Peggy J. Kleinplatz
Peggy J. Kleinplatz is a Canadian clinical professor, psychologist, and sexologist whose work often concerns optimal sexuality, opposition to the medicalization of human sexuality, and outreach to marginalized groups.
Life and career
Kleinplatz graduated from University of Ottawa with a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1987. She is a full Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, where she was awarded the Prix d'excellence, and is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University.
Kleinplatz and physician Charles Allen Moser argue that paraphilias should be removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Kleinplatz wrote, "[T]he DSM criteria for diagnosis of unusual sexual interests as pathological rests on a series of unproven and more importantly, untested assumptions." She has also criticized the concepts premenstrual dysphoric disorder and dyspareunia as medicalizing women's bodies.
- Career timeline
- 2004 - 2008: Chair Society for Sex Therapy and Research Professional Book Awards Committee
- 2008: Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Sexual Medicine
- 2004 - 2006: Chair of Communications Steering Committee, AASECT Board of Director
- 2006: Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Sexual Health
- 2006: Chair of Certifications, AASECT Board of Directors
- 2005: Coordinator of External Practicum/Internship Setting, Sexual and Couples Therapy Training
- 2005: Ad hoc reviewer, International Journal of Men's Health
- 2004: Ad hoc reviewer, Sexuality and Culture, American Psychological Association Press
- 2004: Member, AASECT International Outreach Committee
- 1998: Member, Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality
- Kleinplatz PJ, ed. (2001). New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives. Psychology Press, ISBN 978-0-87630-967-4
- Moser C, Kleinplatz PJ (2006). Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures. Routledge, ISBN 978-1-56023-639-9
- Publications in peer reviewed journals(<2004)
- Kleinplatz, P.J., “Editorial: Sexuality and older people: Doctors should ask patients, regardless of age, about sexuality”, British Medical Journal, 337, 2008, a239
- Ménard, A.D., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “Twenty-one moves guaranteed to make his thighs go up in flames: Depictions of great sex in popular magazines”, Sexuality and Culture, 12(1), 2008, 1-20
- Kleinplatz, P.J., “Coming out of the sex therapy closet: Using experiential psychotherapy with sexual problems and concerns”, American Journal of Psychotherapy, 61(3), 2007, 333-348
- Ribner, D., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “The hole in the sheet and other myths about sexuality and Judaism”, Sex and Relationship Therapy, 22(4), 2007, 445-456
- Kleinplatz, P.J., & Ménard, A.D., “Building blocks towards optimal sexuality: Constructing a conceptual model”, The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 15(1), 2007, 72-78
- Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C., “SM: Powerful pleasure”, Journal of Homosexuality, 50(2/3), 2006, 1-348
- Kleinplatz, P.J., “Learning from extraordinary lovers: Lessons from the edge”, Journal of Homosexuality, 50(2/3), 2006, 325-348
- Dancer, P.L., Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C.A., “24/7 SM Slavery”, Journal of Homosexuality, 5(2/3), 2006, 81-102
- Moser, C., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “DSM-IV-TR and the paraphilias: An argument for removal”, Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 17(3/4), 2005, 91-109
- Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C., “Politics versus science: An addendum and response to Drs. Spitzer and Fink”, Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 17(3/4), 2005, 135-139
- Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C., “Is SM pathological?”, Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, 6(3), 2005, 255-260
- Moser, C., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “Does heterosexuality belong in the DSM?”, The Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review, 6(3), 2005, 261-267
- Kleinplatz, P.J., “How to talk to kids about sex”, San Francisco Medicine, 78(2), 2005, 19-21
- Kleinplatz, P.J., “Adding insult to injury: The classification of dyspareunia as a sexual dysfunction in the DSM”, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34(1), 2005, 36-38
- Moser, C., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “EL DSM y las Parafilias: Un argumeto para su retirada”, Revista de Terapia Sexual y de Pareja, 19, 2004, 31-56
- Offman, A., & Kleinplatz, P.J., “Does PMDD belong in the DSM? Challenging the medicalization of women’s bodies”, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 13(1), 2004, 17-27
- Kleinplatz, P.J., & Moser, C., “Towards clinical guidelines for working with BDSM clients”, Contemporary Sexuality, 38(6), 2004, 1-4
- Moser, C., Kleinplatz, P.J., Zuccarini, D., & Reiner, W., “Situating unusual child and adolescent sexual behavior in context”, Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America, 13(3), 2004, 569-589
- Kleinplatz, P.J., “Beyond sexual mechanics and hydraulics: Humanizing the discourse surrounding erectile dysfunction”, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 44(2), 2004, 215-242
- Alexander, Brian (May 22, 2008). What's ‘normal’ sex? Shrinks seek definition. MSNBC
- "Advisory Board". sexualwellness.ca. Human Centre for Sexual Wellness. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Events: Professorial promotions and awards ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
- Laurance, Jeremy (July 9, 2008). The new sexual revolution. The Independent
- "Prix d'excellence". saea.uottawa.ca. University of Ottawa. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- Moser C, Kleinplatz PJ (2005). DSM-IV-TR and the paraphilias: An argument for removal. In Dan Karasic and Jack Drescher (Eds.) Sexual and gender diagnoses of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM): a reevaluation. Haworth Press, ISBN 978-0-7890-3214-0
- Offman A, Kleinplatz PJ (2004). Does PMDD Belong in the DSM? Challenging the Medicalization of Women's Bodies. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, Vol. 13
- Kleinplatz PJ (2005). Adding insult to injury: The classification of dyspareunia as a sexual dysfunction in the DSM. Archives of Sexual Behavior, Volume 34, Number 1 / February, 2005
- "Scholarly and Professional Activities". socialsciences.uottawa.ca. University of Ottawa. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- "Peggy Kleinplatz". socialsciences.uottawa.ca. University of Ottawa. Retrieved 29 March 2011.