Charles Allen Moser

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Charles Allen Moser
EducationInstitute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
Hahnemann University
Known fortransgender health, sex education
Medical career
ResearchLGBT sexology, paraphilias

Charles Allen Moser (born 1952) is an American physician specializing in transgender health, a clinical sexologist, sex therapist, and sex educator practicing in San Francisco, California. He is the author of numerous academic publications and books in the fields of transgender health, paraphilias including BDSM, and sexual medicine.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Moser obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in physics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Master's in Social Work at the University of Washington in 1975. He obtained a Ph.D. at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 1979, and his M.D. at Hahnemann University (Drexel) in Philadelphia. He interned at Mt. Zion and St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco.[1]


Prior to obtaining his M.D. in 1991, Dr. Moser was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California with a private psychotherapy practice specializing in the treatment of sexual issues.[1]

Dr. Moser was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Sexual Medicine at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.[1] The IASHS closed in 2018.[2]

He has authored papers alone and with Peggy Kleinplatz in the area of sex therapy, and the classification of paraphilias.[3] Moser and Kleinplatz argue that paraphilias should be removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).[4][5]


Moser is an inductee of the Society of Janus Hall of Fame.[6]


  • Moser, Charles (1989). "Sadomasochism". Journal of Social Work & Human Sexuality. 7 (1): 43–56. doi:10.1300/J291v07n01_04.
  • Moser, Dr. Charles; Madeson, J. J. (September 1996). Bound to be free: the SM experience. Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-0889-1.
  • Moser, Charles (1999). Health Care Without Shame: A Handbook for the Sexually Diverse and Their Caregivers. Greenery Press. ISBN 978-1-890159-12-2.
  • Moser, Charles; Kleinplatz, Peggy J (January 2002). "Transvestic fetishism: Psychopathology or iatrogenic artifact". New Jersey Psychologist. New Jersey Psychological Association. 52 (2): 16–17.
  • Moser, Charles (8 July 2009). "Autogynephilia in Women". Journal of Homosexuality. 56 (5): 539–547. doi:10.1080/00918360903005212. PMID 19591032. S2CID 14368724.
  • Moser, Charles (24 June 2010). "Blanchard's Autogynephilia Theory: A Critique". Journal of Homosexuality. 57 (6): 790–809. doi:10.1080/00918369.2010.486241. PMID 20582803. S2CID 8765340.
  • Moser, Charles; Hardy, Janet W. (December 2011). Sex Disasters...: ... And How to Survive Them. Greenery Press. ISBN 978-0-937609-54-5.
  • Kleinplatz, Peggy J.; Moser, Charles (9 January 2014). Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures. Taylor & Francis. p. 201. ISBN 978-1-317-76597-4.


  • 2009 SSSS-WR "Outstanding Contributions to Sexual Science" Award[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "San Francisco Transgender Institute - Charles Moser, PhD, MD". San Francisco Transgender Institute. 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ Marsh, Amy (21 October 2019). "Troubled History of IASHS". Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Abbie E. (10 May 2016). The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. SAGE Publications. p. 1030. ISBN 978-1-4833-7129-0. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Klein Announces Winners of 2007 Sexual Intelligence Awards". Contemporary Sexuality. 41 (5): 14. May 2007 – via EBSCOhost.
  5. ^ Moser, Charles; Kleinplatz, Peggy J (2006). "DSM-IV-TR and the Paraphilias An Argument for Removal". Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality. 17 (3–4): 91–109. doi:10.1300/j056v17n03_05. S2CID 7221862. in Karasic, Dan; Drescher, Jack (1 May 2014). Sexual and Gender Diagnoses of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM): A Reevaluation. Routledge. pp. 91–110. ISBN 978-1-317-95457-6.
  6. ^ "Society of Janus". Erobay. 2019-07-20. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  7. ^ Charles Moser. "Charles Moser, PhD, MD, FACP" (professional CV). Archived from the original on 11 October 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2019.