The highly qualified staff of the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida consists of clinical psychologists specializing in sexual and relationship issues, experienced research coordinators, registered nurses and a Family Practice Physician.
STANLEY E. ALTHOF, Ph.D.
• Professor Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
• Executive Director, Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida
Stanley E. Althof, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2004 he moved his clinical practice to West Palm Beach, Florida where he opened the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida. Dr. Althof is on the Consulting Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach. He and his two former partners were the 2005 recipients of the prestigious Masters and Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Dr. Althof also consults with several major pharmaceutical companies to develop and validate outcome measures, design research methodologies, and conduct clinical trials on a variety of new treatment options for male and female sexual problems.
Dr. Althof is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), Past-President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and the Tri-State Group Psychotherapy Society. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Menopause and the International Journal of Impotence Research and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals. He is the Associate Editor of two books- Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals and Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction.
As a skilled clinician and scientist, Dr. Althof’s research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of sexual dysfunction and their impact on men, women, and couples. He has been instrumental in the development of sex therapy as a sub-specialty. Dr. Althof is the author of many original publications and has contributed numerous chapters to leading textbooks in psychiatry, urology, and sex therapy. He is a highly sought after lecturer and travels extensively both internationally and within the United States to present his research findings.
Dr. Althof received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He completed an internship in clinical psychology at University Hospitals of Cleveland, which was followed by additional postgraduate work at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas.
Rachel Needle, Psy.D.
• Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Rachel Needle received her M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle completed an internship in clinical psychology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey: Robert Wood Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. She is a
Licensed Psychologist and Florida Certified Sex Therapist.
Dr. Needle is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Needle’s clinical and research interests include sexual function and dysfunction, relationship concerns, sexual compulsivity, battered women, and trauma. She has a particular interest in working with individuals both during and following cancer treatment. Dr. Needle has presented her research and clinical work at national and international conferences.
Alla Weisz, M.D.
Alla Weisz graduated with the highest honors from the Odessa State Medical Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine Family Practice Residency Program. She is Board Certified and licensed in the State of Florida. Currently, she is a Research Physician and Consultant to the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida where she medically evaluates and follows patients who participate in clinical trials.
Rattana Summa, RN
Rattana Summa, RN is the Clinical Research Coordinator for The Center of Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida. She has been practicing nursing in Palm Beach County for 20 years. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Summa was involved in conducting research in the areas of cardiology, oncology and, medical devices.