About the hosts
As an older adult, Dr. Jane Fleishman loves talking about sex with just about anyone and, in particular, other older adults and the professionals who work with them. She is on a mission and provides training to promote the sexual well-being of older adults in continuing care communities.
Jane has conducted research on the sexuality of older adults in same-sex relationships and has written a book about LGBTQ elders’ who came of age at the time of Stonewall.
She loves teaching, writing, and answering questions about sex. That’s why she loves being a co-host of this podcast. In her mind, she thinks of herself as a bit of a local media mogul with a column, Sexuality and Aging in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and is a regular guest on WHMP, her local independent radio station.
In her 60s, Jane received a Master’s in Education and a Ph.D in Human Sexuality from Widener University. She’s been a lifelong activist and as she gets older she likes mentoring younger people taking leadership roles in social and political movements.
Dr. Jayleen Galarza (Dr. Jay; they/she/ella) is a Latinx, scholar activist, licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania, and an Associate Professor within the Social Work department at Shippensburg University. They are also an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. They completed their PhD in Human Sexuality at Widener University with a focus on exploring the intersections of queer, Latina identities and experiences.
Dr. Jay’s research and practice is firmly rooted in their passion for sexuality social justice and areas of interest include: intersectionality, Latinx sexuality, sexual/gender identities and experiences, narrative therapy, and feminist therapy. They are also co-editor of Taking Sides: Clashing Views of Human Sexuality. We are thrilled to have Dr. Jay with us at Our Better Half!
Dr. Sabitha Pillai-Friedman is an Associate Professor at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University in Chester, PA. She is also a psychotherapist and an AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, & Therapists) certified sex therapist and an AASECT approved supervisor. She works with individuals and couples in her private practice in Philadelphia. She has over 25 years of experience in providing individual, couple and sex therapy. She is passionate about enhancing the sexual well-being of people across the lifespan.
Dr. Pillai-Friedman presents nationally and internationally on wide-ranging topics related to relationships and sexuality. She frequently speaks to health care professionals, cancer survivors and patients about cancer and sexuality. Her website is https://rittenhouserelationshiptherapy.com/ We are thrilled to have Dr. Sabitha Pillai-Friedman with us at Our Better Half!
Dr. Rosara Torrisi is the director of the Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy in New York. She is a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Dr. Torrisi graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Social Work and earned a Master of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University where she also earned her PhD in Human Sexuality. She is an Adjunct Professor at Widener University and guest lecturer around the country, teaching courses about sexuality, sex therapy, and disabilities. Dr. Torrisi is an Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality educator for youth, young adults, adults, and older adults. She is recognized as a welcoming and kink-aware therapist by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and is also a recommended therapist by the Long Island LGBT Network.