About the Therapist

Jennifer Valli, PhD, is a seasoned psychotherapist, drawing on 28 years of clinical experience in psychiatry.  She is a licensed therapist in Tennessee as a general therapist but 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.   Valli is a Diplomate of The American Board of Sexology.  

Dr. Valli teaches at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).  She teaches core curriculum on Sexual Health to medical students and has presented for grand rounds events for Continuing Education Credit multiple times for faculty and residents.  She has been an invited speaker for UTHSC’s Women in Medicine and Science Speaker Series and for the LGBTQIA in Healthcare speaker series.  Her research through UTHSC IRB has been focused on communication about sex between medical providers and patients, including kink practitioners. 

She is 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.  In 2015-2019, she was listed as one of the best providers (patient voted) for transgender patients in Memphis through OUT-Memphis, the LGBTQIA community center in Memphis.


Jennifer combines genuine compassion for her patients with a depth of clinical experience and knowledge in this specialty field to help individuals on sensitive subjects that tend to cause a great deal of shame.  She is authentic and this comes across in a way that is refreshing when many people seem to have agendas.  She focuses on both emotional and physical intimacy in her practice and she is a sexual health advocate in her roles as therapist and educator. 


Listen to Jennifer with Geoff Calkins on 92.9 FM ESPN sports radio. February, 2017