About the Therapist

Jennifer Valli, PhD, is a seasoned psychotherapist, drawing on 30 years of clinical experience in psychiatry.  She is a licensed therapist in Tennessee as a general therapist but she is also nationally certified as a Sex Therapist through AASECT, The American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists, a rigorous certification in sex therapy.  A portion of Valli’s AASECT training was completed with faculty through Johns Hopkins University in the area of paraphilias/fetishes. She completed a post-graduate program in sex therapy at the University of Michigan.  She has a PhD in Clinical Sexology and is currently working on a second doctorate, this one focused on Social Change and Innovation. 

Dr. Valli is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).  She teaches core curriculum on Sexual Health to medical students and is a proud member of both Urology and OBGYN departments.   Dr. Valli has been an invited speaker for UTHSC’s Women in Medicine and Science group and for Unite, the university’s LGBTQIA group.  Her research through UTHSC’s IRB has been focused on communication about sex between medical providers and patients, including kink practitioners. 

She has been on the Board of Advisors at Men’s Fitness Magazine and has been quoted in CNN, The Guardian, Contemporary Sexuality,  Men’s Health Magazine and Men’s Fitness Magazine.  She has had articles in the Memphis Flyer, Good Health Magazine (The Commercial Appeal), and Memphis Health and Fitness Magazine.  She has been consistently listed as one of the best providers (patient voted) for transgender patients in Memphis through OUT-Memphis, the LGBTQIA community center in Memphis.  As a part of her commitment to the community, she has given several talks at hospitals and support groups.   She has also spoken nationally on sex after cancer for The American Society for Breast Surgeons and at another national organization focused on training medical providers better practices with the LGBTQ population, OUTCARE.

Listen to Jennifer discuss sexual health related issues with Geoff Calkins on 92.9 FM ESPN sports radio. Every Valentines Day, February, 2017-2024.