Dr. Ruthie Neustifter is an openly sex-queer, non-binary genderqueer, poly, and kinky sex-positive advocate that aspires to base their work in anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approaches. Their work includes being an assistant professor at the University of Guelph’s Couple & Family Therapy program, faculty facilitator of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Lab, Co-chair of the Guelph Sexuality Conference, and author of The Nice Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty. Their primarily qualitative research has most recently included topics and focuses such as: trans and genderqueer experiences of micro-aggressions in healthcare, intimate relationships of adult learners, experiences of queerness on campus, non-physical aspects of dating violence, texting-based sex education, and BDSM & body image.
Creative, applied, and accessible dissemination of data-driven findings are a major component of their efforts. Ruthie strives to meet potential knowledge users where they are, including at: sex parties & orgies, fetish spaces such as dungeons, sex toy stores, and kink events, as well as churches, homeless shelters, health centres, and police stations. They are also the co-founder and co-host of Sexually Charged Radio, which has broadcast on 93.3 FM in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and online since 2015.
Ruthie appreciates the opportunity to mentor in the next generations of sex researchers and informed consumers of that research. They are honoured to join their fellow researchers in the goal of building a field that better respects and reflects the diversities of the populations we seek to serve.