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Carm De Santis
Carm De Santis
Department of Sexuality, Marriage, & Family Studies

MSc, University of Guelph

BA, University of Guelph


Carm De Santis is currently on a leave of absence.


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Professor Carm DeSantis

I am constantly exploring innovative ways to weave theory and research into my practice as an educator, clinician, and researcher. Currently, my role as educator includes being a Lecturer in the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies at St. Jerome’s University, and a sessional instructor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. The courses I facilitate primarily focus on conceptualizing systemic thinking, social justice, and inclusivity as part of meaningful and therapeutic interventions with people who have intersecting identities in diverse contexts. My passion for lifelong learning affords me the opportunity to work with my collaborator, Dr. Toni Serafini, on research projects that focus on reflexivity in teaching and learning, the use of feminist pedagogies, and self-reflection in critical service learning. Because learning is not limited to the classroom, I find myself invigorated by my interactions with students, my interest in the multifaceted nature of human relations and development, and most profoundly in my work with clients. 


I graduated in 1997 from the University of Guelph’s accredited Couple and Family Therapy Program and continue to work as a relational and sex therapist in private practice in Guelph, and am a Clinical Fellow with AAMFT and OAMFT, and a registered Sex Therapist with BESTCO. I am currently completing my Doctorate in Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph, with a focus on the embodiment of pleasure, erotic literacy, and sexual diversity and inclusivity in the fields of sexuality and sex therapy. My current research projects include sexuality and cancer, women and sexuality, inclusivity and social justice, couple’s sexual satisfaction, and self-reflection in transformational learning.


The content that follows may only represent a portion of the CAS member's work.


Peer Reviewed Publications and Presentations

De Santis, C. (October, 2012). The sex & gender of pleasure. Presentation at CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research, Montreal, Quebec


Waston, E., De Santis, C., & Ellison, C. (June, 2012). The untold story: Women's sexuality. Presentation at Canadian Psychological Association Convention, Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP), Halifax, Nova Scotia


Murray, S., De Santis, C. & Milhausen, R. (May, 2012). Examining the Effects of Prescribed Sexual Activity on Couples Sexual and Relationship Satisfaction. Presentation at the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality Eastern and Mid-Continent Regional Conference, Bloomington, Indiana


Serafini, T. & De Santis, C. (2011). Undergraduate students identify what fosters critical self-reflection in higher learning. In N. Simmons (Ed.), Opportunities and new directions: Canadian scholarship of teaching and learning, Volume 2. Waterloo, ON: Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE), University of Waterloo


De Santis, C. (November, 2011). Women’s Sexuality: You are kidding! That is what I may have missed? Poster presentation at the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality, Houston, Texas


De Santis, C. (November, 2011). Advocacy and Social Justice in Sex Research. Poster presentation at the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality, Houston, Texas


De Santis, C. (September, 2011). Research Conundrum: Inclusivity. Presentation for the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Vancouver, British Columbia


De Santis, C. & Serafini, T. (May, 2011). Weaving the Capstone Braid:  Intersections Among Classroom Learning, Practicum Experience, and Personal Life. Presented at the Fifth Annual Windsor-Oakland University Teaching and Learning Conference, Windsor, Ontario


De Santis, C. & Rye, BJ. (April, 2011). “I may look like what you want, but it don’t feel good anymore”: The impact of medical tampering on women with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome’s sexuality. Presentation at the Medicalization of Sex Conference.  Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia


Rye, B.J., De Santis, C., & Meaney G.J. (2010, October). Multi-method investigation of the sexual self of three groups of women. Presentation at the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Toronto, Ontario


De Santis, C. (June 2010). Is there a preferred communication language in couple relationships? Presentation at Guelph Sexuality Conference, Guelph, Ontario


De Santis, C., & Serafini, T. (2010, May). Collaborative Teaching: A Reflective Process on Team Teaching a Practicum Course in Social Services. Presented at the Teaching & Learning Innovation Conference 2010, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario


Serafini, T. & De Santis, C. (2010, April) The Use of Critical Self-Reflection in Teaching and Learning. Presentation at the 2nd Annual Opportunities and New Directions Conference, Waterloo, Ontario


Serafini, T. & De Santis, C. (2010, April). What Do Students Really Think? Comparing Instructor and Student Perspectives of Critical Self-Reflection in Teaching and Learning. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual Opportunities and New Directions Conference, Waterloo, Ontario



SMF 208: Introduction to Systemic Therapies and Anti-Oppressive Practices
SMF 460/SMF490: Practicum and Professional Ethics