Hi, I'm Kathryn!  I'm a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor, and Pleasure Enthusiast.  I started addressing sexuality and intimacy as a brand new grad at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2011.  At Walter Reed, I developed the Occupational Therapy Sexuality & Intimacy Clinic and, for the last 4 years I worked there, was the full time clinician for the clinic. In 2017, I developed the Institute for Sex, Intimacy & Occupational Therapy to fill the gap in sexuality related education and guidance for occupational therapy professionals.  I left Walter Reed to start my private practice, Dr. Kathryn Ellis Sexual Wellness Counseling in 2020.  Additionally, I have experience as an educator, researcher, mentor, consultant, project manager, author, and textbook editor. 

Interested in customized staff training, curriculum development, mentorship, consulting, or project management?  Let's chat!  Email me at [email protected] 

And lastly, I want to give shout out to the people who've supported me as I've grown.  I'm joined by a team of sexuality experts, fellow sexuality OT professionals, and students who share my passion and contribute through external reviews, scholarly discussion, collaboration, constructive feedback, consultation, and fellow trailblazing! 


Kathryn's Books:

Ellis, K., & Ungco, J. C. (Eds.). (in press). Sexuality and intimacy: An occupational therapy approach. AOTA Press.

Ellis, K., & Hoffman, D. (in progress).  Sexuality and Intimacy Workbook for People with Limb Loss & Limb Difference.  Amputee Coalition & VA Amputee System of Care.

Ellis, K., & Dennison, C. (2014). Sex and Intimacy for Wounded Veterans: A Guide to Embracing Change. Los Angeles, California: The Sager Group.

Youtube and Podcast interviews:


OT After Dark (2020, January 10). Flirting with the Therapeutic Relationship Episode 17 [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://anchor.fm/ot-after-dark

OT After Dark (2019, April 7). The Sex and Intimacy OTs walk into a bar... Episode 5 [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://anchor.fm/ot-after-dark

Jacobs, K. (2019 September 24). Sex and Intimacy in Occupational Therapy with Kathryn Ellis [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from http://lifestylebydesign.libsyn.com/episode-30-sex-and-intimacy-inoccupational-therapy-with-kathryn-ellis.

Barnes, N. & Kersey, J. (2018, October 21). Promoting Participation After Sexual Trauma [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://glasshalffullot.com/podcast/ 


Kathryn’s Publications:

Ellis, K. M., Nordstrom, M. J., Bach, K. E., Gover-Chamlou, A. N., Messinger, S., Isaacson, B., & Pasquina, P. F. (2021). Sexuality and Intimacy Rehabilitation for the Military Population: Case Series. Sexuality and Disability, 39(2), 231–243. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11195-021-09680-5

Ellis, K. & Sakellariou, D. (2021): "Occupational therapy's engagement with empowering sexuality: Current state and future recommendations." In Editors R. Shuttleworthand L. Mona, Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Ellis, K. (2020): "Sexuality and People with Disabilities. In K. Matuska, .(Ed.5). Ways of living: Intervention Strategies to Enable Participation (5th Ed). Bethesda: AOTA Press.

Ellis, K (2019). "'We're old enough to be your parents!" How to make everyone comfortable talking about sex". OT Practice: 24(7), 28-29.

 Tickoo, S., & Ellis, K. (2019). "Indian narrative of sexuality: An occupational therapy perspective". The Occupational Therapy HUB, retrieved from https://www.theothub.com/post/indian-narrative-ofsexuality-an-occupational-therapy-perspective.

Najera, E., Landoll, R., Davenport Pollock, L., Berman, M., Ellis, K., Knies, K., Seidler, D., Bartone, P., & Bowles, S. (2017). Stress and resiliency in married military couples. In S.V. Bowles & P.T. Bartone (Ed.1), Handbook of Military Psychology (pp. 157-175). Springer.

Ellis, K. (2016). A brief overview of the effects of war injuries on sexual health. In C.E. Ritchie (Ed. 1), Intimacy Post Injury: Combat Trauma and Sexual Health (pp. 1-5). Oxford University Press

Ellis, K., & Dennison, C. (2016). Strategies, modifications, and adaptations for intimate relationships and sexual activity. In C.E. Ritchie (Ed. 1), Intimacy Post Injury: Combat Trauma and Sexual Health (pp. 59-85). Oxford University Press


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