Keynote | Dr. Justin R. Garcia
Executive Director, Kinsey Institute
Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of Gender Studies
IU Bicentennial Professor, Indiana University
Evolutionary Biologist & Sex Researcher
Dr. Garcia's research focuses on the evolutionary foundations of variation in courtship, intimacy, and sexual behavior. He has co-authored dozens of academic articles and book chapters, and is co-author of Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (Harvard University Press) and co-editor of Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (Oxford University Press). An award winning researcher and educator, Dr. Garcia has lent his expertise to a variety of industry partners, serving as a scientific consultant to K-Y Brand, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and others, and as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Defense. Since 2010, he has been Scientific Advisor to the world’s largest relationship company, Match. His next book is titled The Intimate Animal.
Keynote | Dr. Markie L.C. Twist
Sexuality Educator, Sexologist,
Relationship Therapist, Authors, & International Speaker
Dr. Markie Louise Christianson Twist (she/her/they/them), Ph.D. is an award-winning sexuality educator, sexologist, relationship therapist, author and international speaker. Dr. Twist is the Program Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy Program, and Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department and Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor, as well as a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a certified sexuality educator and supervisor through the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
Dr. Twist is co-author of the book, The Internet Family: Technology in Couple and Family Relationships. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Sexual and Relationship Therapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research, and Practice. In addition, Dr. Twist serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as a session instructor at the University of Guelph. To learn more about Dr. Twist visit: drmarkie.com.