Dr. Paul with Woody the beagle sleeping on his shoulder.
Paul and Woody

About Dr. Paul

Paul Joannides, Psy.D. is a research psychoanalyst. He is the author of the Guide To Getting It On, an award-winning book on sex that’s been used in dozens of college sex-education courses and has won praise in Oprah Magazine, Playboy and Rolling Stone.

Paul has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He was presented with the Professional Standard of Excellence Award by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

Paul has given the opening keynote address for the CFLE-Planned Parenthood National Sex Education Conference and the Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference. The NCAA approved him to speak to college athletes on sexuality as part of their speaker’s grant program. He has been invited to speak at Dartmouth, Yale, Tufts, Lehigh, Rice, Middlebury, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and to the OB/GYN residents at one of the US Army’s largest teaching hospitals.

Paul’s blog at Psychology Today has had more than 4 million views, and he is the author of The Challenging Landscape of Problematic Sexual Behaviors, Including ‘Sexual Addiction’ and ‘Hypersexuality’ in New Directions in Sex Therapy, 2nd edition, (Kleinplatz) and The Luxury of Intersectionality in Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality (McKee, Gilbert and Galarza). His Instagram is @ZaptheOrgasmGap.

Paul runs the Alsea Bay Llama Rescue with his wife, Toni. (Several of the nature pics on this site are from the coast of Oregon, where Paul and his family live, and where they have rescued more than 50 llamas.) He occasionally bakes, and his cheesecake won ‘Best of Division’ at the Oregon State Fair.

About the Book

Covers of earlier editions of the "Guide To Getting It On"

Covers of earlier editions of the “Guide To Getting It On”

When I first wrote the Guide To Getting It On, no publisher wanted it because they said it wasn’t enough like the “Joy of Sex,” which was how all sex books were supposed to be at the time. The book also had a sense of humor, and America’s publishers believed that sex and humor were not good companions. So I started my own publishing company. Within the first year, the Guide To Getting It On was winning awards and was being used in college sex-ed courses. It has won a number of awards, and has been used in several college sex-ed courses and in medical schools. It has been translated into fourteen different languages. Twenty-five years later, I’m working on the 10th edition.

Some of the covers of the foreign translations of the "Guide To Getting It On"

Some of the covers of the foreign translations of the “Guide To Getting It On”