical practice.

International Institute of Clinical Sexology (IICS) is licensed by the Florida Commission of Independent Education (CIE) to offer a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology. Students earning this degree will hold it in perpetuity regardless of professional licensure status or geographical location. The CIE license is an assurance that IICS is held to a high educational and operating standard and is audited yearly. Accreditation by a U.S. DoE entity is not necessary as this degree does not lead to a license.

Dr. Pasciucco is excited to apply her expertise in the field of sexology, specifically high sexual satisfaction in long-term romantic relationships.


Read More About Dr. Amanda Pasciucco.


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