Main recruitment image for the study.

Curative Kink

Main recruitment image for the study.

Curative Kink

Some people process past trauma through BDSM and/or kink play. Scholars estimate that this is the case for about 18% of the BDSM / kink community.

Sex-positive, kink-aware researchers at New Mexico State University want to hear your story.

If you believe kink and/or BDSM have helped you heal from or cope with sexual or physical abuse in childhood, please contact us by email or phone to schedule a confidential interview (18+ only).

You can access the informed consent by clicking the PDF link at the top of the page.

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Cory J. Cascalheira
Doctoral Researcher in Counseling Psychology

Research interests include identity, oppression, and resilience among marginalized populations, especially sexual minorities, with attention to addition and sexual well-being.

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Yelena Salkowitz
Doctoral Researcher in Counseling Psychology

Research interests include human sexuality, nature as therapy, and mindfulness. Lover of nature, animals, creativity, food, culture, and the uniqueness found throughout this world.

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Ellen E. Ijebor
Doctoral Researcher of Counseling Psychology

Research interests primarily focus on sexual minorities, ethnic minorities, intersectionality and social justice.

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Tracie L. Hitter
Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology

Research interests include identity and self-concept, as well as sexuality and sexual satisfaction. Clinical interests include supervision and training, particularly as it relates to the use of experiential techniques, such as mindfulness and sand tray, to increase counselor effectiveness.