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Lisa Lawless, Ph.D.

Professional Background

Dr. Lawless is the founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Science & Art in Sexuality (NAASAS) which is an educational organization for professionals in the field of sexuality and the adult novelty industry. She is also the CEO of Holistic Wisdom, Inc. which provides several web sites and resources for both professional and consumer sexual wellness education and products.

Dr. Lawless is a psychotherapist with over 25 years of therapeutic practice in the mental health field with a specialization in sexual health. In addition, she is an accredited member of The American College of Sexologists International (ACS) and has held membership through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She has been published on a variety of websites as well as in print magazines and newspapers all over the world.

In addition, she is also the inventor of Fascinator Waterproof Throws, Sneaky Sacks and other sexually related products. As an expert in sexual health she has written many articles as well as a book: Women's Sexual Empowerment. She is a public speaker through private workshops, lectures and a guest speaker through expos and events.

Lisa Lawless

Lisa S. Lawless, Ph.D., CEO
Founder of Holistic Wisdom, Inc. & the National Association for the Advancement of Science & Art in Sexuality (NAASAS)

Dr. Lawless has been interviewed as an expert in sexual trends on U.S. radio and television shows as well as in print publications such as: First for Women Magazine, Men's Health Magazine, XBiz Magazine, UCLA's newspaper and Redbook Magazine. She has spoken about a variety of topics in sexual health from sex tips to political and health issues in the industry on radio shows such as: The Dr. Laura Berman Radio Show, Playboy XM Radio and Irie Radio.

Her work as a sexual health activist has positively impacted many sexual health trends in the adult novelty business today. Dr. Lawless has worked with sex toy manufacturers, adult distributors and nationally has been involved as an vocal activist in publicized legal cases that have involved the ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union, Free Speech Coalition and more. Her dedication for helping sexual health professionals comes from a true passion for doing what is right for the advancement of sexual rights, equality and health.

Professional Resume & Background

Lisa has studied Human Services, Sexuality, Psychology, Social Work, Nutrition and Holistic Health through Elon University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the American Institute of Holistic Theology in addition to many workshops and additional forms of study.

2000 - Present

Holistic Wisdom, Inc. & NAASAS, Asheville, NC-

The National Association for the Advancement of Science & Art in Sexuality
CEO / Founder: Supervises all company divisions and procedures: e-commerce, market research, sales, public relations, book keeping, graphic design, web page development, creative designer of product packaging, networking, wholesale, Affiliate Director and legal research. Freelance writer, radio and television interviews workshops, classes and shows.


TriWest Group, LLC (TWG), Boulder, CO
Provide consultation to clients in the human service arena. Efforts focused on the implementation and evaluation of managed care systems in the areas of child welfare, behavioral health and eldercare services. Writer for proposal with company's largest client: Access Behavioral Care.

1999 - 2000

Private Practice: Counseling Source, Longmont, CO
Psychotherapist: On site and telephone counseling sessions for mental and holistic health.

1998 - 1999

Boulder Community Hospital,
Behavioral Health, Boulder, CO

Care Coordinator
with JCAHO, ADAD approved psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital. Responsibilities included case management of intensive outpatient, partial and inpatient levels of care. Provided collateral contacts with consumer support systems, community resource networking, clinical treatment planning, initial and ongoing clinical assessments and disposition planning using solution/wellness model. Collaborated with attending psychiatrists and internal clinical staff. Conducted individual and family counseling sessions using cognitive, behavioral, solution focus, and crisis intervention techniques. Performed quality assurance monitoring, marketing contacts with community resources, and facility orientations to patients and their families.

1996 - 1998

Charter Behavioral Health Systems, LCC, Rockville, MD
Case Manager
for JCAHO approved hospital. Supervised all utilization review for acute inpatient, partial, residential, and intensive outpatient levels of care. Responsibilities included: clinical collaboration with all clinical staff. Worked with clinical case managers representing multiple insurance, managed care, and state agencies. Trained all departmental employees to utilize two internal computer programs. Managed all clinical appeals regarding external managed care denials. Facilitated peer reviews, and acted as internal patient advocate and administrator for medication hearings. Researched identified trends and planning in case management to provide marketing strategies for the hospital. Served as liaison to on-site external reviewers. Performed quality assurance monitoring, marketing contacts with community resources, and facility orientations to patients and their families.

