Inclusion and Sexuality in Catholic Higher Education: Possibilities for Institutional Change is an analysis of effecting organizational change in Catholic higher education regarding matters of sexuality across 17 different Catholic colleges and universities in the United States.

Inclusion and Sexuality in Catholic Higher Education: Possibilities for Institutional Change is a look at how employees of Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. effected change at their universities around matters of sexuality. Study participants described the supports and barriers to change, their communication strategies for effecting change, and their hopes for the future of Catholic higher education. I offer theoretical and contextual background for Catholic higher education in the U.S. and include insights that Catholic theology can offer to various emergent themes throughout the book. After examining the data, I offer a framework for effecting change and guidelines for institutions of Catholic higher education grounded in the data and years of experience, research, and networking in Catholic higher education.

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Journal Articles

Lanza, T. & Levand, M. A. (2023). Ignored components of sexuality: The need for competent clinical practice with child survivors of sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 32(2), 164-183.

Levand, M. A. (2022). Sexuality education as developmentally appropriate in the American Catholic higher education curriculum. Sexuality, Gender, & Policy, 5(2) 122-139.

Levand, M. A. (2021). Communication strategies and responses to change around issues of sexuality in Catholic higher education. Profesional de la Información, 30(5), 1-14.

Levand, M. A. (2021). Addressing the unaddressed: Changemakers’ hopes for the future around issues of sexuality in Catholic higher education—Theological insights. Journal of Religion & Society, 23, 1-16.

Levand, M. A., & Ross, K. (2021). Sexuality education as a moral good: Catholic support for accurate, holistic sexuality information. Theology & Sexuality, 27(2-3), 169-187

Levand, M. A. (2021). Sexual science and the Catholic church: Areas of common ground. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 16(1), 124-139.

Levand, M. A., & Dyson, D.A. (2021). Areas of support and barriers to change around issues of sexuality in Catholic higher education. Sexuality Research and Social Policy18, 170-183. [Published Online: 2020]

Levand, M. A., & Roy, R. (2020). Teaching paraphilias with the DSM 5: Learning the distinction between difference and disorder. Australian Journal of Clinical Education. 7(1), 1-23.

Levand, M. A. (2020). Consent as cross-cultural communication: Navigating consent in a multicultural world. Sexuality & Culture, 24(3), 835-847. [Published Online: 2019]

Levand, M. A., & Zapien, N. (2019). Sexual consent as transcendence: A phenomenological understanding. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. 38(1), 75-92.

Levand, M. A., Chando, S. C., Wolfe, M., Pillai-Friedman, S., & Love, E. (2019). The light in the shadows: Therapeutic explorations of fantasy and fear*. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 34(4), 473-495. [Published Online: 2018]

Levand, M. A., & Canan, S. N. (2018). Navigating sexualization as a sexuality professional: Recommendations from sexuality educators at the 2016 national sex ed conference. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 13(1), 94-107.

Freyhauf, M.S., Levand, M., Ludwa, B., & Witker, K. (2011). “To the lost of Israel”: An (hypothetical) ancient letter with commentary. Conversations with the Biblical World, 31(1), 217-235.

Book Chapters

Levand, M. A. (2023). Human dignity in sex work and the Catholic tradition. In L. McGrow (Ed.), Religious responses to sex work and sex trafficking: An outrage against any decent people (pp. 66-85). Routledge.

Canan, S. N., & Levand, M. A. (2019). A feminist perspective on sexual assault. In W. O’Donohue & P. Schewe (Eds.), Handbook of sexual assault and sexual assault prevention (pp. 3-16): Springer.

Book Reviews

Levand, M. A. (2022). LGBTQ Catholics: A guide to inclusive ministry. Theology & Sexuality.

Levand, M. (2017). A review of the teaching transgender toolkit: A facilitator’s guide to increasing knowledge, decreasing prejudice & building skills. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 12(2), 195-199.

Media Publications

Levand, M. A. (2022, May 23). Fordham conference on abuse highlights ways the church can foster healthier culture of sexuality. National Catholic Reporter.

Levand, M. (2020). [Blog] The Morality of Abortion as a Single Issue. CatholicMoralTheology. Retrieved from

Levand, M. (2020). [Blog] A Catholic response to sex worker relief. CatholicMoralTheology. Retrieved from

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