1994 - 1996

Value Options, Inc., Merrifield, VA
Mid-Atlantic Out of Panel Authorization Coordinator
for mental health and chemical dependence managed care corporation. Responsibilities included: therapeutic collaboration with mental health providers and the Mid-Atlantic Unit Case Management Department. Assessment of patient treatment needs, referral and recommendations to clinical case managers for further review. Provided authorization to mental health providers to treat patients based upon clinical credentials and negotiated rates. Departmental monthly reporting, staff scheduling, and documentation of daily departmental proceedings.

Mid-Atlantic Service Associate: Supervised fifteen staff members as Team Leader, delegated correspondences to appropriate Service Associates. Trained new employees: trained staff on six internal computer programs, monitored calls, reviewed trainee cases and provided trainees with insight for productive solutions. Provided direct support to Service manager through implementation of team building concepts and procedures. Triaged and managed confidential calls from beneficiaries, providers, and clients. Assessed caller needs, and developed solutions regarding clinical, financial, management and benefit issues. Educated providers on all relevant policies and procedures.

1995 - 1996

Threshold Services Inc., Rockville, MD
Internship within Masters of Social Work program for private group home with chronically mentally ill adults. Responsibilities included: Individual therapy using a biopsychosocial base with psychosocial, behavioral modification, and cognitive techniques. Performed clinical and administrative documentation while reporting to the Associate Executive Director.


American Psychiatric Management, Rockville, MD
Counselor Intake Coordinator
for mental health and chemical dependency abuse services in HMO insurance corporation. Responsibilities included: handling confidential client calls, assessment and referrals to clients for mental health needs. Provided crisis intervention, appropriate clinical matching, therapeutic collaboration with mental health providers and case managers, assigning case managers to patients for further long-term mental health and substance abuse needs.

1990 - 1993

Sunrise Retirement Communities, Inc. Arlington, VA
Assistant Director of Activities
in licensed home for seniors. Responsibilities included: development and implementation of activity plans, assessment of resident needs, and community networking.

Information Assistant
in marketing department. Responsible for inquiry tours and follow-up, public relations, and data entry.

Resident Assistant: performed receptionist duties, assisted residents with ADL's and distributed medication.

1990 - 1991

Rape Crisis Alliance of Alamance County, Burlington, NC
Crisis Counselor
to rape crisis clients. Victim advocate in such settings as: court, police investigations and hospital examinations. Other duties: public educator and clerical assistant to administrator.

Counselor in group home for adolescents, Therapeutic focus varied with client clinical diagnosis: specializations in sexual abuse, ADHD and ADD. Responsibilities included: assessment of client needs, development of treatment for individual clients, crisis interventions including counseling and physical management using solution focused, psychosocial and behavioral modification treatment interventions. Performed medication management implementation, documentation of client behaviors and treatment. Other duties: implementation of program through group therapy, providing guidance on social skills, hygiene and coping skills.

1990 - 1991

Alamance Family Recovery Center, Burlington, NC
conducted group therapy sessions, family/client intake assessments, and staff meetings in drug and alcohol treatment center for adolescents.

1989 - 1990

Iliff Nursing Home, Dunn Loring, VA
Assistant Director of Activities:
coordinated activities, organized and edited monthly newspaper, flyers, memos and newsletter.
Assistant Physical Therapist: prepared clients for therapy sessions and assisted in performed procedures.

Computer Experience


Dreamweaver, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Web Position Gold, Cute FTP, Homestead Template Builder, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, Eudora, Text Pad, Microsoft Money, Printshop 6.0, Quicken Financial Solutions, Word Perfect, Adobe Photoshop.

AS400, RIMS, Comtec, Medicaid State U.R. Program, OQ45.2 (Patient Diagnostic Tool), Milcom (Patient Data Base System), Wangate.


Completed Workshops & Seminars

Sexual Health:
Sexual Trauma, Male Rape, General Rape Crisis, Sexual Abuse, Sex & Spirituality, Adult Novelty Education, Women's Sexuality, Sex & Society.

General Health:
Chemical Dependency Counselor Training, Physical Restraint Training, Prescription Drug Training, ADL Training, Medication Distribution Training, CPR & First Aid Training, Life Guard Certification, Swimming Instructor.

Book Publications

Women's Sexual Empowerment: The Art of Female Ejaculation
(Sexual Health)

Sex & Diet: A Nutritional Guide to Great Sex
(Sexual Health)


Classes Taught-

Basic Counseling Skills & Group Therapy
Promoting Nontoxic Sex Toys & Products
Adult Novelty Industry Trends

Sexual Education Courses
Adult Novelty Internet Business Development
Sex & Nutrition


Learn More About How Dr. Lawless
Got Her Start In The Field Of Sexuality


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